Director of Institutional Advancement

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), a campus of the University of Arkansas System, invites applications from highly qualified candidates for an anticipated twelve-month, full-time opening as Director of Institutional Advancement beginning no later than July 1, 2017.  The Director of Institutional Advancement serves as a member of the Administrative Council and reports to the Director of ASMSA.

In brief, ASMSA is tasked with providing extraordinary opportunities for a diverse group of students. Established by the General Assembly in 1991 as a public, residential high school to serve talented and motivated Arkansas juniors and seniors from throughout the state as a school of choice, ASMSA—located in historic downtown Hot Springs and adjacent to Hot Springs National Park—is one of only 16 public, residential high schools in the United States focusing on advanced educational experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as the arts. ASMSA offers more than 60 courses for college credit, and all students earn an average of 45 hours of college credit while finishing high school.  Graduates achieve an average ACT composite score of 30.3.  Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post have ranked ASMSA among the nation’s Top 25 high schools over the past four years. 

The Director Institutional Advancement has the overall responsibility for leading the development and advancement program, including all activities related to that process. This responsibility includes working closely with a wide array of external stakeholders, including industry leaders, alumni, parents, community members, legislators, foundations, civic groups, and the ASMSA Foundation Fund Board of Ambassadors.  The Director of Institutional Advancement supervises effective fundraising campaigns that include major gifts, annual giving, online giving, capital campaigns and provides oversight for donor relations and records management.

The Office of Institutional Advancement also plays a critical role in continued engagement and support of ASMSA’s over 2,000 alumni living in Arkansas and beyond.  The Director of Institutional Advancement will assist alumni in the further development and growth of the Association for Alumni and Friends of ASMSA.

The successful candidate should have substantial experience working with unique secondary programs, higher education institutions, or NGOs. Applicants must demonstrate success in fundraising to support the scope of an institution’s mission. 

A Master’s degree in public administration, business, education, or a related field or the ability to demonstrate prior experience commensurate with the position is preferred. 

As a residential community of learning, ASMSA’s core philosophy values the development of students’ interests and talents beyond the classroom.  As such, senior administrators are expected to play active roles in facilitating successful transitions for students, promote the school through outreach programs, and contribute to the overall residential experience.

Candidate must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.

Visit for institutional information. Send a letter of interest, resumé, contact information for three references, completed application, and an unofficial transcript via email to

Review of applications will commence February 15, 2017, and continue until the position has been filled. The estimated salary range is $65,000 to $70,000.

ASMSA is an AA/EOE employer.


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