The Assistant Director of Advancement – Annual Fund will provide vision, leadership and creativity in order to build a successful and sustainable annual giving program. S/he will develop fundraising strategies and gift opportunities through a comprehensive communication and solicitation plan involving email, direct mail, telephone, personal visitation and volunteer engagement. They will work closely with the Head of School, Director of Advancement, as well as volunteers, to meet Annual Fund goals, increase participation and level of giving and steward relationships with our constituents to shape a culture of giving which supports The Frances Xavier Warde School.
Participate with the Advancement team in the creation and execution of the overall development plan and calendar of events to ensure meeting the financial goals of the department.
Create project timelines, budgets, marketing collateral and calendar for all FXW and CATC annual solicitations.
Work with the Director of Advancement on all solicitations.
Develop and implement cultivation and stewardship program initiatives.
Recruit, train and direct leadership and volunteers for the annual fund campaign.
Manage preparation, writing, design, printing and dissemination of Annual Report and other related printed materials.
Regularly update and monitor all website content that relate to Advancement Office.
Identify new prospective donors and areas of potential gift growth for current donors.
Assist with major gift solicitation as part of the school’s comprehensive development program including FXW, CATC and any capital initiative. Specific responsibilities may include prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation.
Prepare and oversee all grant applications.
Coordinate and develop additional media content such as video or audio pieces as needed.
Provide timely reports to the Director of Advancement and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees as to the progress towards goals and deadlines.
Attend and assist in all Department and Institution events as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Additional Job Requirements
Employee must be able to support philosophy and mission of the School Board and Head of School
Ability to work with all levels of the FXW community from students to Board of Trustee’s
Ability to manage and maintain sensitive and confidential school, student and parent information
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Detailed oriented and excellent organizational skills
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement and Head of School
Physical Demands and Work Environment
This position may require lifting and moving between 10-50 lbs. potentially up/down stairs.
Hours of work may vary Sunday through Saturday and are structured in eight (8) hour blocks of time, but they may be subject to include evenings and weekends as required for the departments or School’s needs.
Bachelor’s degree required
3-5 years of previous Development or Event Planning experience
Knowledge and use of all social media outlets
Experience with the back end of web systems necessary
Strong skills in Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising database programs.
The Frances Xavier Warde School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orienation or national origin.
The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an excellent academic, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The Frances Xavier Warde School provides need-based scholarships to thirty percent of its studen...ts. The Frances Xavier Warde School partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all its students to learn about and respect other faith traditions. The Frances Xavier Warde School uses a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.