The Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Children’s Programs will design and implement an overall development and alumni relations plan that reflects and achieves the fundraising, volunteer engagement, community and alumni outreach goals for the School for Children (“SFC”), as part of an on-going comprehensive Campaign for the College. The plan will include (a) a strategy and work plan to generate support from all constituencies for the SFC Annual Fund through frontline fundraising, annual benefit events, and alumni class giving; (b) a strategy and work plan for volunteer recruitment and management around major volunteer-staffed events such as the Fall Fair and the Spring Auction; and (c) a comprehensive annual timeline/calendar for other Development and Alumni Relations events.
As a member of the College’s Development and External Relations office (“DERO”) and member of the leadership team of the School for Children, the Director will serve as the primary agent of development within the School for Children and the conduit between DERO and the SFC.
Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities include: 1. Collaborate and drive individual giving efforts to meet Annual Fund goal for Children’s Programs, and partner with leadership and major gift staff in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors for the Centennial campaign. 2. Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with current donors, volunteers, parents, staff, and Board members through face to face meetings 3. Lead all efforts, including volunteer recruitment and management, donor cultivation and stewardship, event logistics and planning, related to the Fall Fair, the Spring Auction, and any other development and/or alumni events focused on the SFC. 4. Collaborate and partner with the Annual Funds Manager in the design and implementation of all Annual Fund materials and appeals, including website content for information and marketing, in partnership with the Communications Team. Prepare annual operating plan for systematic annual giving with quantifiable goals, responsibilities, evaluation measures, and completion dates. a. Advance and grow parent donor campaign through frontline fundraising b. Advance and grow alumni, alumni parent, grandparent, faculty/staff, and friends as donors to SFC and Family Center. c. Work closely and partner with development volunteer leadership and committee 5. Foster growth in the participation of the SFC’s alumni in all aspects of the School’s program, including its development efforts. 6. Work to develop a culture of philanthropy and increase class participation at the School, fostering good will with constituents, cultivating connections with the school community, and developing new and meaningful relationships with those outside the School. 7. Follow best practices of recording contact reports and updating information on donors, volunteers and alumni in the Raiser’s Edge database.
Additional responsibilities include: • Write and edit fundraising materials including letters and proposals, copy for o fundraising print and website communications tools, and the annual Bank Street School for Children Donor Honor Roll o Identify prospects for major gift solicitation and partner in building meaningful relationships with other fundraisers towards this effort • Compile and appropriately distribute reports, and schedules to keep key staff and volunteers informed of progress and goals • Prepare presentations and solicitation strategies as needed • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: • BA required, MA preferred • Knowledge of and experience in independent school development, fundraising, and alumni relations preferred • At least 3 years of development experience and responsibility, especially with annual giving, major gifts, and fundraising benefit events, or related experience • Ability to excel both as a frontline fundraiser and program manager • The ideal candidate must have a commitment to the educational mission of Bank Street College of Education and the School for Children, an exemplary work ethic, the ability to work as a collaborative team member and independently with consistent follow through. A "people person" who works effectively with volunteers and colleagues • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required; comfort with technology, especially with Raiser’s Edge, or similar relational database • Excellent writing, organizational and communications skills • Experience with strategic planning • Ability to work mornings, evenings and weekends as needed
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.