The Director of Annual Programs is responsible for the implementation, stewardship and growth of all fundraising activities relating to the school’s annual fund. The Director is also responsible for the management, cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio containing 50-75 major gift prospects and involved in promoting the vision and goals of Shady Hill School through annual fund-raising, endowment fund-raising, and committee work involving capital campaigns and events. This is a full-time, twelve-month position.
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Provide strategic direction and leadership for philanthropic giving to all annual programs
Manage, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of 50-75 major gift prospects
Work closely with the Associate Director of Advancement to ensure a well-populated donor pipeline of annual fund, major gifts and planned giving prospects
Manage annual fund committees and oversee annual fund giving efforts
Manage and ensure a well-populated base and pipeline of annual fund and community volunteers
Work closely with the Director of Advancement to build the planned giving program; annually grow the donor base of outright and planned giving donors. Work with the Director of Community Relations to ensure the appropriate outreach and recognition to support the program
Manage the reunion-giving program. Oversee planning and recruitment of volunteers for high capacity reunion classes focusing on 25th and 50th in year one
Develop strategy and set goals for overall participation and annual fund dollars raised within all donor constituencies
Recruit, organize, and support reunion and annual fund volunteers
Oversee the preparation of solicitation and acknowledgement materials
Manage Phonathons and direct mail appeals
Build strong relationships with faculty, staff, parents and alumni throughout school community
Maintain standards of professional competence, including adherence to a professional code of ethical conduct and a high level of confidentiality
Represent the Advancement Office at fundraising and community events, including some nights and weekends
Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Director of Advancement and/or Director of Advancement
Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to embrace the school’s mission
Excellent administrative, organizational, and time management skills
Strong analytical skills
Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft office suite, email, and web-based applications
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communication skills
Punctuality and dependability
Ability to maintain accurate records
Ability to work in a diverse and multicultural setting effectively and professionally
Ability to maintain productive and professional relationships with students, employees, school parents, and the Board of Trustees
Adherence to all personnel policies, procedures, and rules promulgated by the School
Successful criminal background investigation and completion of Form I-9 Employment Authorization (with valid ID)
Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required
5-10 years of experience in alumni relations, fundraising, or related field
Volunteer management experience preferred
Capital campaign experience preferred
Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday.
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary
How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include “Director of Annual Programs” in the subject line of the e-mail.
About Shady Hill School:
For nearly 100 years, Shady Hill has been a leader in progressive elementary and middle school education and teacher training. The year-long central subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. As a diverse school, we believe that a varied and inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire faculty and staff who share our vision. We offer a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at www.shs.org.
For ten decades, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 500 students (B-8) and seventy-five full- and part-time teachers, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The year-long central subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. The school’s program allows children ...to explore their worlds and test their powers. We seek to develop independent, joyful, and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. This same philosophy guides our curriculum in mathematics, science, world languages, physical education, and the arts.
We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions. As a diverse school, we believe that a varied and inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to working in a diverse community.