Business Management, Communications/PR, Development/Fund Raising
4 Year Degree
Founded in 1861, The Pingry School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for over 1,000 students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade, situated on two campuses in Basking Ridge and Short Hills, New Jersey.
The Pingry School’s Office of Institutional Advancement promotes the School’s culture of philanthropy, inspiring parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, students, faculty and staff, and friends to advance the mission of the School.
The Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations is a full-time, twelve-month position reporting to the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement. The Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations designs, implements, and evaluates the cultivation and stewardship programs of the office, and thrives in a fast-paced fundraising environment. The Director performs the crucial task of building and strengthening relationships with the Pingry community through ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies, advising on the facilitation of recognition events, and coordinating various stewardship activities and reports for donors.
Manage and update content on planned giving and endowed fund webpages on the School’s website; including updating donor profiles on the site and for use in the School’s alumni magazine
Create, maintain and regularly update all donor receipts and acknowledgement letters; review daily gifts
Prepare and manage all content for Pingry’s Annual Report
Establish and maintain information tracking regarding recognition, on-going communications, and continued cultivation of past and current major donors
Research and report on all endowed funds and named funds including financial aid funds, and student and faculty prizes and awards each fiscal year
Cultivation and Solicitation:
Serve as a creative resource in identifying and developing new methods of donor communications, i.e. web pages, social media.
Oversee Pingry’s giving societies including the C.B. Newton Society
Plan, write, and execute the planned giving newsletter
Write persuasive grant proposals annually to solicit support from corporations and foundations and report on grants received
Manage prospect research that supports the Annual Fund and Major Gifts programs
Volunteer Management and Events:
Manage all donor-funded events and activities, including annual lecture series, dedications, recognition plaques, prize funds and faculty funds.
Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual 1861 reception
Serve as an active member of the Advancement team
Work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Advancement to develop creative design and marketing outreach
Anticipate and communicate trends, advancements, and best-practices in fundraising for independent schools both regionally and nationally
Work collaboratively with the Business Office to manage endowed and named funds
Participate and engage in School life and adhere to the School’s mission
Participate in pertinent and varied professional development opportunities
Work closely with the Advancement Services, Annual Giving, and Alumni Relations Teams
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree is required
Minimum 5 years fundraising, stewardship or alumni relations experience, with a proven track record in the non-profit or business industries
Excellent writing skills
Understand high-functioning fundraising, as well as donor engagement, programs, and high-level stewardship
Efficiency in managing multiple projects at once
Work with a sense of urgency
Ability to set goals, institute timelines and meet deadlines
Raiser’s Edge (or comparable) experience, including ability to build reports; create and run queries and dashboards; develop analytics on various strategies; research trends; and improve ways of operation; strong knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing
Experience with planning and executing events
Ability to professionally interact with all members of the School community; excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits package
Founded in 1861, The Pingry School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Situated on two spacious campuses in Basking Ridge and Short Hills, New Jersey, the school draws students of varied talents and diverse backgrounds from over 100 communities in the central New Jersey region.
Together, our two campuses in Short Hills... (K-5) and Basking Ridge (6-12) serve approximately 1,080 students. Pingry students participate in a challenging and engaging academic program, complemented by extensive co-curricular opportunities.