The Annual Giving Officer works as a key fundraiser responsible for increasing individual donor to annual giving programs and developing and implementing annual giving strategies and programs that include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of unrestricted and restricted annual gifts. The Annual Giving Officer oversees a comprehensive annual giving program including direct mail, phonathons, reunion giving, online strategies, and individual solicitations. This position works independently as well as in partnership with Advancement staff and a variety of Gilmour community members to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts to the Academy. Primary goals are to expand annual fund giving.
Reports to: Director of Institutional Advancement
Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all constituents for the purpose of increasing annual giving and participation
Develop and implement an annual giving plan including timelines, key objectives, and evaluation metrics
Communicate persuasively and effectively in person and in writing about Gilmour’s plans and programs to target prospects from a variety of backgrounds.
Recruit, train and manage reunion class and Annual Fund volunteers
Utilize data from Raiser's Edge donor management database to develop comprehensive assessment tools, including analytical reports and comparison charts for every aspect of the annual giving program to improve efficiency and effectiveness
Participate in regular meetings with school leadership to plan, implement, and evaluate objectives and strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual giving prospects.
Help plan and execute annual giving events, direct mail, e-mail/social media/online and phonathon campaigns
Support the overall goals of the Advancement Office by providing assistance to the events and activities of others in the department
Support acknowledgement and recognition systems of all annual giving contributions
Conduct face-to-face and phone solicitations of individual constituents
Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of demonstrated expertise in fundraising and implementation of donor relations strategies and best practices in annual giving, preferably in an educational setting.
Self-starter with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
Demonstrated experience in proper methods for identifying, qualifying, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects to build an annual giving program
Proficiency with advancement software (preferably Raiser’s Edge) and proven ability to utilize, analyze and evaluate data
Knowledge and experience with direct mail, as well as online and social media strategies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The ability to work independently and within a team environment.
Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals from varying backgrounds. Demonstrates interest in building positive and authentic relationships. Experience researching, cultivating and stewarding individual donors.
Some evening and weekend work and s travel are necessary for this position
Gilmour Academy is a pre-K through grade 12, independent, Catholic, coeducational college-preparatory school, sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross. Founded in 1946, Gilmour offers programs for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 12 as well as a Montessori Preschool Program. A boarding program, which attracts students from around the world, is available for students in grade 7-12.
Located on 144 scenic acres in Gates Mills, Ohio, Gilmour helps each child discover his or her voice through an educational program committed to educating both the mind and heart. Gilmour's mission is to develop in all students "the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society".
Gilmour is chartered by the State of Ohio and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central Stares (ISACS), and The American Montessori Society.
We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff and trustees bodies should reflect the diverse vorld in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.
Gilmour Academy is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.