St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is seeking a Director of the Annual Fund to begin July 1, 2017. This position reports to the Director of Development. The Director of the Annual Fund directs and coordinates all Annual Fund initiatives, including new prospect identification, goal-setting, marketing, cultivation, and solicitation; assists with stewardship; and coordinates all Annual Fund mailing and event schedules.
Working to develop and cultivate relationships with current and alumni parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends of the Day School, the Director works daily with Development Office staff and volunteer leadership to ensure that the Day School identifies, attracts, retains, and stewards key gifts each year. We are seeking an individual who is adept at juggling multiple tasks in a high-energy, fast-paced, open-office environment. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidate should expect to work occasional evenings and weekends.
The Day School
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling more than 500 students on two campuses. The Day School program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools—including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Mid-Atlantic and New England and, less frequently, public schools—upon graduation.
Since its founding in 1956, St. Patrick’s has grown and changed significantly, opening as a nursery school for parish families, expanding through the elementary grades beginning in 1967, and adding Grades 7 and 8 on the MacArthur Campus in 2001 and 2002. Since 2000, we have transformed the main Whitehaven Campus, the longtime home of our nursery and elementary programs, with new classrooms, two new libraries, a gymnasium and performance center, and three playgrounds. We are in the early stages of a campaign to support, in part, the first phase of an Outdoor Spaces Master Plan that will redevelop and extend those play areas.
In 2012, St. Patrick’s completed an $8-million campaign that supported construction of our first regulation athletic field and related infrastructure on the nearby Foxhall Campus and strengthened the capital base of the institution through the reduction of debt. The campaign referenced in the previous paragraph will also support the build-out of a leased facility that will become the new home of a relocated and expanded middle school for Grades 6, 7, and 8.
Even with all of this change, the core of the institution has remained constant. St. Patrick’s continues its 60-year tradition of providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment in the District of Columbia for young people to grow as healthy intellectual, social and emotional, and moral and spiritual beings. Please see the Day School website at www.stpatsdc.org.
The Development Office
The Development Office is responsible for the Day School’s fundraising and volunteer activities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the Development Office engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. In all of its programs and activities, the Development Office strives to achieve a proper balance among school needs, volunteer initiative, and donor participation.
The Development Office team is comprised of four full-time employees and two part-time employees—the Assistant Head of School for Development, the Director of Development, the Director of the Annual Fund, the Co-Directors of Constituent Relations, and the Development Associate. In addition, a part-time Auction consultant—the longtime Associate Director of Development now an independent contractor—continues to work with Development Office staff and parent volunteers on that important event in support of the Financial Aid Program.
The Annual Fund, the Day School’s top philanthropic priority, raised $1.2 million from over 600 donors in 2015-2016 and is on pace for a similar result in 2016-2017. In 2015-2016, 92% of current parents, our largest donor constituency, supported the Annual Fund. St. Patrick’s also celebrates 100% participation from our Board of Trustees and faculty and staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate and oversee annual branding, education of new parents, ongoing solicitations to give to the Annual Fund?working with Development Office staff and volunteers to coordinate face-to-face, phone, direct mail, and online giving.
- Recruit and oversee all Annual Fund volunteers?including current parents, grandparents, alumni parents, and alumni?in devising and managing a program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the Day School, including regular communication with the volunteers and reporting on progress. This program will include the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for repeatable, renewable, or replaceable gifts.
- Create the design and manage the printing of all written materials, in coordination with the Director of Communication.
- Draft acknowledgement letters and assist the Development Associate in entering all gifts and pledges into the Development Office database.
- Work with the Development Associate on creating queries or Crystal reports from the database as needed for mailings, special events, solicitations, exports, and segmentations.
Research and Prospect Identification
- In the summer, assist in new prospect identification and develop profiles on all new parents and grandparents and all campaign prospects.
- Throughout the year, update profiles and complete more sophisticated research, ensuring that all information is transferred into the Development Office database.
- Assist with the Auction catalog production, event registration, and management (January-March), and other all-hands activities throughout the year, such as Family Fun Day in September and Grandparents and Special Friends Visiting Day in November.
- Work closely with the Assistant Head of School for Development and the Director of Communication on the three issues of The Press and the Annual Report through preparation of donor lists and mailing labels, etc.
- Prepare annual statistical reporting for AIMS, AISGW, NAIS, CASE, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Head of School for Development and Director of Development.
- Contribute to a professional office environment, work as a team player, and maintain an organized desk and office.