The Director of Annual Giving and Alumnae/i Relations will join The White Mountain School at a pivotal time in its 132 year history. Nearing the end of the silent phase of the School’s largest ever comprehensive campaign, the new Director will continue to advance the School’s growing annual fund and alumnae/i engagement efforts. Working in concert with White Mountain’s leadership team and the School’s forward-looking strategic plan, the new Director will oversee annual giving strategy and activities as well as alumnae/i engagement.
White Mountain’s Annual Fund contributes approximately 10% of the operating budget each year. The Annual Fund has grown significantly in the last 5 years and at a rate of 5% for the last 3 years, representing a strong and healthy fundraising trajectory for a small school. White Mountain has met or exceeded ambitious annual giving goals each year in the last 5 years. The School has a dedicated and growing donor base of alumnae/i, current parents and parents of graduates who are clearly excited to be investing in the mission and vision of the School. Alumnae/i engagement has also grown in the last decade, contributing to the overall success of the School.
This is a full-time, year-round position with a competitive salary and benefits.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement long and short-term strategies to reach established Annual Fund goals.
Write, organize and facilitate Annual Fund appeals with variable segmentation strategies, including mail, email and social media channels.
Work closely with the Head of School and Campaign Director on the solicitation of the School's major gift and leadership Annual Fund donors.
Manage a portfolio of annual giving prospects with giving potential of $2.5k – $25k through all phases of the donor cycle, meeting with prospects annually and personally soliciting gifts.
Oversee all gift entry and reporting, and evaluate progress toward goals.
Communicate progress of the Annual Fund to various constituencies, including the Head of School, Board of Trustees, Campaign Director, faculty/staff and via a published Annual Donor Report.
Plan and help execute alumnae/i and donor engagement events including, Alumnae/i Weekend, Alumnae/i Ski Weekend and area receptions.
In coordination with the Director of Communications, assist with written alumnae/i and donor engagement pieces for the School’s monthly e-newsletter, The Telemark, and annual magazine, Echoes.
Involvement in other aspects of boarding school life to be determined based on candidate strengths.
This position provides an excellent opportunity for an experienced fundraiser and donor relations professional to join a successful program that has the opportunity for exciting growth within the context of a thriving school and successful campaign.
The ideal applicant will have
Bachelor's degree or higher;
A minimum of 3-5 years of development experience that includes both direct response and face-to-face strategies, preferably with previous Annual Fund experience at an independent school or in higher education;
Proven ability to meet and exceed ambitious fundraising goals;
Excellent leadership, project management and people skills;
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral;
Comprehension of and facility in operating development databases- Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge experience preferred;
Ability to interpret and analyze data;
Experience in effective planning, prioritization and attention to detail;
Some night/weekend work and travel required;
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
Entrepreneurial spirit with ability to involve colleagues;
Integrity, honesty and a strong work ethic.
About The White Mountain School
Founded in 1886, The White Mountain School is a small boarding school (125 students; grades 9-12) located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our mission statement reads: “We are a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in our Episcopal heritage, we prepare and inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage and compassion.“ We believe this is an incredibly exciting time in education, and we take seriously the idea that education for the future must be about more than memorization and recall; it must be about Student-Driven Inquiry and true engagement with our intellectual heritage.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Jessica Willis, Assistant to the Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org