Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund & Parent Programs
March 14, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
Full Time - Administration
4 Year Degree
Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund & Parent Programs Whitfield School St. Louis, Missouri
Whitfield School serves students in St. Louis in grades 6-12 by providing a coeducational, college preparatory education that cultivates ethical, confident, and successful students in a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust. This summer, Whitfield will complete a milestone endowment campaign. We aim to elevate our annual fundraising program by leveraging the success of this campaign. Whitfield School seeks an organized, energetic and experienced professional to grow annual philanthropic support from its many constituencies. In collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of Development and Director of Alumni Relations, the Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund & Parent Programs will cultivate, solicit and steward donations to Whitfield School with steady year over year growth. The successful candidate will increase giving across the board from current parents, parents of alumni, alumni, grandparents and faculty/staff.
The Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund & Parent Programs is responsible for overseeing the Annual Fund, as well as managing a small portfolio of gift prospects. Major program responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning and executing an annual fund campaign of $1.0M+, coordinating annual fund volunteers, serving as staff liaison to the Parent’s Council and annual class of first year parents, developing and implementing micro-campaigns and special fundraising efforts, and cultivating leadership annual fund donors into major giving prospects.
The Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund & Parent Programs serves on the Advancement team (Development, Admissions, Communications, Alumni Relations) and directly reports to the Director of Development. This is a management position, supported by the Database & Development Systems Manager.
The successful candidate will be a results-driven fundraiser; a highly organized self-starter with a sense of urgency and passion for developing data-driven strategies and implementing tactics.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Annual Fund Management
Establish annual fundraising goals, objectives, and projections. Monitor, analyze and evaluate giving patterns, and use these metrics to inform projections, goals, and annual campaign strategy for success year over year.
Execute all aspects of the Annual Fund including direct solicitations, direct mail, electronic appeals and special campaigns (Honor Project, Tuition Deposits, Matching Gift Campaigns, etc.), to achieve annual goals.
Develop all annual fund communications and content, including brochures, appeals, acknowledgement letters, emails, etc.
Renew and upgrade current donors, increase participation rates of all constituencies, increase acquisition rates of new donors (parents and alumni).
Maintain integrity of the database by implementing processes and procedures to ensure all annual fund gifts are properly recorded and coded and all outreach (engagement, solicitation, gift acknowledgment, stewardship) is properly tracked.
Prospect & Relationship Management
Manage the annual giving prospect pipeline.
Manage a portfolio of annual fund leadership gift prospects.
Collaborate with Director of Admission to develop and implement an onboarding/orientation program for first year parents.
Collaborate with the Director of Development to create a framework for encouraging leadership support from first year parent, and legacy support from parents of seniors.
Collaborate with the Director of Development to integrate annual giving and major gift solicitation strategies.
Collaborate with Director of Alumni Relations to establish alumni giving solicitations to increase annual gifts from alumni.
Identify, recruit, train and manage giving volunteers (parents and alumni).
Serve as staff liaison to Parent’s Council, attending meetings, supporting them as needed and developing relationships with leadership.
Recruit and manage fundraising event volunteers for annual auction and trivia night.
Demonstrated success managing a multi-dimensional annual giving program.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
Proficiency in database management and high level of comfort using data to inform decision-making; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Ability to organize, prioritize, and successfully execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and act accordingly, and to perform with a high degree of initiative.
Ability to work both independently, as well as a participating and supporting member of a team.
Experience providing a high level of professional service to internal and external constituents.
Ability to handle challenging situations diplomatically and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and patrons.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years professional experience; 3+ years experience in development or related field.
Full-time, 12-month position with desired start date of mid-June 2018. Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter as PDFs to Emily Klimek, Director of Advancement, email@example.com. For consideration, subject must read, “Annual Fund & Parent Programs Search,” and cover letter should be copied into the body of the email. All applications are due April 8, with internal review immediately following.
About Whitfield School
Whitfield School cultivates ethical, confident, successful students in a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust.