Dwight-Englewood, an independent PK-12 coeducational college preparatory school in Englewood, NJ is currently seeking a Director of Philanthropy to join our Advancement team. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for managing annual and capital campaign efforts. This person will work with an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to design, plan and execute a $2 million annual fund campaign each year. This position will also manage any capital efforts that are undertaken by the School. This will include prospect identification, research and preparation of strategies utilizing the Head of School, Director of Advancement and Board of Trustees. The Director of Philanthropy will personally be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of leadership gift prospects. In this role, the Director of Philanthropy will work collaboratively with the Director of Advancement in managing the cultivation and solicitation of leadership gifts by the Head of School, Board of Trustees and others. Interviews will start in early April and the start date is expected to be July 1, 2018.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares an annual business plan detailing campaign goals, objectives, schedules and budget for inclusion in the overall advancement plan.
Provides management of the school’s annual and capital campaigns.
Collaborates with the Director of Advancement in strategic planning for campaigns.
Supervises the Assistant Director of Annual Giving.
Oversees the Development staff in the absence of the Director of Advancement.
Works with the Director of Advancement to plan and execute all capital efforts including the development of campaign materials.
Personally contacts, develops relationships, assists and manages leadership gifts prospects and donors.
Facilitates relationships between current and prospective donors and the Head of School, Director of Advancement, trustees and others as appropriate.
Develops long-range plans for current and prospective donors’ involvement in the life of the school.
Manages prospect management and tracking system, including documenting all initiatives with leadership gift prospects.
Works with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Director of Advancement to design, plan and execute the annual fund campaign each year including the enlistment of teams, mail and email plan, volunteer reports and production of Annual Report.
Collaborates with volunteer Annual Fund Co-Chairs to enlist Class Captains and teams. The Annual Fund Committee typically consists of 80-100 volunteers.
Tracks the progress of the fund and works with the Database Coordinator to provide timely updates to staff and volunteers.
Contributes to a comprehensive stewardship plan, including donor thank you events, designed to build a strong culture of giving.
Responsible for post-gift stewardship of each donor with the highest possible degree of personalized attention.
Manages campaign reporting.
Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 5-7 years of development experience.
Strong experience soliciting and closing leadership gifts, preferably in a school setting.
Understanding of the importance of both annual and capital giving.
Highly energetic professional with a proven track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five to six-figure range.
Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
Excellent planning, writing and communication skills.
Team-oriented, strong interpersonal skills.
Multi-tasker and self-starter.
Good sense of humor.
Expertise in Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software.
Willing to work nights and weekends.
Candidates should send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org