The Benjamin School is looking for it’s next Director of Annual Giving and Special Events. This individual is a relationship-builder, innovator, and goal-oriented fundraiser who is a stickler for details when it comes to event planning. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of a $1.3 Million Annual Fund, $500,000 annual gala and smaller special events. Managing and building consensus among the associated parent committees is essential. A proven track-record in moving the fundraising needle in an independent school setting along with bringing fresh new ideas is essential for this critical position in the Development Department.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Work closely with Chief Development Officer to set annual giving goals and priorities consistent with the School’s operating needs.
Develop and implement a detailed operational action plan and calendar for Annual Fund and other restricted giving opportunities.
Create strategy, messaging and timing for appeals via regular mail, email and social media.
Meet regularly with Annual Fund chairs.
Manage Annual Fund correspondence including solicitation and acknowledgment letters and pledge reminders.
Create and execute personal acknowledgements to $1,000 + donors.
Prepare and send monthly Annual Fund progress reports to grade chairs, Advancement Committee Chair and Chief Development Officer.
Determine and cultivate Annual Fund volunteers in consultation with Annual Fund chairs.
Oversee the planning and execution of all Annual Fund-related events i.e. phonathons and receptions.
Provide detailed analysis of Annual Fund program to drive new strategies for improving the fund annually.
Strategize and track progress of alumni Annual Fund campaign with Alumni Relations Manager.
Cultivate donors to grow gifts and participation; identify high-level donors for Chief Development Officer.
Conceive and produce messaging for Annual Fund and work in tandem with Chief Development Officer and Director of Marketing to create compelling collateral.
Execute annual on-line Give Day and the associated marketing strategies.
Special Events/BASH Gala
Direct responsibility for planning, managing and executing all facets of the annual BASH (Building A Scholastic Heritage) Gala.
Prepare and manage detailed budget for BASH to support established budget goal.
Prepare solicitation and acknowledgement letters for all BASH donors.
Prepare and manage detailed reports to properly track all BASH ads, auction gifts and sponsorships.
Plan and manage all BASH committee meetings.
Oversee the final execution of the gala.
Manage recruitment and vetting of future chairs and lead volunteers.
Manage and oversee planning and support for all special events in tandem with Alumni Relations and Special Events Manager.
Other duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications and Experience
At least 5 years experience, preferably working at an independent school with a successful background in annual giving and special events.
Proficiency in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge including the ability to produce reports, input data and produce acknowledgement letters in concert with Development Database and Donor Services Manager; experience with Google G Suite and Wealth Engine database.
Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills required in order to proofread acknowledgment letters and communicate directly with donors via email, phone or in person.
Possession of pleasant and collaborative style in the workplace including professional attitude, attention to detail, dependability and initiative.
Strong analytical and organizational skills are required.
Physical and Work Requirements:
Remain in a stationary position 90% of the time
Occasional movement about the office and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
Ability to work in excess of 8 hours a day, as well as evening and weekend hours as necessary for events and projects.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Contact Person: Please write or email the below to express interest in the position. Please no telephone calls.
Juan Carlos Fanjul
The Benjamin School
11000 Ellison Wilson Road
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
About The Benjamin School
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1086 students. The Lower School currently serves 448 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 225 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 413 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper ...School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 454 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May, 2017 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.