Annual Giving and Stewardship Officer (Advancement)
St. Benedict's Preparatory School
September 4, 2018
Newark, New Jersey
Full Time - Administration
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (www.sbp.org) is seeking a full-time annual giving and stewardship officer, responsible for supporting the School’s efforts to grow donor participation and steward its most generous benefactors. The annual giving and stewardship officer will work in concert with the senior director of advancement on direct marketing initiatives to bolster St. Benedict’s annual giving program (direct mail, video, social media, email) and will support the alumni and donor relations officer with leadership level acknowledgements, scholarship administration and event logistics.
Description of Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists with the planning, execution, and management of SBP’s annual giving program, including email, direct mail, marketing videos, phone outreach, and personal visits with select donors.
Execute regular and timely outreach to LYBUNTs to ensure continued growth in St. Benedict’s donor base while avoiding lapsed donors.
Coordinate marketing and benefit fulfilment for the Monte Cassino Society (leadership society for $1,000+ donors), Loyalty Society (consecutive year donors) and Omnes Pariter Society (planned giving society).
Assist with scholarship administration in coordination with the Admission and Finance offices; track recipients and prepare reports for donors.
Work with leadership gift officers to develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with major donors.
Write and coordinate the mailing of leadership-level acknowledgment and stewardship letters for signature by the headmaster, chief advancement officer, or key volunteers.
Assist with the planning and execution of alumni and donor events, including the School’s annual Headmaster’s Reception for leadership-level donors and prospects.
Manage all recognition efforts: naming of physical space (plaques, buildings, commemorative spaces, etc.), including the design, installment and maintenance of signage.
Education & Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree is required. Three to five years of experience in fund-raising or relevant field.
Successful candidates must demonstrate skills in writing, organization, and attention to detail. Strong prior experience writing correspondence or copy is essential. Experience with donor databases and prospect tracking systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge, is preferred. The selected candidate will have experience in, or an acumen for, event planning and will prove him/herself to be highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests. Creativity, curiosity, a sense of humor, high energy, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals is required. Candidates will possess a commitment to the ideals of Benedictine education.
About St. Benedict's Preparatory School
St. Benedict's Preparatory School was founded by the Benedictine Monks in 1868 and is one of the oldest and most successful urban schools in the country. Over its 150-year history, the Catholic school has educated a rich variety of successive immigrant groups and the local community in and around Greater Newark. It now educates 800 students, primarily of African-American and Latino heritage, in grades K through 12. Eighty-seven percent of its graduates earn a college degree or are presently enrolled.