Founded in 1786, Friends Seminary, the oldest continually operating co-educational, independent school in New York City, seeks to recruit a Director of Annual Giving to join the Office of Institutional Advancement.
This is a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and works closely with the Friends Seminary leadership and volunteers to achieve Annual Giving financial and programmatic goals.
The School, which has more than 4,044 active alumni and 777 students, will raise more than $2.35 million in annual support in 2018-2019. It completed a $20 million campaign in 2010. In 2014, The Light the Future Campaign was launched; it has raised more than $48 million dollars to date. The endowment in 2017-2018 was $31 million.
The Office of Institutional Advancement drives all fundraising for the School. The Fund for Friends, Major Gifts, Capital Giving, Planned Giving, Auction Benefit and other Special Events, Constituent Relations and Advancement Services are all functions of the Institutional Advancement Office.
The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for conceiving and implementing an annual giving (Fund for Friends) program and senior class gift for Friends Seminary. The Fund for Friends includes leadership gifts, parent, alumni, parent of alumni, grandparent, and faculty-staff giving, as well as reunion giving.
Among the duties and responsibilities are:
Develop and implement a detailed, strategic plan, including focus and content of the Fund for Friends/Senior Gift cycle; design, implement, and supervise appropriate strategies.
Recruit, train, manage and motivate the Fund for Fund/Senior Gift chairs and volunteers.
Solicit Fund for Friends and Senior Gifts, including leadership gifts of $10,000 and above.
Collaborate with members of the Advancement Office to ensure accurate record keeping, reporting and stewardship of the Fund for Friends/Senior Gift.
Write and edit letters, brochures and response devices, proposals, reports, articles, visual displays, scripts, talking points, web and social media content and other materials.
In conjunction with members of the advancement office, participate in all aspects of the gift cycle with a portfolio of 30-50 major gift prospects.
5 years of progressive experience in fundraising with a track record of success.
Deep appreciation for the mission of Friends Seminary and knowledge of independent schools.
Proven managerial skills and the ability to develop and inspire volunteers.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience conceptualizing, writing and coordinating solicitation materials.
Strong analytical skills, must be detailed-oriented, thorough and accurate.
Superb organization and administrative skills, including working knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and The Raiser’s Edge NXT, and the ability to juggle long-range strategic planning while prioritizing and completing multiple tasks simultaneously.
Outgoing personality and an optimistic and positive attitude.
Ability to work independently and within a team-oriented environment.
Good judgment, tact, sensitivity and discretion in the handling of confidential information, materials and situations.
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as required.
Highest ethical and professional behavior.
Experience securing major gifts, developing prospect strategies, briefing documents and talking points for volunteers and administrators.
Knowledge of Quakerism and Quaker education.
Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting your resume, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position, i.e: Smith, John – Director of Annual Giving - Friends Website
You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.
Friends Seminary actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006