FUNCTION: Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Annual Giving will design, implement and manage all aspects of a comprehensive Annual Giving program that includes setting goals and developing strategies to build and engage Cheshire Academy’s donor base. The Director will oversee leadership annual giving, reunion giving, direct mail, phonathons, and class-based initiatives, as well as other targeted constituent appeals and programs. The Director is a key member of a team responsible for growing participation percentages, moving donors to higher levels of giving and building a deeper culture of giving at the Academy. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record as an annual giving professional with expertise in relationship management, and strong analytical, written and oral communication skills.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Create and manage a comprehensive fundraising plan and multi-dimensional appeal schedule for the Annual Fund that uses a variety of mediums.
Establish and monitor goals on a monthly basis, applying course correction when needed.
Working closely with marketing and communications, develop and manage constituent mailings and special fundraising appeals.
Identify strategies to acquire new donors, renew donors at increased amounts, and reacquire lapsed donors of all constituencies.
Prepare and analyze Annual Giving reports; collaborate with Advancement Services Manager to maximize use of the Raiser’s Edge database and enhance data integrity.
Collaborate with Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement to develop stewardship programs for new and renewed donors, loyal contributors, and leadership annual fund donors, as well as create volunteer/solicitor training program, materials and communications.
Serve as relationship manager for the Parents Association.
Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects; meet travel expectation of 8-10 visits per month.
Participate fully in the life of the School.
Special event coverage, including some weekend and evening work is expected;
Other duties as deemed necessary by the Chief Advancement Officer.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of three years of progressively successful experience working within an Annual Giving program with revenues in excess of $1,000,000, preferably in education.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Familiarity with and appreciation for the mission, purpose and environment of a boarding school
A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practice.
Ability to cultivate and build superior relationships with donors.
Ability to interact with all levels of the school community – the Head of School, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, parents and friends.
Experience with database segmentation and a keen understanding and ability to market to different audiences.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to write clear and compelling messages to inspire giving.
Experience with online fundraising
Experience with CRM systems, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly and regularly adjust strategy based on giving trends
Must be an independent and strategic thinker capable of understanding the full scope of projects and managing several tasks simultaneously.
An open and collaborative style, creative ability, positive outlook, and sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references.
About Cheshire Academy
Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school serving students in grades 9-PG. Our student body, comprised of approximately 400 students from over thirty countries and fifteen states, has the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma in grades 11 and 12. We challenge our students to maximize their potential by developing the confidence, character, and critical thinking skills that enable them to thrive as global citizens.
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