Reports to: Associate Headmaster for External Affairs
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Updated: November, 2018
An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school of 188 students, Blue Ridge School (BRS) enjoys a 751-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia.
BRS public tag line is “Built for Boys,” and the School environment is just that – naturally beautiful, inviting, and removed from distractions. This allows students to focus on academics, further develop character, build self-esteem, and progress toward a successful life of service.
Every aspect of campus life is directed toward the interests and needs of its students – because everything Blue Ridge does is for the boys in its charge.
Central among the School’s offerings is its interactive learning environment. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support and a growing use of Project Based Learning, BRS helps its students fully understand their abilities and how to best harness them, in preparation for the many challenges of college, career and a meaningful life in the 21st century.
All salaried employees at Blue Ridge have dormitory and coaching responsibilities beyond primary roles. As such, BRS faculty are more deeply involved in their work than in a more typical vocation, and often enjoy an added satisfaction only achieved when working with students inside and outside the classroom.
The Director of The Baron Fund’s core roles are two:
Leadership of a $725,000+ annual fund program that typically includes 1,000+/- donors from around the globe.
Coordination of related alumni programs including Alumni Weekend, Spring Alumni Lacrosse and support of the Alumni Leadership Council, each of which support the Baron Fund.
The Director works collaboratively alongside a talented team of colleagues, including the Associate Headmaster for External Affairs, Director of Leadership Giving, Database Administrator, Assistant Director of Special Programs, and External Affairs Coordinator.
The ability to travel and thoughtfully represent Blue Ridge School to its constituents across America is an essential element of this position. The opportunity to live on the BRS campus may be available.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
THE BARON FUND
Lead all aspects of the BRS Baron Fund across all constituencies, including direct mail, personal solicitations, marketing plans, and reporting. Designs an annual plan for the AF each year with budget recommendations.
Design and implement a variety of initiatives within the Baron Fund, including monthly renewals, Calendar-year end and Fiscal year-end campaigns, reunion giving programs, alumni and parent fundraising events, LYBUNT and SYBUNT initiatives, etc.
Specifically maintain relationships with 75-100 assigned prospects as a part of a larger BRS Advancement prospect management system.
On average, individually contact 20+ donors per day through email, phone and social media.
Work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Communications to craft the promotional and communication tools need to support the Baron Fund and its many facets.
Assist in identifying Major Donor prospects and help coordinate annual giving alongside the team’s efforts in endowment and capital giving.
Closely coordinate with the larger External Affairs team on a regular basis.
Work with volunteers/colleagues to set direction and implement activities which support The Baron Fund.
When opportune, promote Reunion Giving to selected honored alumni classes.
Act as a catalyst in helping BRS alumni stay in touch with each other.
Monitor and provide periodic updates for the alumni portions of the BRS website, in coordination with the Director of Communications and External Affairs Associate.
Keep detailed notes of actions and contacts; work with the External Affairs Database Coordinator to be sure that appropriate information is tracked in Advancement databases.
Participate in weekly meetings with the Advancement staff and be ever diligent in keeping all aware of any issues/opportunities that could impact the department.
Remain aware of all stewardship efforts with donors of all types and levels.
Partner with Admission Directors to support their efforts whenever reasonable, particularly in travel and event planning.
Respond to internal inquiries and constituent requests as needed.
Demonstrate continued professional curiosity and growth
Participate in BRS social and sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Headmaster for External Affairs.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.
A minimum of three years experience in college or school external affairs or related activities
Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
Working knowledge of databases - experience in Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge preferred
Experience in utilizing social media for professional purposes
Solid skills with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook.
High degree of professionalism with sound judgment and keen attention to detail
A motivated self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, handling multiple assignments in a busy department while meeting deadlines
Excellent interpersonal skills and an engaging manner, with the ability to build and foster relationships within the BRS community