The Director of Development / Donor Relations Manager works closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to provide leadership for the development program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and broader community. The goal of the Director of Development / Donor Relations Manager is to design programs that attract the maximum gift support possible to help St. Anne’s fulfill the School’s mission.
Responsibilities include the following:
Establish and execute a forward-thinking, diverse and multifaceted fundraising program that supports the school’s strategic vision.
Lead the major gifts and annual giving programs, soliciting foundation support, creating a strong commitment to donor relations and legacy giving, orchestrating special development events, and planning for future capital campaigns.
Manage an assigned and qualified group of donors (including stewardship and solicitation) and qualify and add new donors as needed for the caseload. Qualified donors may include parents, alumni families, trustees, and friends and families of St. Anne’s.
Oversee activities related to the Heart, Mind & Spirit Annual Fund, the Absalom Jones Endowment Fund, and G. Harvey Zendt Endowment Fund, Planned or Legacy Giving and potential capital campaigns.
Personally solicit major donors.
Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni to plant the seed for future giving
Relate to finance and program staff and faculty to secure information and offers for donors.
Relate to Advancement team members and keep the Head of School and Leadership Team informed of the fundraising activities of this office.
Serve on the Leadership Team.
Develop and lead a professional and volunteer staff to carry out the activities of this office.
Oversee processing of all gift income for the purpose of providing receipts and the maintaining of giving records of donors to the school, and reconciling these records quarterly with the Business Office records.
Work closely with the Board Major Gifts Committee and the Committee on Trustees.
In collaboration with the Director of Admissions and Marketing, create a coordinated communications, publications and printing program which will most effectively communicate with our various constituents.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School. Other duties may include before- or after-school responsibilities to assist with the care and safety of students and adults at arrival and dismissal.
Metrics of Evaluation for this position will include: total dollars raised, number of meaningful connections, number of stewardship calls, number of asks, success working the plan for each donor, and how each donor performs from year to year.
The ideal candidates would have the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required
3+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
Independent school experience preferred
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style and “all hands on deck” mindset
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
Knowledge of and facility with fundraising data software such as Bloomerang and database management software
Experience working with and motivating volunteers and colleagues
Familiarity with the local community preferred
Interested candidates should submit the application and background screening forms below to Peter Thayer, Head of School by January 4, 2019. Position is available as early as January 24.
St. Anne's offers its employees a generous benefits program.
About St. Anne's Episcopal School
St. Anne’s Episcopal School, a coeducational, Preschool - grade 8 day school serving 251 students, was founded in 2002 with the support of St. Andrew’s School and the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. Located on 125 acres just 30 minutes south of Wilmington and 50 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport, St. Anne's is situated in a growth community (Middletown) and has drawn students from 3 states and 12 counties.
The St. Anne’s Episcopal School mission states that we "prepare students for secondary education and lifelong learning. We strive to enhance the intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and artistic growth of our students so that they may realize their potential for good as citizens of local and world communities." Our life together centers around a commitment to academic excellence, respect for one another, responsibility for ourselves and our community, and compassion for others. The school embraces diversity in all facets of our life together. We work to teach good stewardship of our campus and our environment. The spiritual growth of members of our community is nurtured through daily devotions, weekly chapels and religion classes at all grades. Our strategic vision s...peaks of our school as a place where children are know, loved, challenged, and inspired for the future.