The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds.
The Hotchkiss School, an independent coeducational boarding school of 600 students, seeks an exceptional and experienced professional to serve as the School’s Associate Director of The Hotchkiss Fund. Reporting to the Director of The Hotchkiss Fund, the Associate Director works with colleagues in advancement services, major gifts, planned giving, stewardship, and communications. Hotchkiss’s annual giving program is a dynamic, aggressive program that raises over $5 million/year and ranks amongst the top in the country in terms of dollars raised per constituent. The Associate Director interacts regularly with volunteers, donors, and campus colleagues and must, above all, be committed to working collaboratively to achieve departmental and School goals.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Recruit, train, and manage class agents representing assigned classes and support these volunteers through accurate and timely communications and reporting.
Coordinate and implement, with the assistance of the Director, an annual fundraising plan for each assigned class with a special emphasis on reunion classes.
Assist with the formulation and execution of innovative strategies for increasing donors and dollars for annual giving.
Coordinate annual appeals and solicitations for all constituents in partnership with other advancement departments.
Cultivate, solicit, and steward a small portfolio of high-level annual giving donors. Assist in the identification and cultivation of potential major gift donors.
Travel to meet individually with 50-60 constituents per year for the purposes of engagement, qualification, volunteer management, and stewardship.Additional duties and responsibilities as needed or assigned.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Two to four years of development experience ideally in a successful and comprehensive annual giving program in an educational setting.
Superior communications and strategic skills and a strong grasp of industry best practices.
Knowledge about the use of digital approaches and technologies in support of solicitation and stewardship programs.
Capacity to respond with insight, tact, and sensitivity to the concerns of colleagues, donors, and volunteers.
Superlative interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, as well as a sense of humor and perspective.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Work is conducted primarily in an office environment.
Occasional bending, reaching, stooping.
Repetitive motion (use of computer keyboard).
Periodic need to carry boxes (up to 50 lbs.), move tables and chairs, hang signs, and other similar tasks for events.
At events, periodically, a significant amount of time standing/walking.
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.
The Hotchkiss School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Hotchkiss School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other School-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.
The Hotchkiss School property is a tobacco-free environment.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and commensurate with experience
About The Hotchkiss School
Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a competitive, college-preparatory boarding school for 600 students in grades 9-12. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, the School sits on 827 acres of woods, fields, and farmland in the midst of the scenic Berkshire-Taconic region - a place the Nature Conservancy calls "one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Northeast."
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them, at the highest standards of excellence, imagination and intellect, openness and personal integrity, and empathy and responsible citizenship, that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world. As of the 2018-2019 school year, 33% of students are U.S. students of color, 16% are international, and 95% of students are boarders.