Function: Works with the Annual Giving Team to develop and implement plans to maximize alumni dollars and participation in The WRA Fund, Western Reserve Academy’s signature fundraising program.
Duties and Responsibilities
Direct fundraising activity and volunteer management for assigned classes:
Determine strategy and goals for each assigned class.
Recruit, train, manage class volunteers.
Ensure that each class meets stated goals and adjusts tactics as necessary.
Identify opportunities and strategies for Leadership Annual Giving and Reunion Giving.
Work closely with Major Gift officers to coordinate strategies for Major Gift prospects.
Maintain frequent contact with volunteers and donors through visits, correspondence, and telephone.
Coordinate with Alumni Relations and class leaders on the planning for each class’s Reunion Weekend programs, including helping to recruit fundraising leadership for their special reunion efforts.
Attend and provide support to major department-organized events including, but not limited to, Reunions, regional events, recognition events, parents’ weekends and special dinners.
Collaborate with Marketing & Communications Department on creative concepts, design and content of printed and electronic materials.
Donor Relations and Stewardship:
Follow-up with donors in a professional, timely manner
Assist with the preparation and production of the Annual Report of Giving
Help promote a culture of philanthropy at Western Reserve Academy; further student, faculty, staff and alumni understanding of the role philanthropy in making WRA great
Is an active and visible participant in the life of the Western Reserve Academy community.
Bachelor's degree required. One to three years’ prior alumni relations/development or transferable experience.
Experience in development and/or independent schools as a student, staff member or volunteer.
Clear and persuasive written and oral communication skills.
Ability to motivate and cultivate relationships with alumni volunteers and students.
Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously; works well with others.
Must be an organized self-starter of high integrity and strong attention to detail.
Highly motivated, proactive, energetic and eager to learn; likable and versatile.
Experience with Microsoft Office. Raiser's Edge experience a plus.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Brechtelsbauer, Director of Annual Giving Programs, Western Reserve Academy, 115 College St., Hudson, Ohio 44236 or by email at email@example.com.
About Western Reserve Academy
Western Reserve Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation and the premier school of its kind in the Midwest. A WRA education emphasizes the importance of a lifelong engagement with the world. WRA offers a challenging curriculum that prepares our 400 students for future academic success – and for purposeful, fulfilling lives. WRA strives to graduate citizens who can think critically, discuss important matters articulately, write persuasively and act responsibly.
A Western Reserve Academy education offers a transformational experience where students strive for excellence, live with integrity and act with compassion. We have a diverse body of motivated and well-rounded students who study and live in a supportive, inclusive academic community where they learn about independence and responsibility – traditional values that help them achieve success at higher rates than private day and public school students, in the classroom and beyond.
Western Reserve Academy’s campus, listed on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, is ideally situated just a few blocks from downtown Hudson, which offers a variety of shopping and dining oppo...rtunities. Modeled on a traditional New England square, Hudson’s historic main street features charming brick and clapboard store and shop fronts. These blend perfectly with a beautifully designed, new shopping district that comprises an additional three blocks. With Akron and Cleveland within 30 miles, our employees and their families can take advantage of many cultural and educational opportunities.