The Annual Giving and Special Events Manager is part of a fun and creative three-person Development Team responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy, volunteerism, and gratitude in support of Cathedral School for Boys. The Development Team is responsible for meeting financial goals associated with the School’s annual operations and long-term growth and development and we strive to encourage and value a variety of ways for individuals to support the School’s mission.
The Annual Giving and Special Events Manager specifically oversees the Annual Giving Program (the Cathedral School Fund) and helps organize and support various events designed to foster an engaged and inclusive community. This role provides vital support to all areas of development, including donor acknowledgement and stewardship, volunteer coordination and appreciation, and general office administration and database management.
Annual Giving: The Cathedral School Fund
Coordinates all aspects of our Annual Giving program (the Cathedral School Fund) which currently raises over $1.1M for the School’s general operations
Manages an effective program of personal solicitation and volunteer leadership to maximize donations to the Cathedral School Fund
Prepares and compiles all materials for Cathedral School Fund education & communication
Identifies and enlists volunteer leadership and works with volunteers to meet our fundraising and participation goals
Develops targeted campaigns and drafts appeals to all Cathedral School constituencies
Ensures that major gift prospects are identified among annual donors
Monitors program results and provides ongoing analysis and evaluation of solicitation programs
Coordinates cultivation and stewardship plan for Cathedral School Fund donors and volunteers
Maximizes the corporate matching gift potential among current and prospective donors
Database Management / Gift Acknowledgement / Reporting
Provides oversight of the gift entry and acknowledgement process, ensuring accurate and timely processing of gifts and pledge reminders through Raiser’s Edge, and serves as the primary liaison between Development and Finance/Operations for reconciliation of gifts and audit preparation
Strategizes use of the donor database, reporting tools, and technology platforms to support workflow and fundraising efforts
Builds and runs Raiser’s Edge queries, mailings, exports, and reports to support fundraising efforts of staff and volunteers
Serves as staff member of Development and Major Gifts Committees and produces regular updates on fundraising for Development Committee and Board meetings
Produces notes and action reports from monthly Development and Major Gifts meetings
Special Events / Volunteer Support / Communications
Coordinates New Parent Information Welcome Reception, Headmaster Breakfasts, and Donor/Volunteer Recognition events
Supports Parent Association volunteers with events such as the Fall Bash Parent Party, All-Family Picnic, Grandparents & Special Friends Day and the annual Gala/Auction
Assists with grant-writing and identification of foundational support for school initiatives
Attends development and other school events and is a visible and engaged community member
Assists with writing and reporting for the School’s Annual Report
Skills and Competencies:
General office and strong administrative/computer skills
Ability to collaborate and communicate with a wide range of individuals inside and outside of the School, in formal and informal settings
Positive, joyful attitude and ability to demonstrate enthusiasm for the students, mission, programs, and aspirations of the School
Ability to represent Cathedral School in a professional, relational, and ethical manner while maintaining appropriate confidentiality
Strong time management, organizational, and detail-oriented skills
Effective and open communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a timely manner and handle multiple deadlines
Strong problem-solving and collaboration skills
Availability to work some nights/weekends
Ability to operate a motor vehicle and lift up to 25 pounds (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions)
A good sense of humor as “we believe that education thrives in a school where parents, teachers, students, and trustees know each other well, communicate comfortably and openly in an environment of mutual respect, and habitually laugh together”
Qualifications and Experience:
Required: Bachelor's degree; 3-5 years working in Advancement of Development or similar non-profit or professional experience; Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with relational database software systems
Preferred: Event planing / writing and communications; Blackbaud Raiser's Edge
About Cathedral School for Boys
Cathedral School for Boys, founded in 1957, strives to provide education in the best tradition of the Episcopal Church and in consonance with the mission of Grace Cathedral. We believe that this education is derived from three main sources: the highest academic and personal standards humanely applied; building a diverse community united in its concern for the school and for the world; and an active engagement with religion and the spiritual dimension.
To provide an excellent education for boys at the elementary level.
To attract a diverse student body of strong academic potential.
To provide a school committed to intellectual inquiry and rigor, centered in the Episcopal tradition, respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.
To develop social responsibility through exemplary programs of outreach and service.
To create a community bonded by open-heartedness, hope, compassion and concern.