Take a look at the exciting things that are happening at the Charles River School, an independent PreK-8 school located just 16 miles from Boston. We’ve just completed our largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history, admissions inquiries are at a nine-year high and attrition is less than half of the AISNE average.
Our Annual Fund is growing and poised for longer-term growth. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion. They want to be personally engaged in helping Charles River School to have a similar impact on the next generation of young minds. Alumni relations is critical – and a program in which we think creatively, try new things and capitalize on our past successes.
Our parents are committed to fostering a robust learning environment. They want to be personally involved. This includes a desire to say, “Yes,” when asked for financial support: We are proud of their 100% participation rate in our Annual Fund.
The Head of School and faculty members are energized. They are committed to nurturing each student by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement.
Charles River School is a great place to work. We are looking for someone to join us as our Assistant Director of Development. You should be thoughtful, a team player, task- and outcome-oriented, and excited to learn new things as part of an innovative team. You don’t need a deep fundraising history, but you do need stellar interpersonal skills, exceptional writing skills, and a willingness to wear almost every hat as part of the development office: working on fund generation through personal engagement and proposal development one day and ensuring that our database is functioning as a tool to help bring our fundraising efforts to the next level!
The Assistant Director of Development will report to the Director of Development. S/he will lead all planning and execution of a comprehensive annual giving program and alumni relations program.
1) Annual Giving:
Work with the Major Gifts and Stewardship Committees to achieve Annual Fund dollar and participation goals for all constituencies;
Support committee members with researching donors, developing prospect assignments, helping them to prepare for cultivation and solicitation events, analyzing data, and reporting and acknowledging gifts;
Visit with people personally to ask them to participate in the Annual Fund;
Develop compelling solicitation and stewardship messages that appeal to each of our stakeholders, collaborating with our Director of Marketing and Communications on a variety of different media (print, email, video etc.);
Manage faculty giving and Giving Day communications.
Take ownership of our annual giving report to make it an exciting snapshot of how philanthropy shapes our school;
Tell donors’ stories for publication in our quarterly Alumni Newsletter and school magazine, The Current, capturing what motivates donors to have an impact at the K-8 educational level; and
Organize important engagement events, especially for alumni and parents, like the Past Trustee and Leadership Giving cocktail parties, our annual Spring Fling for current families and Grand Persons’ Day.
2) Alumni Relations:
Keep our CRS alumni front of mind, always asking “what would be meaningful ways to bring the CRS experience to life for them again?” Liaise with and engage CRS alumni, recruiting volunteers to help with solicitation, stewardship and events.
Manage alumni events, including our annual Alumni receptions in Boston and New York as well as annual Young Alumni events such as the pre-8th grade musical pizza party, Young Alumni breakfast and class reunions.
Create content in collaboration with Advancement team for social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram)
Create content for The Current school magazine: report on alumni events, collect and edit alumni notes, and identify and recruit for each issue’s alumni spotlight
Manage Distinguished and Young Alumni Award programs
Write and design quarterly Alumni Newsletters
Manage alumni birthday card program and Valentine’s Day card writing for alumni
3) Development Operations Support:
Maintain database updating systems (address updates, communication preferences, gift processing)
Execute all mailings and pull constituent reports for parent communications, The Current, special events, holiday cards, etc.
Maintain inventory for all Development materials including stationary and supplies
Liaise with Director of Finance on annual audit
Manage relationships with donor matching gift programs
Manage content for Alumni/Support Us pages on the CRS website
Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Collaborative work style and comfort working with development team, board members, parents, and students from diverse cultures
Fun, humorous, “can-do “attitude
Ability to plan for various outcomes and scenarios; we are a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team!
Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize
Strong computer skills, especially an understanding of donor databases/CRM systems
Experience with print design layout also beneficial (especially InDesign)
Charles River School offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees. Salary commensurate with successful applicant’s experience.
Charles River School of Dover, MA, is an equal opportunities employer offering competitive salaries and a multicultural working environment. If you are motivated by the prospect of joining a dynamic team within a nurturing and forward-thinking community, we want to hear from you. For more information, please visitwww.charlesriverschool.org
About Charles River School
Charles River School, located in Dover, Massachusetts, just west of Boston, provides a challenging and rewarding academic experience for children in PreKindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1911, the school’s mission is to create a community characterized by curiosity and exploration, as well as respect for self and others. In an intellectually and culturally rich environment of small classes, hands-on engagement, and personal attention from teachers and mentors, students learn critical thinking, analytical reasoning, cogent speaking and writing, and both logical and creative problem-solving skills. With a student enrollment of 180 drawn from 24 towns, Charles River School values diversity and works to maintain an inclusive community. The school program includes strong academics, arts and athletics.