Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
MILTON is looking for an Annual Giving Director who would be responsible for developing and executing fundraising plans to ensure the school achieves annual fundraising goals and strengthens community relationships in a way that elevates school stature and grows alumni, parents of alumni, foundation, and corporate giving.
- Develop a comprehensive annual giving strategy and be responsible for the successful management and execution of the program to achieve financial goals. This includes setting and achieving goals for donor upgrades, retention, and acquisition; and analyzing and utilizing data to make decisions about growth opportunities.
- Oversee the creation of fundraising collateral, including segmented and personalized direct mail and online solicitations, event invitations, etc.
- Maintain a portfolio of mid-level and major donors ($2,500-$10,000), cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual and endowment gifts.
- Recruit and engage an Annual Giving Committee, including meeting scheduling, developing agendas, presentations and other materials and regular communication to set them up for success.
- In partnership with Advancement colleagues, develop and execute a comprehensive engagement strategy for parents of alumni to strengthen connection with the school
- Grow a portfolio of foundation and corporate investors to broaden the school’s base of support.
- Develop and create personalized stewardship reports and recognition strategies for various constituencies and donor levels
- Assist with the identification and qualification of major gift prospective donors
- Utilize a sophisticated donor database to track giving and engagement, analyze giving trends, and support a relationship-based fundraising model
- In partnership with Advancement colleagues, develop and execute Advancement events, including Share the Nachas Day (Grandparents Day), Purim Ball, the Rabin and Zymelman Lectures and other special and ad hoc events
- Collaborate across departments to develop an energetic and enthusiastic culture of philanthropy and find opportunities for storytelling and revenue generation
- Step in to support other areas of school as required. As a small school, we pitch in where and when needed, whether to take on new tasks or to support a temporary need
The ideal candidate will have:
- Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of fundraising experience
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with trustees, administration, faculty/staff, parents, alumni, and students
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
- Ability to handle challenging situations diplomatically and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, senior-level leadership, and volunteers
- A sense of humor and commitment to being a team player
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, act with discretion, and maintain a high level of performance under pressure
- Ability to organize, prioritize, and successfully execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and act accordingly, and to perform with a high degree of initiative
- Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge (or similar fundraising database)
- Availability to periodically work outside of the normal schedule for early morning meetings, evening engagements, and occasional weekend obligations
- Knowledge of the Washington, DC Jewish community and/or experience working in a school environment preferred