Director of Annual Giving and Special Events

Church Farm School
Exton, PA United States

Position:                     Director of Annual Giving and Special Events

Start Date:                  July 1, 2023

FLSA Classification:    Exempt, Full-Time



1001 E. Lincoln Highway

Exton, PA  19341

The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition. Founded in 1918 and located in Exton, PA, Church Farm School prepares a diverse group of boys with academic ability and good character to lead productive and fulfilling lives by making a college preparatory education financially accessible. Additional information about CFS can be found at


CFS is seeking an organized, creative, self-motivated and energetic individual to direct all aspects of annual giving and donor acquisition. We are looking for a positive team player with demonstrated prior experience in gift solicitation, prospect management and corporate and foundation support. Candidates must also have experience planning and leading events, particularly those events designed to attract new potential prospects to Church Farm School.



  • A minimum of a BA or BS degree
  • 3-5 years of progressively increasing development experience and responsibilities with verifiable outcomes
  • Proficiency in MS Office and CRM software (Blackbaud Raisers Edge and Raisers Edge NXT strongly preferred)
  • Event planning experience
  • Effective written, phone and face-to-face communication skills
  • Demonstrable understanding of multi-channel communication and marketing strategies, specifically for development purposes
  • Detailed knowledge of philanthropic best practices and donor-centered fundraising
  • Demonstrated understanding of the donor cycle
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Strongly Preferred:
    • Experience working within a school environment, especially independent schools (boarding school experience a plus)
    • Strategic planning experience – creation, implementation, and evaluation
    • Experience with portfolio management and general prospect strategy systems
    • Some understanding of tax implications in/to charitable giving (particularly as it related to Planned Giving)
    • Demonstrated understanding of working with donors and families from diverse backgrounds and varying socio-economic circumstances



  • Oversight of the Annual Fund program
  • Oversight of the CFS Golf Classic, Fall Fest and Spring Fest
  • Create, implement and manage a New Donor Acquisition program
  • Creation and oversight of other local events, in collaboration with the Director of Constituent Relations
  • Collaboration with Admissions Office and other school departments to create, implement and manage events to attract new individuals to the CFS community
  • Manage portfolio of 50 to 75 prospects, with a minimum of 40 face-to-face prospect visits per year
  • Guidance of prospects throughout the entirety of their philanthropic relationships with Church Farm School: annual giving, major gifts/campaign giving, planned giving and volunteerism
  • Focus on growing members in the giving societies, particularly The 1918 Society (Leadership Annual Giving) and The Maroon & Grey Society (Loyal Giving)
  • Create/oversee new methods of giving to appeal to donors of all generations (ApplePay, GooglePay, Venmo, Paypal, Text to Give, Charitable Gift Annuities, IRA Rollover Distributions, etc.)
  • Assist the Director of Development in the management of the Development Office
  • Uphold the Profile of a CFS Leader

Church Farm School offers competitive salaries, a generous benefits package including retirement plan and medical insurance. The school is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Church Farm School welcomes and celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Contact Information

Apply by letter to the address above (Attn: Director of Development) or by email to Include by separate attachments: cover letter indicating passion for the position; resume or curriculum vitae of qualifications and experiences; and names and contact information for three professional references. Please enter the position in the subject line of the email.