Director of Annual Giving

Grace Church School
New York, NY United States

THE POSITION

Grace Church School seeks an individual with at least five years of experience to lead its Annual Giving efforts. The primary responsibility of this full-time position consists of supporting the growth of Grace’s Annual Giving program through the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents and the management of dedicated volunteers. Annual Giving constituents include current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, friends and the School’s faculty and staff. In addition, the director will oversee a portfolio of solicitations as a frontline fundraiser and staff various volunteer committees.

This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and works closely with all Advancement team members. The individual we seek must have excellent verbal and written communications skills, must be extremely organized and must enjoy the fast-paced, proactive environment of this independent JK-12 school. Fundraising experience should include direct solicitation, preferably in an educational or membership institution or a cultural organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Learn Grace’s history, culture, constituents and programs; understand its current and potential base of financial support, as well as the funding requirements of all segments of the School, both short- and long-term.
  • Be a proactive member of the school community, attending students’ athletic and artistic events, parents’ association meetings, and other occasions.
  • Educate parents at all grade levels and other constituents about the importance of Annual Giving.
  • Develop strategies and implement annual giving programs and messages.
  • Identify, engage, and manage Annual Giving and Senior Gift committees.
  • Build on an excellent record of parent participation in Annual Giving.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with all donors and prospects.
  • Identify donors and solicit gifts at all levels.
  • Be an active member of the Advancement team, initiating timely ideas for appeals, and working with colleagues to develop an annual calendar of solicitations and other activities.
  • Work closely with the Database Manager to ensure accurate record keeping.
  • Work with the Alumni Director to educate, cultivate and steward alumni.
  • Provide regular reports for the Advancement team, school leadership, committee leadership, the Board of Trustees, and the annual report.
  • Manage the production of the annual report.
  • Support all Advancement events and initiatives.

REQUIREMENTS

The ideal candidate has:

  • A track record of growth as a hands-on fundraising professional who can creatively identify, cultivate, successfully solicit gifts from individual donors – and who enjoys the process.
  • Success in educating individuals new to philanthropy.
  • Experience in identifying, training, motivating, managing, and partnering with large groups of volunteers.
  • Strategic background executing annual appeals, campaigns, special events, planned giving, and research.
  • Strong fundraising database experience and skills with a willingness to implement efficiencies, from data input to producing reports to analyzing results.
  • Strong data analysis skills to define metrics and assess data to present informed decisions and recommendations.
  • A highly organized, confident, creative approach.
  • A proven ability to communicate passionately, clearly, and concisely, both in writing and orally, and who enjoys engaging with families and colleagues.
  • The ability to prepare and explain fundraising budgets and financial reports.
  • A commitment to continuous learning to implement new approaches and best practices.
  • A commitment to the specific values stated in Grace’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • A self-starter with a sense of humor and the sensitivity to collaborate with colleagues and work with dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strategic, proactive, results-oriented, and team-oriented; willing to “roll-up your sleeves” and do what it takes to ensure the success of our efforts.
  • The ability to set priorities, yet with the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities.
  • Detail oriented and deadline focused, with a high level of organizational skills.
  • Creative problem-solver.
  • Experience in independent school is a plus.

To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter via the employment page of the school’s website.

Grace is an equal opportunity employer.

About Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism:

Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place.  Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community.  We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning.  And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.

But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst.  Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism and to the cause of justice:  that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.

Contact Information

To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter via the employment page of the school’s website.

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