The Director of Annual Giving’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive current operations support program, including, but not limited to: an annual fund campaign for Parents (current and former), Trustees (current and former) and IDS alumni; an annual auction; a graduating class gift; and other charitable giving opportunities. Responsibilities also include developing and leading initiatives in the areas of alumni and parent relations, donor stewardship and development, and external donor communications.
Current Operations Support
Develop and execute a comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan to include goals, strategies, and programming to build and engage IDS’s donor base.
Create and manage a multidimensional appeal schedule that utilizes a variety of mediums (e.g. electronic solicitation, direct mail appeals, face-to-face solicitations) to communicate with potential and current donors.
Take the lead for producing annual appeal collateral and solicitation letters, demonstrating the impact that regular charitable support has on students, mobilizing current families, alumni, and alumni families, and friends of the school, and developing a distinct brand identity for the School’s Annual Fund, with clear messaging around its purpose and objectives.
Maintain a leadership giving section on the School’s website.
Manage and implement all aspects of gift management: entering and receipting gifts, preparing gift acknowledgement letters, maintaining the accuracy of the database, and delivery of any necessary reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents, and producing an Annual Report.
Work with the Auction Committee to plan and execute the annual Auction, which provides meaningful support for the School’s leadership giving program.
Alumni and Parent Relations
Build authentic and productive alumni and parent relationships and increase overall charitable support for the School through a variety of events, programs, and communications.
Identify potential donors among the School’s network of alumni, parents, and Trustees.
Engage constituents with targeted programs designed to foster life-long engagement with and support for the IDS community.
Develop avenues of involvement for reengagement of Alumni and Alumni parents.
Develop and execute an overall strategy for donor relations, including a regular system of thank you calls, emails, notes, videos, etc.
Identify, cultivate, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors.
Manage a portfolio of donors and build strategies for renewing these donors and moving them to higher giving levels.
Organize and implement key donor events.
Focus on effective communication and solicitation activities within specific segments identified as having potential for the greatest growth.
Keep accurate prospect and donor records.
Utilize eTapestry to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
Conduct prospect research specific to donors and foundations.
Create, develop, and manage an effective, sustainable volunteer effort and implement recognition, acknowledgement, and stewardship of fundraising program volunteers.
Assist in preparation of reports, minutes, and presentations for various committee and staff meetings and provide regular annual giving program updates for Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff.
Work collaboratively with Director of Finance and Operations to reconcile donation information and amounts.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as required by Development Department events, meetings, and cultivation events.
A minimum of three years of experience in fundraising in a school or nonprofit environment, preferably in the areas of solicitation and constituency development with a demonstrable and proven track record of success in securing leadership-caliber charitable support.
Experience promoting and managing annual giving programs and demonstrable success at performing personal solicitations is highly desirable.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to enjoy getting to know the school’s diverse constituencies and unique story.
Strong organizational and managerial skills.
A cooperative team approach with colleagues and willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Excellent written and communication skills, including a proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person and over the phone, via email, and in written correspondence.
Experience conceptualizing, writing, and coordinating solicitation letters and materials, and ability to analyze and compose reports.
Ability to problem-solve and make decisions independently.
Detail-oriented and thorough.
Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office, G Suite and Blackbaud applications.
A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices, and respect for confidentiality of donor information. Good judgment, tact, sensitivity, and discretion in the handling of confidential information, materials, and situations.
Independent school experience is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: This position is currently a 24 hours per week (.6 FTE), year-round position. However, IDS is open to restructuring the position to less than year-round with an increase in hours per week. For example, the position may be a .75 FTE (30 hours per week) school year position.
About The Independent Day School
The Independent Day School is a Preschool – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate Rosemary Hall, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.
Quick facts about IDS: Co-ed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school. Student enrollment for 2018-19: 160. Students come to IDS from 29 Connecticut towns. Dedicated, highly educated faculty. Students of color represent 23% of the enrollment. 33 acres of woodlands, wetlands, fields, and gardens. Parent participation is encouraged