Position Overview: The primary responsibility of the Director of Annual Giving is to direct and administer the School’s annual giving program with the overarching goal to promote and cultivate philanthropic support needed to fulfill and advance the mission of the School. Additionally the position seeks to foster greater engagement and involvement among the schools parent and donor community through events, communication, and philanthropy. To fulfill the duties of this position will require 15% travel and may be required to work a limited number of evening and weekend events.
Establish annual goals, strategy, timeline, and marketing efforts for annual giving in consultation with the Associate Head for Advancement (10%)
Recruit, educate, and support annual giving volunteers for soliciting parents, grandparents, alumni, and faculty/staff. This includes educating and communicating to the community about the school’s needs and how philanthropic support makes a difference (20%)
Direct key messages and communications for targeted appeals for annual giving. Coordinate collaborative efforts with Communications in the preparation of direct solicitation materials, including but not limited to targeted appeal letters, brochures, email, social media, crowd fundraising, videos, and website; with an emphasis on improving the community’s understanding of the importance of annual giving (20%)
Manage, cultivate, solicit, and steward a caseload of leadership giving prospects and grow the Chairman’s Leadership Circle for Giving program with gifts of $1,000+(20%)
Collaborate with the Director of Stewardship on a comprehensive donor stewardship program and on the planning, execution, and hosting of constituent events such as Grandparents Day, parents’ receptions, and other community friend raising events. (5%)
Collaborate with Advancement Services Coordinator to ensure accurate gift entry, timely receipts, giving reports, bench marking, pledge reminders, and annual report (10%)
Establish and coordinate a parent volunteer team to launch and lead an annual fundraising special event that becomes increasingly important contributor to the annual giving goals (15%)
A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred. CRFE or CAP certification or similar equivalents preferred.
Three to five years of experience in fundraising (or equivalent experience) required.
Previous supervisory or volunteer management experience preferred.
Ability to manage a variety of programs and activities simultaneously and promote a spirit of teamwork among individuals to pursue common goals.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing, as well as a highly developed sense of propriety in dealing with sensitive information.
Strong computer skills and eagerness to learn new programs necessary. Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Raisers Edge and NXT preferred.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to project an image of professional competence and credibility in representing Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, and in creating a climate of confidence and trust.
Working knowledge of fundraising and/or nonprofit management.
A strong commitment to the principles of teamwork and shared responsibility for success.
Collaborative team member, who is easy to work with.
Internal Number: 7731
About Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Founded in 1903, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for grades Pre-K – 12. More than 70% of the student body receives scholarships or financial assistance. Every member of the Class of 2019 was accepted into college and many earned merit scholarships. Our campus lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachians, just north of Clayton, Georgia and 90 miles north of Atlanta. Most faculty and staff reside in campus housing. Comprising 600 students from twelve states and 54 countries, Rabun Gap is a global village that seeks to develop the whole child according to its motto: "Work, Study, Worship."
Rabun Gap offers a dynamic educational program that both challenges and nurtures each student. We encourage natural curiosity, and, by holistic teaching, demonstrate that discovery and learning are lifelong pursuits. We believe a student’s education is far broader and richer than what is learned in the classroom; however, the formal aspects of the classroom compose the core from which a student’s education develops.