Founded in 1901, The Cathedral School is committed to academic excellence in a curriculum that integrates critical thinking, the arts, athletics, and leadership development. The School believes that the recognition and appreciation of differences in race, socioeconomic status, cultural or religious tradition, age, gender, ability, or sexual orientation enhance the individual's sense of identity and broaden respect for others. Through curriculum and informal school experiences, students at The Cathedral School come to understand the inherent value of all people and the importance of working towards equity in all that they do. The School’s mission is brought to life on the idyllic 11-acre campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights on Manhattan’s Upper West Side through seven Core Values: Cooperation, Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Passion for Learning, Respect, and Responsibility.
As an independent K-8 day school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine educates students to become articulate, confident, and responsible citizens of the world through rigorous academics, innovative approaches to learning, and the nurturing of their aspirations in a diverse community of all faiths. Cathedral is currently seeking an Annual Giving Manager. This highly-motivated fundraising professional will understand the landscape and opportunities of modern independent schools and possess the skills and vision to successfully execute fundraising efforts for Cathedral. The ideal candidate will be a dedicated, results-oriented professional with a passion for working in a mission-driven and team-oriented department.
The Annual Giving Manager reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement. The Manager is a frontline fundraiser, responsible for the successful execution of CSCS: Cathedral School Community Support (our annual giving campaign) and the 8th Grade Gift, a legacy fundraising effort for each graduating class. The Manager also monitors all fundraising activity in the Advancement database, manages donor acknowledgement and stewardship with the help of the Advancement Associate, and assists the Director of Institutional Advancement with capital and major gifts initiatives.
Lead a comprehensive fundraising program to meet the CSCS goal set by the Board of Trustees each year
Generate CSCS fundraising progress reports throughout the year; support the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees
Manage CSCS events, including the Volunteer Kickoff and Leadership Reception
Assist Advancement Associate in their execution of the Absalom Jones Benefit, particularly with underwriting and Call From The Heart initiatives
Support the Director of Institutional Advancement with other fundraising programs including capital and major gifts efforts, endowment fundraising, and planned giving
Develop CSCS communications, utilizing messaging that incorporates brand attributes and larger communications strategy; collaborate with Content and Strategic Communications Specialist and graphic designers as appropriate
Produce all marketing and solicitation materials for CSCS, including segmented direct mail and digital appeals; export mailing and email lists as needed
Experiment with creative initiatives to incentivize fundraising, utilize challenge grants, technology, and social media to maximize reach and participation among all Cathedral School constituent groups
Manage and implement gift receipt, acknowledgement, and pledge reminder process
Conduct financial and biographical research on constituents
In collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement, conceptualize, draft, and manage production of the Giving Report
Write for and support production of Cathedral Magazine as assigned
Collaborate with colleagues in the Advancement Office to advance the Mission and strategic goals of the School as an active and visible member of the School community
Maintain and support The Cathedral School’s strong volunteer cohort, recruiting and managing dedicated volunteers who assist with CSCS solicitations from all constituencies in the school
Partner with the Director of Institutional Advancement to execute a comprehensive cultivation and stewardship plan to build a culture of philanthropy among all constituents
Staff occasional evening and weekend events
Other duties as assigned
Related professional experience, preferably in educational/nonprofit fundraising
A shared understanding of the Mission of the School and a demonstrated commitment to our Core Values and diversity, equity, and inclusion
Must demonstrate cultural competence and be able to understand, appreciate, and work with constituents across varied backgrounds and cultures, as well as all levels of employees, volunteers, Trustees, donors, and prospective donors
Database experience, with an understanding of fundraising data metrics (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
Proficiency with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google suite
Excellent attention to detail, professional attitude, and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality around sensitive and private data
Strong organizational, project management, and communication skills (both oral and written); an ability to communicate complex issues and maintain open communication channels with relevant stakeholders
High level of initiative, proven ability to work independently, good time-management skills, and ability to work within deadlines
The Annual Giving Manager is a full-time, 12-month, on-site position. The salary range for this role is $70,000 - $80,000. A resume is required to apply, and a cover letter is highly encouraged.
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 11.5-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself in being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.