Key School is seeking a full-time Annual Fund Director to begin as soon as possible.
Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Annual Fund Director is responsible for the planning and execution of a comprehensive annual giving program for all constituencies. This person works with the Director of Advancement and all members of the Advancement Office in the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of all constituencies. This will include a strong emphasis on personal outreach and relationship building, as well as the development of printed and electronic collateral as vehicles for engaging donors.
Qualifications include someone who is passionate about Key’s mission and is an experienced fundraising professional and volunteer manager with strong written and oral communication skills. Ideal candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher and have at least 4 years fundraising experience, and proficiency with Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office products, and Google cloud based applications.
Job responsibilities will include:
- Designs and executes a successful yearly Annual Fund program in conjunction with Director of Advancement and the Advancement Committee. Works to identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit targeted donors and prospects. Coordinates annual giving solicitations for all constituencies to maximize giving and participation rates.
- In conjunction with the Director of Advancement and in consultation with the Communication Office, develops fundraising messages, electronic and printed pieces, and manages the execution of all Annual Fund printed collateral.
- Recruits and cultivates Annual Fund volunteers to support fundraising efforts by division and class. Works in conjunction with the Director of Advancement to ensure a healthy volunteer base among other constituencies including alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents.
- Manages and oversees volunteer activities such as Annual Fund volunteer training sessions, individual personalized solicitation plans, phonathons, and more.
- Initiates and strengthens relationships with donors, including creating an individualized plan to increase the number of leadership donors.
- Strengthens and implements programs designed to educate parents about the needs of the School and to motivate and engage parents in supporting the Annual Fund.
- Works with the Director of Advancement and the Major Gifts Director to support the identification, cultivation and stewardship of leadership and major gift donors.
- In conjunction with all members of the Advancement Team, coordinates the stewardship and donor recognition activities related to parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents. These activities will include in-person meetings, phone calls, and personalized written communication to ensure that all constituents are stewarded appropriately.
- Works with the Director of Advancement to implement, and/or support both established and new fundraising initiatives and events including donor recognition events and gatherings.
- Coordinates with the Parent Programs and Special Events Director to work with existing and newly formed volunteer parent groups as needed by creatively engaging parent groups with the goal of increasing support for the Annual Fund.
- Manages a comprehensive fundraising strategy for faculty and staff including the recruitment of faculty and staff volunteer representatives by division to assist with peer cultivation and solicitation.
- Assists the Director of Advancement with preparation of materials for Board of Trustees and Advancement Committee meetings.
- Manages the Annual Fund portion of the Advancement Office budget.
- Contributes to the success of the Advancement Team by assisting, when requested, with direct or indirect support of programs and events to include participation during phonathons, volunteer trainings, yearly events where Advancement Office presence is beneficial, the Annapolis Book Festival, and other Parents’ Association and school-wide events.
- Assists with other responsibilities of the Advancement Office as needed.
Founded in 1958 by professors from St. John’s College, Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory, day program on its picturesque 15-acre campus located 4 miles from downtown Annapolis. Perhaps no mandate in Key School’s Mission Statement lies closer to the heart of the community than its injunction to “Sustain an ethical school culture that engenders an inherent respect for the dignity of every human being, recognizes that personal liberty must be balanced by personal responsibility and individual action by the needs of others, and stresses to all members of the School community the importance of trust, mutual respect, and compassion.”
Key students are collaborative critical thinkers who are motivated and open-minded. Highly committed to their students, Key faculty and staff are supportive, industrious, creative, and approachable. A student-centered environment, Key places great value on respectful open discourse among students and adults alike.
With a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Key is particularly interested in candidates with experience in creating inclusive school settings and who are culturally responsive. We are seeking candidates with a commitment to educational equity and justice. Key School is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Stephen Ginter, Director of Advancement, at email@example.com.