The Director of Annual Giving, a member of the Advancement Office reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, is responsible for the planning and execution of Episcopal Collegiate’s Annual Giving Program. The school is excited about its recently adopted strategic plan and the Director of Annual Giving will play a pivotal role in ensuring the vision is met, particularly with regards to resources and stewardship. This front-line fundraising position will support a strategic advancement program focused on building long-lasting relationships among all stakeholders. Episcopal seeks applicants who have a passion about all that is involved with an independent school community and who enjoy working with children.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate and execute the Episcopal Collegiate Annual Fund. These efforts include, but are not limited to: recruiting and training of volunteers, comprehensive campaign materials, acknowledgment, visiting with prospective donors, solicitation of gifts, and establishment of a campaign calendar.
Assist the Director of Advancement in establishing goals to meet and exceed the Episcopal Collegiate School Annual Fund and total annual giving.
Articulate and market a case for support of annual giving at Episcopal Collegiate School.
Work collaboratively with the Director of Communications in the writing, design and printing of all annual giving communications including the production of the Annual Report.
Work with the Director of Communications to highlight the impact of gifts to the school.
Assist the Director of Institutional Advancement in identifying and cultivating leadership donors-making personal visits and solicitations for the Annual Fund and for capital projects, managing a portfolio of donors.
Oversee an alumni engagement program with the goal to increase alumni giving, participation, and overall strategic engagement. The Director of Alumni Relations is expected to report to the Director of Annual Giving.
Oversee the maintenance of accurate gift records, including acknowledgments and pledge reminders for all funds, campaigns and appeals.
Integrate campaign work with other communications, Annual Fund, and Alumni Relations initiatives.
Provide regular progress reports/updates to the Director of Institutional Advancement.
Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and draft grant applications.
The Office of Institutional Advancement at Episcopal works as a team with many shared responsibilities. As a member of the Advancement Team, this position is responsible for a variety of tasks that will arise throughout the year, ranging from donor relations, to event planning, to mailings. Events include but are not limited to: the Parent’s Auxiliary Auction, 1998 Party, Graduation, Grandparents Day, Back to School Orientation, Wild Game Dinner, donor recognition, Wildcat Round-Up, and other cultivation events. The Director of Annual Giving will be expected to become involved in the life of the school, including academic, performing arts and athletic events.
Embrace the culture and traditions of Episcopal Collegiate and the greater Little Rock community.
Positive, calm and collaborative attitude.
A deep understanding of best practices in regard to annual giving and strong analytical skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral required.
Working knowledge of popular social media and working knowledge in constituent database programs.
Ability to switch frequently between taking directions, working collaboratively, and self-direction.
Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks with strong attention to detail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion, and professionalism in all matters.
Willingness to meet with current and potential donors in various settings.
Experience with grant writing a plus.
Dependability and punctual.
Minimum 3 years related development experience, and confidence in soliciting leadership size gifts.
Candidates interested in this position should fill out an application online, and may send cover letter and resume to Matt Radtke, Director of Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Episcopal Collegiate School
Episcopal Collegiate offers an academically challenging, hands-on, inquiry-based approach which supports individual developmental levels and learning styles in a challenging yet nurturing environment. The college preparatory curriculum is benchmarked against national and international standards and curricula. Daily chapel services offered in the Episcopal tradition of welcoming students of all religious backgrounds. All students at every level give back to the community in many ways. The Class of 2014 performed approximately 9,200 hours of service to the community in high school. Students in the Classes of 2014-15 were awarded the country's most competitive and sought-after merit scholarships; the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship at Vanderbilt University, the Hunt Leadership Scholarship at Southern Methodist University, and the Bodenhamer Fellowship at the University of Arkansas.