The Director of Annual Giving will be responsible for creating, communicating, and executing a strategic, comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for the NEWMANfund, a $2M+ annual endeavor. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming that engages all constituents and demonstrates growth each year. The Director of Annual Giving will also work to ensure the effective administration of annual gifts through acknowledgment letters, recognition of donors in the Annual Report of Gifts, and succinct reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents.
This individual will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors through individual meetings, seeking and securing gifts for the NEWMANfund and identifying potential leadership, campaign, and planned-giving prospects.
In consultation with the Director of Advancement and Associate Director of Advancement, execute strategic and tactical plans for achieving annual giving goals.
Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned pool of managed prospects.
Set 8-10 donor and prospect visits per month, both locally and nationally.
Create and manage a comprehensive fundraising plan and appeal calendar for the NEWMANfund. Work collaboratively with members of the Advancement Office to coordinate appropriate NEWMANfund solicitations, including strategy and stewardship of donors and prospects.
Set dollar and participation goals for the NEWMANfund in consultation with the Director of Advancement, Associate Director of Advancement, and the Business Office.
Strategize and execute engagement and giving strategies for all constituents including parents and alumni, faculty/staff, and other community members.
In consultation with the Director of Alumni Relations, strategize and implement a robust alumni and reunion giving structure.
Create and manage an appeal and stewardship calendar to communicate with potential and current donors through traditional and digital methods (i.e. email, phonathons, direct mail, social media, website content, and personal visits).
Identify, recruit, and manage NEWMANfund volunteers.
Work with Advancement Services to prepare daily, weekly, monthly, and other NEWMANfund reports, develop custom reports, and maintain constituent information in our database.
Work with Advancement Services to manage gift receipting and acknowledgment procedures.
Utilize Raiser's Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
Create appeals and marketing materials, as well as maintain NEWMANfund section of the School's website.
Attend on-campus and off-campus events as necessary.
Work cooperatively to achieve common goals and to alleviate peak workloads in other programs for which the office is responsible, while providing the best quality product available; continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
Model appropriate behavior, optimism, and high achievement.
Be open to new ideas and their implementation. React and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
Listen carefully to and understand constituents' needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond in consultation with the Director of Advancement to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
Continue to grow in his/her knowledge through ongoing individual learning and pursuit of professional development opportunities.
Strong communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
Manage time and priorities in a fast-paced multitasking environment.
Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of experience preferred.
Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills.
Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to work with and motivate other development professionals and volunteers.
Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent-management software required, including Microsoft Office; Raiser's Edge experience preferred.
Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
The willingness and ability to represent Isidore Newman School professionally on campus and off-campus. (Some travel, evenings, and weekend work required.)
About Isidore Newman School
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.