We are seeking an advancement professional who will advance our progressive mission through fund raising and community building. The Assistant Director of Advancement is responsible for developing an annual giving program that generates unrestricted support for the school's operating budget from current parents and grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni and alumni parents. Ensures strong volunteer leadership and participation in achieving annual giving goals. Responsible for developing programs, activities and communications that deepen the School’s relationship with parents, grandparents, alumni parents and alumni. The position reports to the Director of Finance and Advancement.
Knowledge of the principles of fundraising coupled with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit
Anticipates future needs and translates concept into action
Strong sense of integrity, ethics, confidentiality, reliability, and accountability
Outstanding communication, organizational, and project management skills
Positive problem-solving and analytical skills
Proven written and verbal communication skills
Capacity to work professionally and respectfully with a broad range of constituents
Demonstrated leadership, devoted team player, “all-in” attitude, tactful and motivational
A self-starter with the ability to successfully manage various projects simultaneously, and the capacity to work under pressure of deadlines with grace and humor
Appreciate and articulate the school’s progressive mission
Ability to make program-responsive budgets and meet tactical and strategic fundraising goals
Annual Fund: Develops and implements targeted campaigns for current parents and grandparents of current alumni parents, alumni, faculty/staff and other constituencies. Provide ongoing and targeted evaluation and analysis to meet goals. Coordinates annual fund with other school fundraising. Recommends and implements changes in strategies to meet program goals and objectives. Composes written documents and materials in support of the annual fund. Maximizes the corporate matching gift potential among current and prospective annual fund donors.
Foundation Relations: Researches and prepares annual plan of campus approaches to foundations for priority projects. Writes, submits, and tracks proposals; strategizing follow up and intermediate moves between application and decision, and determining reasons when proposals are rejected.
Events: Manages and coordinates all development and alumni events, including all related logistics. For recurring events, brings creativity to ensure that events are fresh and not redundant. Utilize volunteers in appropriate roles to assist with event planning and implementation. Writes event scenario and script. Ensures that appropriate people receive briefing packet on event with adequate lead time
Constituent Relations: Develops, plan and implement a year-round program of events and activities directed at alumni to increase the connection, involvement and knowledge of the school, including arts, sports, social and other events. Develops programs and activities designed to nurture relationships with the alumni parents and grandparents.
Stewardship: Implements a stewardship plan for Blue Oak that ensures that current and past donors and volunteers feel appreciated and recognized for their gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Direct and demonstrable experience with annual funds, donor stewardship, and special events
Experience in enlisting, training, staffing, and acknowledging volunteer leaders in the fulfillment of their responsibilities
Technologically adept in Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud, MS Office, and Google Docs
Five years of progressively more responsible experience in a related area of institutional advancement
About Blue Oak School
Blue Oak School offers a challenging and stimulating education to children of diverse backgrounds and interests. Through the culture and community of the School, teachers nurture the development of character and foster confidence, creativity, flexibility and curiosity in each child.
Blue Oak School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual or gender identity in its hiring processes and actively promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.