Develops and implements a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines and evaluation plans for the Annual Fund program that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents.
Creates and administers a program and activities to solicit gifts from trustees, alumni, parents, grandparents and others including personal solicitations, social media, and mail programs for the Annual Fund.
Drafts all written communication for the Annual Fund including but not limited to direct mail appeals, Annual Fund copy for the web, stories and related copy for the school’s magazine and online newsletters, brochure copy, campaign materials, and acknowledgement letters.
Through direct mail, personal solicitations, and other advanced methods, the Director will focus on renewing and upgrading of current donors, as well as increasing the overall participation rate of all constituencies in the Annual Fund.
Enlists and trains volunteers, providing supervision as necessary.
Recruits and stewards EITC/ OSTC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit/ Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit) donors and file all appropriate paperwork with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
In collaboration with the Communications team, the Director will develop messaging and themes for solicitation and special reports and will determine all methods of communication to support the Annual Fund campaign. Methods should maximize the use of social media and an increased presence on the web.
Maintains and expands the school’s existing relationships with all constituencies in support of the Annual Fund.
Develops and oversees the budget for the Annual Fund.
Works in close cooperation with the Director of Development and the other members of the Advancement staff to develop and qualify potential major gift donors.
B.A. degree in business or related field and a minimum of five years of relevant experience in a non-profit environment.
Ability to communicate effectively with school representatives, parents, students, alumni, donors and representatives from the business community.
Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practices associated with fundraising in independent schools including face-to-face solicitations, direct mail, telephone solicitations, reunion giving and donor relations.
In leading the entire annual fund effort, from strategizing to implementation to management of creative staff, the Director must demonstrate mature management and communication skills, the ability to shepherd a targeted effort within a larger Advancement strategic plan, and the operational skills that ensure tactical project management.
Strong computer and analytical skills. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud products strongly desired.
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively.
Commitment to the school and its mission, program, and future aspirations.
A results-oriented individual who demonstrates the ability to work well with people at all levels of the organization, warmly develops relationships with diverse constituencies, and simultaneously employs keen judgment.
Collaborative, dynamic individual with seasoned fundraising skills.
Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities.
Experience in identifying, training and working with volunteers
Interested candidates, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to [email protected]
About Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Pre-K–12 program is informed by what today’s students need to thrive in college and beyond and is supported by nearly 300 combined years of academic leadership in boys’ and girls’ education.
Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual foundation for lifelong learning and growth.
Students who attend SCH experience a robust, state-of-the-art academic program intently focused on preparing them for their future. The SCH experience is designed for those who are willing to be challenged, work hard, cultivate an independent mind, and exercise their creativity and curiosity will find the curriculum engaging and rewarding. At the same time, they will discover a nurturing and stimulating learning environment led by a dedicated, passionate, and highly educated faculty. At SCH, the community created by students and faculty is authentic and strong. It is a community in which each student’s unique gifts and capabilities are respected and valued and given just the right combination of challenge and support to... ensure that each student thrives.
SCH’s educational model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School. This unique structure expresses SCH’s belief in the benefits of single-sex academic instruction in the lower and middle grades and recognition of the value of coeducation in a student’s final preparation for college and beyond.
Through this unique structure, SCH is able to offer age-appropriate learning environments for every stage of a child’s social and intellectual development. Faculty in the Lower and Middle Schools are experts in the different ways that boys and girls learn and have designed their curriculum to support these different learning styles. Beginning with the merging of gender cultures in Upper School, students are exposed to an ever-widening array of perspectives and opinions as part of their final preparation for becoming citizens of a global community.