Park School, Brookline, MA
Accredited by AISNE
The Park School of Brookline, MA is seeking a Director of Annual Giving to join Park’s 5-member Development Office in the early stages of a dynamic capital campaign.
Founded in 1888, Park is a leading PreK - Grade 8 independent school located on a 34-acre campus in Brookline, Massachusetts. We are a close-knit community that benefits from a diverse body of approximately 545 students and more than 140 passionate faculty and staff. Our community is distinguished by genuine and warm relationships between students, teachers, and families and by small class sizes at all levels.
Park is committed to being a diverse, metropolitan, co-educational, day school. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or family composition. Central to our mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, our community is one in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.
Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Director of Annual Giving is responsible for the overall planning and execution of The Park School’s annual giving program, with special emphasis on identifying and soliciting Park’s leadership donors ($2,500+) as well as maintaining parent participation to and beyond the 90% mark. Park has a strong history of successful annual fundraising, meeting and exceeding ambitious goals of $2.3M+ through robust engagement with parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends of the School. The Director is responsible for the identification, recruitment, and management of parent Annual Fund and Leadership volunteers. In all situations, the Director of Annual Giving acts as an ambassador of Park’s mission and commitment to equity and inclusion in daily interactions with the community.
The successful candidate will also:
- Work with the Director of Development, trustees, the development team and Head of School to identify, research, cultivate, and solicit current and new parents at the leadership level ($2,500+)
- Maintain parent participation in the Annual Fund at historically achieved levels of 90-95%
- Along with the Director of Alumni Relations, help maintain alumni participation in the Annual Fund at historically achieved levels of 16-18%, and serve as the primary solicitor for alumni leadership donors
- Manage all print and digital annual giving appeals to parents, alumni, past parents and grandparents, in collaboration with Development staff and Communications Team
- With the Director of Development and Director of Leadership and Capital Giving, serve as a staff liaison for the Trustee Development Committee and parent Major Gift Committee
- Recruit and successfully manage parent Annual Giving volunteers in raising both dollars and participation
- Create and manage annual expense budgets for annual giving and for Annual Fund special events
- Supervise and execute the production of the Annual Report
- Manage and execute Park’s Giving Day
- Engage enthusiastically in the life of the School, leveraging daily interactions and major school-wide events alike for cultivation opportunities with all constituencies
- Serve as primary coordinator for annual giving events including multiple phonathons per year, the Annual Fund Kick-Off, and stewardship events
- Coordinate with the Director of Leadership and Capital Giving on aspects of the capital campaign that relate to the Annual Fund and Annual Fund donors
- Directly supervise the Manager of Development Operations
- With Development Team, serve on Park’s Development Anti-Racism Task Force
- Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of direct fundraising and volunteer management experience, including soliciting and closing gifts, and/or alumni/ae development experience, preferably in an academic setting
- Breadth of knowledge of annual giving programs and strategies
- Proven track record cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects of 4- and 5-figure gifts
- Results-oriented commitment to departmental goals, with a high degree of initiative to motivate high-level donors and volunteers
- Broad experience working with a wide spectrum of volunteers and donors in an outward- facing capacity
- Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills, including written solicitation letters, acknowledgment and stewardship pieces, Annual Report profiles and articles
- Advanced interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Energy, curiosity, creativity, willingness to take initiative, and a strong enthusiasm for Annual Funds and advancement events
- Ability to perform in a dynamic work environment, meeting multiple deadlines and successfully managing multiple projects at a time
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database program is a must, with special emphasis on proficiency in Raisers’ Edge report-generation
- Proficiency in and commitment to antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to success in this position; training in antiracism and DEI practices a plus
- Collaborative work style and comfort working with the development team, board members, parents, alumni, and school staff, faculty and students from diverse cultures
Expected Hours of Work
- A full-time exempt position that requires occasional evening and weekend work and requires active engagement in the life of the School community
- Some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be required
- Please visit Park’s career page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, leadership/philosophy statement, and the names of three to five references including two present or past supervisors.
- The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
- The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
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