This is a full-time, non-exempt position within the Development department reporting to the Director of Annual Giving.
The Associate Director of Annual Giving supports the overall operation of the Annual Giving program of the school. Responsibilities include specific components of the direct mail program, growth of volunteer involvement, and data analysis.
Manage the School's direct mail and digital fundraising program: assist in the development of the annual theme and writing of appeals; supervise all components of each mailing; provide direction and support to both parent and alumni volunteers in the Annual Giving solicitation process; oversee data management, list generation, and data manipulation and clean up.
Manage a portfolio of 20-25 annual giving prospects, providing ongoing stewardship and cultivation.
Organize the planning and execution of the annual Day of Giving.
Perform ongoing analysis of fundraising progress to inform strategy and develop and execute benchmarking projects involving peer schools. This includes year-to-year stats, donor to donor analysis, and pyramids.
Develop strategies for increased donor retention and participation campaigns, including mail, phone, and personal solicitations.
Generate and proofread donor recognition data and lists for the annual Report of Gifts.
Additional general responsibilities include
Educate constituencies about the importance of supporting the School.
Help to identify prospects and volunteers for capital fundraising efforts.
Maintain annual giving program supplies with the support of the Development Administrative Coordinator.
Support and staff events run by the Development Office, including but not limited to Spring Auction, Secret Gardens, and Alumni Weekend.
The successful candidate must...
Develop an understanding of Shipley's history as well as familiarity with and endorsement of Shipley's mission, culture, and values
Exhibit personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents
Be self-motivated, flexible, and open to innovation
Strive for excellence in terms of quantity, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of work produced; possess strong skills in planning, prioritization, organization, multitasking, efficiency, and follow-through in the execution of responsibilities
Have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Value collegiality and teamwork
Have a growth mindset, including a commitment to professional development and self-improvement
Have a professional appearance and demeanor
Be proficient and facile in the use of technology: Raiser's Edge database, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and web editing software
Be able to work occasional evenings and weekends
Be able to travel locally
The ideal candidate will
Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Possess three to five years' prior experience in non-profit fundraising, including annual campaigns; an equivalent combination of education and volunteer experience will be considered
Possess superior attention to detail, facile use of technology, ability to proactively anticipate and efficiently solve problems, powerful organizational skills, and strong self-motivation
Be able to work independently on projects, as well as collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a professional team, while maintaining a positive attitude
Though not required, familiarity with independent schools and an understanding of the role of development work in support of independent school education are a plus
Shipley and Its Commitment to Equity
The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling approximately 800 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and compassionate participation in the world.
The Shipley School is committed to equal employment opportunities for all individuals. The school will make all employment decisions for employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity and expression, creed, genetic predisposition, victim of domestic violence or any other basis protected by law.
In addition to this position, Shipley seeks talented new colleagues across a host of full- and part-time positions. Visit shipleyschool.org/about/employment to learn more.
How to apply
Interested candidates should complete the online application. Cover letter and resume should be uploaded in the resume section of the application. Applications received missing supporting documents will receive less consideration. No phone calls, please.