Laboratory Schools:Associate Director, Annual Giving
Hyde Park Campus
11438 Lab Schools Alum Rel & Develop
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The Associate Director, Annual Giving serves as a key member of the Laboratory Schools Alumni Relations and Development team, responsible for broadening participation, moving donors to higher levels of giving and helping to build a deeper culture of philanthropy at the school. Designs, implements and manages all aspects of a comprehensive annual giving program that includes setting goals and developing strategies to build and engage the Laboratory Schools' donor base.
- Has responsibility for annual giving from parents, alumni, faculty and other constituencies as well as a reunion and class-based initiatives using a full range of channels and methodologies to create effective broad and targeted appeals.
- The Associate Director works effectively with the members of the Lab team and University partners to leverage available resources to plan and executive a high-functioning and sustainable annual giving program.
- Manages and staffs various annual giving committees including Parent Fund, Leadership Giving, and Alumni Fund.
- In conjunction with volunteers and team members, recruits volunteers for committees through coordinated, strategic cultivation and relationship building.
- Responsible for developing and building a targeted faculty-staff giving component to annual giving including cultivation of faculty volunteers.
- Personally manages directly and through volunteers a portfolio of high value annual giving donors and prospects.
- Prepares and designs reports for the school leadership, board or others.
- Working with university partners, vendors, and Lab internal staff oversees data management and maintenance needs of the program including relevant data analysis to drive and support strategic planning.
- Partners with colleagues to devise and execute a stewardship plan for relevant constituencies.
- Pursues professional development opportunities including training and conferences.
- Develops strategic relationships with colleagues at peer institutions and is seen as a leader in the field.
- Ability to plan and manage multiple projects
- Ability to work under and respond positively to deadlines and requests imposed by others
- Ability to work collegially and collaboratively
- Understanding of database segmentation and a keen understanding and ability to market to different audiences.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to write clear and compelling messages to inspire giving.
- Strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly and regularly adjust strategy based on giving trends
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to learn and manipulate databases
- Ability to attend and help with weekend and evening events
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- Bachelor's degree or higher, required
- A minimum of three years of professional experience, in development, communications, events management, or marketing in a higher education or non-profit setting, or a related field, required
- Experience with annual giving and use of various streams including digital and traditional direct response channels, preferred
- Cover letter
- Professional references
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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