The Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Events is responsible for the planning and implementation of the comprehensive annual giving program at Sacred Heart Academy, including fundraising, communication and event strategies. Responsible to increase annual giving by established metrics and to grow the percentage of donors by identifying and engaging new prospects. Focus will be given to key constituent groups such as President’s Circle donors, and young alumnae. Management of Advisory Board and Class Representatives to support fundraising goals.
The role is also responsible for the implementation and management of two major fundraising event: annual dinner dance and golf outing. The position will also manage donor acknowledgements and stewardship of scholarship donors. Qualified candidates will have proven experience in professional fundraising roles, experience with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising data platform preferred. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, an authentic appreciation of Sacred Heart’s mission and commitment to Catholic values. The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with team members. Personal skills to inspire prospective benefactors to support and invest in Sacred Heart’s future.
The role reports to the President.
Position duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Grow annual giving by established metrics approved by the President
Develop data-driven approaches to increase donor participation and increase revenue, including expanding Giving Day program and online giving
Create appropriate and manageable prospect solicitation portfolio
Manage volunteers, including event committees, Advisory Board and Class Representatives for the purpose of fundraising support
Create accurate and timely progress reports on progress to goal, this should include a monthly tracking system on progress vs. last year as well as overall progress to year-end goals
Conduct established number of face to face solicitations for annual fund gifts, tracking system to be established and shared
Manage moves management process– conduct bi-weekly strategy and progress meetings, hold accountable all identified actions
Prepare grant requests for identified foundations and corporations in collaboration with grant writing specialist
Steward existing donors through creative engagement opportunities in alumnae relations and school life
Create accurate and timely gift reports, and acknowledgements
Responsible for fundraising targets of 2 major fundraising events - annual dinner dance and golf outing
Prepare IA Board Report for the Board of Trustees with timely and accurate fundraising material, and the inclusion of other IA activities to be provided by the director of alumnae relations
Develop communication strategies to drive annual fund and restricted giving participation
Recognizing that events are often utilized as fundraising strategies, the director of annual giving is responsible for two major fundraising events. The role is expected to be present at all alumnae events, specifically reunions, for the sole purpose of executing fundraising initiatives prior to, at, and following the event.
When strategically necessary, the director of annual giving may initiate additional events to support fundraising goals. These events should be clearly established at the beginning of each year, in consultation with supervisor. Fundraising targets should be set in advance of event, and the event should be evaluated based on fundraising success. In these unique cases, clear responsibilities should be established by the appropriate parties.
Proven experience in development with demonstrated accomplishment in achieving fundraising targets and building productive relationships
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, alumnae, other constituents
Strong writing, planning and organizational skills
Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment
High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
Experience with fundraising databases and reporting uses, preferably experience Raiser’s Edge
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed