Cary Academy Fund Director

  • Cary Academy
  • Cary, NC, USA
  • Oct 31, 2022
Full time Advancement

Job Description

The Cary Academy Fund Director manages Cary Academy’s comprehensive annual giving program with primary responsibility for strategic planning, implementation, and execution. The Director develops and executes a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies involving e-mails, direct-mail, phone, personal visitation and volunteer engagement focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support for the CA Fund.  The Director provides strategic direction and pipeline-building insight in the context of growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater development and campaign priorities set forth by the Head of School and Director of Development.  

The Cary Academy Professional Culture

  • Above all else, we are fiercely committed to putting our students first in all that we do.
  • We are relentless in the pursuit of our mission.
  • We are insatiably curious, knowing that if we are open to and excited about learning, the right answers will come to us—eventually!
  • Tradition matters to us, but moving forward with an eye to the new, different and unexplored matters even more.
  • We deliberately seek out a broad range of backgrounds and experiences in our employees and value this as essential to allowing our community to grow and innovate.
  • We share ideas, information and perspectives in a way that honors and empowers everyone and allows our community to thrive.
  • We nurture meaningful relationships with community members that make us look forward to coming to work each day.
  • We are self-motivated professionals who take pride in and responsibility for the work we do.

Cary Academy's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Cary Academy encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to create working and learning environments that are safe and inclusive.

The Cary Academy Diversity Mission Statement

"Cary Academy fosters a learning community where the richness of diversity is recognized, respected, and embraced. Our view in diversity includes, but is not limited to ability, age, appearance, gender, national origin, personal qualities, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Our vision is to nurture and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment where everyone is valued.”

Cary Academy Fund Director's MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees all fundraising efforts for the Cary Academy Fund including developing direct-mail and other fund-raising materials; recruits chairs and volunteer committee; coordinates phonathons; and oversees activities of volunteers to ensure a successful fundraising; ensures timely and frequent solicitations throughout the year. 
  • Uses research to identify capacity of donors and works to build relationships and increased giving of existing donors and prospects. 
  • Cultivates donors and promotes major gift opportunities. 
  • Works with Communications team to boost CA Fund web presence and keep CA Fund at the forefront of fundraising efforts by executing a variety of marketing and communication strategies. 
  • Ensures updated data is provided to the Database Specialist for entry into the database; writes acknowledgement letters, and coordinates mailings with Database Specialist. 
  • Works with the Business office to ensure that gifts and other Development transactions are properly handled, recorded, and tracked in accordance with tax regulations, generally accepted accounting principles and school policy. 
  • Consults as needed with CFO/Controller to ensure correct guidance is provided to donors.  Performs basic financial and operational analysis and reporting for CA Fund. 
  • Assists in the preparation of special fund-raising projects as needed, which may require solicitation or targeted asks. 
  • Provides ongoing training and operational supervision to all Development staff.  In the absence of he Director of Development, supervises all Development functions. 
  • Assists with other Development Office events, activities and initiatives as needed. Performs other projects and duties as assigned. 


Thorough understanding of fund raising and development.

Excellent written and oral skills with a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office. Strong computer skills in a Microsoft environment with the ability to easily adapt to al types of software packages.

Excellent problem-solving, organizational, communication, writing and mathematical skills.

Ability to pay attention to detail and be accurate.

Ability to handle a multiple-priority, deadline-oriented work environment. 

Ability to handle tasks with interruptions and maintain positive outlook. 

Ability and willingness to be a collaborative and supportive member of the Cary Academy team. 

The person in this position must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal with employees, parents, and internal and external constituents with sensitivity and understanding.  Attendance that is regular, predictable, and reliable is expected of all employees. 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Experience: Minimum of three to five years of development experience. Proven experience and success with an annual fund campaign; major gifts; grant proposal preparation; and special events planning.  Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Word and Raiser’s Edge.  Experience at an independent school preferred.

Equivalency: Directly related experience or a combination of directly related education and experience may be considered in place of the above requirements.