Director of Annual Giving

  • St. Anne's-Belfield School
  • 2132 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Jun 05, 2023
Full time Advancement

Job Description

The Director of Annual Giving plays a vital role in advancing the core purpose of St. Anne’s-Belfield School and strengthening the culture of philanthropy among parents/guardians, alumni, and the School’s extended community. In partnership with Development colleagues, the Director will establish and communicate key messages, draft marketing plans and appeal letters, manage annual giving plans and timetables, implement best practices, and conduct donor outreach to achieve the goals for the Fund for St. Anne’s-Belfield, the school’s annual giving campaign. The Director will recruit, support, and inspire key volunteers in their work on behalf of the School and champion annual giving with students, faculty, staff, senior administration, and the School community.

Detailed position responsibilities: 

  • Develop a multi-year, data-driven annual giving plan and oversee the execution of the plan to achieve the School’s philanthropic goals. This work will include a variety of efforts, including mailings and other direct outreach, volunteer engagement, donor meetings, digital communications, etc.;

  • Recruit, manage, and assess the effectiveness of volunteer committees in the cultivation and stewardship of annual giving donors;

  • Execute strategies developed in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to affect increases in parent and alumni giving to the Fund for St. Anne’s-Belfield, including implementing a more robust alumni reunion giving program;

  • Solicit gifts for the Fund for St. Anne’s-Belfield. 

  • Engage regularly with select donors to the Fund for St. Anne’s-Belfield to realize increased giving and implement enhanced stewardship;

  • Track activities to ensure that annual giving efforts are effective, on schedule, and in partnership with the advancement services and operations team to disseminate monthly reports for internal and external use;

  • In partnership with Advancement colleagues, coordinate programs and initiatives to effectively steward annual giving donors;

  • In close collaboration with Advancement and Communications colleagues, manage the creation of communications materials designed to generate annual gifts, including direct mail, email solicitations, videos, and production of printed materials;

  • Stay abreast of best practices relating to fundraising and participate in on-going professional development activities;

  • Seek opportunities to be active in the life of the School, connecting regularly with students and faculty, and serve the School in other ways as needed.

Essential skills:

  • Familiarity with annual giving, volunteer management, and direct marketing;

  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills; 

  • Creative thinking and demonstrated ability to affect growth in desired results;

  • Strong interest in K – 12 education generally, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School more specifically;

  • High level of attention to detail;

  • Consummate team player who is comfortable working with wide range of people;

  • Ability to design and create communications collateral is preferred;

  • Experience working within comprehensive fundraising programs is a plus.

Education and experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in development or related fields

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Physical Demands and Work Experience: Office environment with frequent interruptions. Some weekend and evening work expected.

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