Annual Giving Manager

  • The Walker School
  • Marietta, GA, USA
  • Sep 18, 2023
Full time Advancement

Job Description

Position Title: Annual Giving Manager

Reports to: Director of Development

Employment Status: Full Time - 12 Month Employee

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt


The Annual Giving Manager plays a crucial role in building community through philanthropy to support the mission of The Walker School. This person is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to sustain and strengthen The Walker Fund among various constituent groups, including parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and faculty/staff.


The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented self starter who can work both independently and collaboratively with development team colleagues to meet fundraising goals. The candidate will have well-developed interpersonal skills and be comfortable cultivating relationships with parent, alumni, student, faculty, and staff constituents to advance annual fundraising efforts. The candidate should possess a creative and innovative mindset with a forward-thinking approach to philanthropy, along with the ability to perform in a dynamic work environment, successfully managing projects and working with a high degree of attention to detail. In addition, the candidate should have a record of successfully recruiting, training, and managing volunteers from diverse backgrounds. The candidate should have a commitment to The Walker School’s mission and values and be willing to serve as an ambassador for the school both internally and externally.


  • Communicate effectively how annual giving supports The Walker School’s mission and core values.

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Development to design, implement, and manage a comprehensive, proactive plan focused on retaining and expanding the donor base and increasing individual annual support of The Walker Fund.

  • Draft, design, and oversee production of digital, print, and video appeals for The Walker Fund as part of a multi-channel solicitation approach for all Walker constituencies, including faculty/staff, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents.

  • Serve as the primary coordinator of annual giving events, including Walker Fund kick-off and stewardship events, such as the Leadership Society Dinner, Head of School Meet and Greets, and other on-campus events.

  • Target, segment, and solicit annual giving donors and prospective donors

  • Mobilize and manage The Walker Fund volunteer committee for parent engagement and participation among all constituent groups.

  • Work with school staff to increase alumni giving through volunteer leadership, reunion giving, individual cultivation, and prospect management.

  • Coordinate with development colleagues on potential major gifts/leadership donor prospects based on prospect research and screenings.

  • Assist with timely and effective stewardship, recognition, and impact reporting.


  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum Two Years of Fundraising Experience, preferably in an independent school or higher education setting

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Familiarity with Google Suite

  • Experience with Client Relationship Management systems, preferably Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge


  • High emotional intelligence and exceptional interpersonal skills

  • Cultural competence and respect for the infinite worth and dignity of all individuals

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organization and careful attention to detail

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to problem-solving

  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills

  • Flexible and able to handle conflict with empathy and grace


The Walker School is a leader among independent schools in the metro Atlanta area and has long been recognized for its first-rate academic program, close relationships between students and faculty, and abundant opportunities for students to engage in meaningful experiences in and outside of the classroom. Walker enrolls students from Pre-K3 through Grade 12 and is open to all faiths. Our commitment to diversity provides a welcoming and safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and to successfully navigate an ever-changing world. The Walker School is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. The best candidates will be able to demonstrate a proven commitment to working in diverse, multicultural settings.


The Walker School’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan through TIAA-CREF, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

Interested applicants must complete the online application on the Careers Page at