St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is seeking a Director of the Annual Fund to begin July 1, 2020. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Development. The Director of the Annual Fund plans and coordinates all Annual Fund initiatives, including coordination of volunteers, prospect targeting, goal-setting, multi-channel marketing, cultivation, Giving Days, and solicitation; assists with stewardship; and coordinates all Annual Fund mailing and event schedules.
Working to develop and cultivate relationships with current and alumni parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends of the Day School, the Director works daily with Development Office staff and volunteer leadership to ensure that the Day School identifies, attracts, retains, and stewards broad participation and key gifts each year. We are seeking an individual who is adept at handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced office environment. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidate should expect to work occasional evenings and weekends.
The Annual Fund, the Day School’s top philanthropic priority, raises approximately $1 million from more than 600 donors. About 90% of current parents, our largest donor constituency, support the Annual Fund. St. Patrick’s also celebrates 100% participation from our Board of Trustees and faculty and staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate and oversee annual branding and messaging, education of new parents, ongoing multi-channel solicitations for the Annual Fund?working with Development Office staff and volunteers to coordinate face-to-face, phone, direct mail, and online giving.
Recruit and oversee all Annual Fund leadership and volunteers?including current parents, grandparents, alumni parents, and alumni?in devising and managing a program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the Day School, including regular communication with volunteers and reporting on progress. This program will include the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for repeatable, renewable, or replaceable gifts.
Create the design and manage the printing of all written materials, in coordination with outside vendors.
Draft acknowledgement letters and assist the Development and Communication Associate in ensuring an accurate acknowledgement process and Development Office database.
Plan stewardship activities and events, including the spring Leadership Party.
Work with the Development and Communication Associate on creating queries from the database as needed for mailings, special events, solicitations, exports, and segmentations.
Assist with the Auction (January-March) and other all-hands activities throughout the year, such as Family Fun Day in September and Grandparents & Special Friends Visiting Day in November.
Provide Assistant Head of School for Development with Annual Fund information for reports to the Board of Trustees and staff the Advancement Committee with the Assistant Head of School for Development.
Work closely with the Assistant Head of School for Development and the Director of Communication to produce The St. Patrick’s Press and the Annual Report.
Prepare annual statistical reporting for AIMS, AISGW, NAIS, CASE, etc.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Head of School for Development and the Head of School.
Contribute to a professional office environment, work as a team player, and maintain an organized desk and office.
Requisite Professional Skills
Two years of Annual Fund experience
Organization and attention to detail
Ability to be highly confidential in handling sensitive personal and institutional information ? Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work with a wide range of personalities and levels of management
Ability to complete projects independently and collaborate in a team environment
Preferred Professional Skills
Knowledge of Raiser's Edge
Experience in independent schools or the advancement field
About St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling approximately 480 students on two campuses. The Day School program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools—including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Mid-Atlantic and New England and, less frequently, public schools—upon graduation.
Since its founding in 1956, St. Patrick’s has grown and changed significantly, opening as a nursery school for parish families, expanding through the elementary grades beginning in 1967, and adding Grades 7 and 8 on the MacArthur Campus in 2001 and 2002. Since 2000, we have transformed the main Whitehaven Campus, the longtime home of our nursery and elementary programs, with new classrooms, two new libraries, a gymnasium and performance center, and three playgrounds.
In 2012, St. Patrick’s completed an $8-million campaign that supported construction of our first regulation athletic field and related infrastructure on the... nearby Foxhall Campus and strengthened the capital base of the institution through the reduction of debt. In 2019, St. Patrick’s completed a $4-million campaign in support of the build-out and relocation of an
expanded middle school for Grades 6, 7, and 8; redeveloped two playgrounds and built a new Sports Deck; and created a new Design & Collaboration Lab.