Assistant Director, Alumni Annual Giving
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Job Title: Assistant Director, Alumni Annual Giving
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious, and nurtured by challenge in an environment that develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The School was founded in 1951 guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,860 students in grades Pre-First through Twelfth, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.
Westminster is a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources.
The position of Assistant Director, Alumni Annual Giving is integral to the success of The Westminster Schools’ development program and specifically the annual fund, known as The Westminster Fund. This leader will assist in the planning and execution of the alumni annual giving campaign and will provide guidance and support to the annual fund’s more than 100 alumni volunteers.
Supervisor: Director of Annual Giving
Position Status: This position is a salaried, exempt, full-time, regular, 12-month position.
Hours of Work: Standard work week. Evening and weekend work may be required.
- Works in collaboration with Director of Annual Giving to formulate and execute strategies for the alumni giving to increase dollars raised and overall participation. Serves as the primary contact for alumni campaign leadership and alumni giving inquiries.
- Oversees the alumni giving campaign’s progress and identifies and implements efficiencies and redirections to strategies as necessary. Keeps the Director of Annual Giving updated on the progress and strategies.
- Develops, cultivates, and supports alumni fundraising volunteer network. Includes recruiting class agents, creating training materials for alumni volunteers, communicating regularly and providing updated reports to volunteers, and establishing and meeting goals in partnership with alumni volunteers.
- Working closely with Director of Annual Giving, is responsible for implementing and monitoring the reunion-based fundraising program. This includes helping to identify and assign leadership prospects and assisting with communications to fundraisers to ensure Reunion financial goals are met.
- Manages the strategy and implementation of the Golden Wildcat (alumni who have celebrated their 50th Reunion) and NAPS/Washington Seminary (predecessor schools) campaigns.
- Drafts key alumni giving messages and multi-tiered solicitation communications. Assists in the development of annual fund communications (drafting and editing copy for letters, emails, social media, newsletters, website updates, etc.).
- Works with Alumni Engagement office to ensure collaborative communications and foster culture of philanthropy in alumni community. Attends alumni events, Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council board meetings, and school-wide functions as needed to connect with constituents.
- Stays abreast of alumni giving best practices, industry trends, and emerging technologies. Cultivates a professional network of colleagues at other institutions to serve as resource for new ideas.
- Works with Annual Giving team to achieve overall Westminster Fund dollar and participation goals, providing support to projects outside the alumni giving campaign as needed.
- Embraces the mission and vision of The Westminster Schools.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least three years of progressive experience in non-profit or educational fundraising, preferably in an annual giving position.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently and take initiative to meet deadlines in a time-sensitive and fluid environment with attention to detail and accuracy.
- A record of recruiting, training, and managing volunteers.
- Flexible problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member and manage multiple projects at once.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills and significant experience working with high-level constituents.
- Very strong computer skills, including high competency in Microsoft Office software, databases (preferably Raiser’s Edge), and email marketing programs.
- Polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and constituents.
- Commitment to the mission of The Westminster Schools and willing to serve as an ambassador for the School both internally and externally.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle and feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; talk and hear. The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Occasional out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Westminster is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. It is Westminster’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities and administer terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE/M/F/D/V.
Note: This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work to be performed by employees within this classification. This position description should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required or assigned to an employee in this position. Nothing contained in this this position description restricts Westminster’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.