The Director of Annual Giving will be responsible for creating, communicating, and executing a strategic, comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for the Country Day Fund. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming that engages all constituents and demonstrates growth each year. The Director of Annual Giving will also work to ensure the effective administration of annual gifts through acknowledgment letters, stewardship of donors, and succinct reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents. This individual will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors through individual meetings, seeking and securing gifts for the Country Day Fund and identifying potential leadership prospects. The Director of Annual Giving will manage a group of 100+ volunteers solicitors who comprise the Country Day Fund committees and communicate regularly regarding progress of the Fund. The Director of Annual Giving will manage Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/NXT reporting for the Development Office. This position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position that will report to the Director of Development.
Additional information about Country Day can be found on our website at www.mpcds.com
• In consultation with the Director of Development, execute strategic and tactical plans for achieving annual giving goals.
• Create and manage a comprehensive fundraising plan, multi-channel marketing strategy, and appeal calendar for the Country Day Fund.
• Enhance the use of digital marketing (e.g., email, websites, social media) and analytics to improve segmentation and messaging and to create a personal and positive experience for donors.
• Oversee a strategy to grow the number of leadership donors each year by acquiring, retaining and upgrading donors of $1,500 or more. Develop benefit programs and special engagement opportunities that encourage donors to higher levels of annual giving.
• Develop strong solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs for key constituencies (parents, faculty/staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, young alumni, etc).
• In consultation with the Director of Alumni Relations, strategize and implement a robust alumni and reunion giving structure.
• Create and manage an appeal and stewardship calendar to communicate with potential and current donors through traditional and digital methods (i.e. email, phonathons, direct mail, social media, website content, personal visits and special events).
• Identify, recruit, and manage Country Day Fund volunteers.
• Prepare weekly, monthly, and other Country Day Fund reports, develop custom reports, and maintain constituent information in our Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database.
• Work with Development Assistant to manage gift receipting and acknowledgment procedures.
• Utilize Raiser's Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
• Create appeals and marketing materials, as well as maintain Country Day Fund section of the School's website.
• Attend on-campus and off-campus events as necessary.
• Assist with applications for state grants and other special projects as necessary.
• Work cooperatively to achieve common goals and to alleviate peak workloads in other programs for which the Development Office is responsible, while providing the best quality product available; continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
• Model appropriate behavior, optimism, and high achievement.
• Be open to new ideas and their implementation. React and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
• Listen carefully to and understand constituents' needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond in consultation with the Director of Development to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
• Continue to grow in his/her knowledge through ongoing individual learning and pursuit of professional development opportunities.
• Strong communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
• Manage time and priorities in a fast-paced multitasking environment.
• Bachelor's degree
• Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills. A minimum of 5 years of experience in a nonprofit environment, with a track record of success in annual giving.
• Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to work with and motivate other development professionals and volunteers.
• Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent-management software required, including Microsoft Office; Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT experience strongly preferred.
• Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices and respect for confidentiality of donor information
• A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
• The willingness and ability to represent Metairie Park Country Day School professionally on campus and off-campus. (Some travel, evenings, and weekend work required.)
Interested parties may send a cover letter and resume to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com. Please include "Director of Annual Giving" as the subject line of your email.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.