Founded in 1911, The Ethel Walker School (www.ethelwalker.org) is an independent, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 6 through 12. Walker’s is committed to a well-rounded and joyful student body with broad emphasis on scholarship, the arts, athletics and service. It is a foundational experience for the students yielding lifelong intellectual curiosity, academic and life success, and commitment to community. The campus is located on 175 expansive acres in Simsbury, Connecticut. Recent large-scale projects have beautified and advanced the functionality and marketability of the school and physical campus. This includes the completion of the approximately 70,000 square-foot Centennial Center, a state of the art, multi-use facility housing impressive athletic facilities including a pool, squash, basketball and volleyball courts, dance studios, student center, athletic training room and medical services. Walker’s boasts a nationally-recognized equestrian program operating with over fifty horses on-site, a hundred+ acre on-campus facility with a nationally-renowned head of riding and superb equestrian trainers. Recent renovations have entailed building excellent science laboratory/classrooms, Middle School and residence hall updates as well as new outdoor turf and grass fields.
Reporting to the Assistant Head for Advancement, the Director of Annual Giving and Family Philanthropy for Walker’s is responsible for the strategic development of a comprehensive annual giving program in an ambitious philanthropy program. A skilled relationship builder, the Director will analyze and utilize data to inform strategy, create and realize annual giving goals by donor segment, plan and implement an annual giving calendar of thoughtful, timely and impactful segmented solicitations, stewardship actions and activities. They will use data analysis to inform, develop and implement strategies to acquire, retain and renew donors, growing Walker’s annual giving results across all constituencies. A proven solicitor and gift closer, the Director of Annual Giving and Family Philanthropy for Walker’s will also be responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of leadership donors and championing a culture of equity and inclusion through the work of the Advancement Office on campus and with all constituencies. The Director works closely with colleagues in a team-based work environment.
Specific roles and responsibilities include:
Create and refine an 18-month strategy and implementation plan to meet or exceed a growing annual fund goal ($2M+) with defined metrics and goals tracked through Raiser’s Edge.
Create compelling donor communications content to demonstrate case for and impact of support, creating persuasive donor solicitations and stewardship messaging.
With the Assistant Head for Advancement develop a parent and family giving program, growing annual giving among both current parents, and parents of alumnae supported by a Parent’s Fund volunteer group.
Ensure annual goals and metrics are achieved on time and within budget.
Project manage deliverables of the Annual Fund for Walkers, working in close concert with the Director of Alumnae Relations and the Advancement Services Manager and Advancement team and communications partners.
Expand the strength of Walker’s giving societies with a strategic annual plan and in concert with work of the Advancement Committee, Parent and alumnae class volunteers.
Project manage the solicitation of entry and mid-level donors to the Annual Fund across multiple channels including social/digital media, direct mail, telephone, growing giving by segment.
Participate in the solicitation of major donors during trips and personal visits, closing annual, capital and endowment gifts.
Coordinate and implement a cultivation and stewardship strategy which engages, recognizes, and celebrates donors in a meaningful way which strengthens their relationship with Walker’s.
Ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress against annual fundraising goals and metrics as defined in the 18-month strategic plan and taking corrective action to meet established goals.
With the Assistant Head of Advancement support the work of the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and other volunteer groups.
Work in partnership with the Director of Alumnae Relations to ensure a coordinated approach to giving across constituent groups, and the further development of a robust and diverse volunteer program.
Provide support and coordination in pre-Campaign planning and analysis.
The position requires excellent communications and organizational skills and an acute attention to detail. Effective planning, the ability to prioritize many tasks with competing deadlines are essential characteristics for this position. Well-honed interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, a proactive, optimistic, growth mind-set, and the ability to work effectively with volunteers and collaborators from across the campus community are necessary traits.
Specific requirements include:
1.) 3-5 years of professional experience in fundraising with demonstrated success in meeting or exceeding set goals.
2.) Bachelor's degree.
3.) A proven record of successful collaboration with key volunteers, donors, and senior administrative officers, including Head of School and Trustees.
4.) Superior organizational and planning skills, the ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion, meeting deadlines.
5). Demonstrated fluency with Raiser’s Edge and NxT fundraising software including query building and databases; highly proficient technical capacities including Google and Microsoft Office applications and fundraising and volunteer platforms GiveCampus, ThankView and Graduway.
6.) Evidence of curiosity, initiative, energy, creativity, flexibility, sensitivity, integrity, determination and confidence to work in a fast-paced educational setting.
7.) Demonstrated expertise with multi-channel communications and solicitation strategies via direct mail, electronic solicitation, telemarketing, social media, fundraising strategies and skills necessary to optimize the use of technology to realize desired results.
8.) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage and mentor.
9.) An understanding of and affinity for a residential learning community is important, and a willingness to participate in the life of the community.
10.) Valid Driver’s License and willingness to travel, work nights and occasional weekends.
To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, contact list of three (3) professional references in one (1) document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The Ethel Walker School is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status.
Just 20 minutes from Hartford, The Ethel Walker School, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, excels at preparing girls to make a profound difference in the world. As a boarding and day school of 250 girls from grades 6-12 plus a postgraduate year, members of this diverse community are dedicated to global citizenship, scholarship, the arts, social justice and inclusion, athletics, wellness, and community partnerships. The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the School empowers girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning. Walker’s provides a home away from home in an environment of support, challenge, safety, and engagement to our girls. Girls are given many opportunities to grow, learn and lead within our community and beyond.
Walker’s is dedicated to recruiting and supporting educators who are committed to their own ongoing learning process and growth in a collaborative work environment. Successful applicants are also dynamic individuals who are compelled to provide a positive, joyful, challenging learning environment for our girls.
The Ethel Walker School is an equal opportunity employer.