The Town School, a Nursery - 8th grade coeducational school in New York City, seeks a new Director of Annual Giving & Alumni/ae Affairs. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement and working collaboratively with the entire advancement staff, the director’s primary responsibility is to grow support for Town’s $1.2MM Annual Fund and the school’s forthcoming fundraising campaign. The director will be responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of all Annual Giving and Alumni/ae programs.
Plan, implement, and manage all aspects of an inspiring and compelling Annual Giving program including publications, appeals, donor recognition and stewardship.
Strategize with the Director of Institutional Advancement to integrate a successful Annual Giving program within the context of a capital campaign.
Recruit, train, lead, engage, and retain the Annual Giving cabinet and volunteer solicitors for peer to peer outreach. Communicate updates and next steps.
Research potential donors and collaborate on solicitation strategies.
Lead all AG mailings, analysis, donor maintenance. Monitor gift processing and prepare reports.
Participate in all fundraising activities and major campaigns, including planning, researching donors, soliciting, tracking campaign progress, recognition, and stewardship.
Strategize with Director of Institutional Advancement on inclusion strategies with the goal of maximizing parent connections to the school, participation in annual giving and advancement programs.
Identify, cultivate and strengthen relationships with potential donors.
Alumni/ae and Alumni/ae Parent Affairs
Research and profile the background of all alumni/ae and former faculty.
Expand and replenish alum class agents and past parents, and function as a liaison between them and all activities at school.
Plan, implement and attend receptions, reunions and other special events on campus or outside the school.
Network with ongoing schools and alumni/ae Town's preparation for high school for use in alumni/ae and all school publications.
Oversee archives and ensure the collection and preservation of photos and other important documents.
Gather alumni/ae notes and research, write and edit alumni/ae profiles for the annual Currents
Oversee the maintenance of alumni/ae information in database.
Work with the Director of Communications to formulate and implement a strategy to enhance alumni/ae connection to, and support of, Town. Post periodic social media updates.
Lead the alumni board and young alumni/ae board and support their fundraising and event initiatives.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Institutional Advancement and Head of School.
Attend NYC Annual Giving Directors’ meetings, and Alumni/ae Directors’ meetings throughout the school year.
Participate in ongoing professional development.
Connect all constituencies to the mission and educational vision of the school through communications, reunions, celebrations and other special events.
Town aspires to be an equitable and inclusive school community and therefore strongly encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Candidates should send a letter of interest, resumé, and the names/contact information of three professional references to Philip Bien, Director of Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A minimum of five years of progressive experience in frontline fundraising and annual giving or related, preferably in an academic setting.
Supportive of Town’s mission and philosophy.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, and supportive of Town’s Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; demonstrated personal growth and accomplishment in this area preferred.
Comfort with a range of technology, including Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge (NXT).
Personal characteristics of an outstanding professional: warmth, tact, discernment, superb communication and organization skills, high energy and a good sense of humor.
About The Town School
The Town School is committed to elementary co-education, serving students in nursery through eighth grade. As we embrace high academic and ethical standards for each student, we are guided by our school motto, “Joy with Purpose.”
Town’s program balances the traditional and the innovative, emphasizing excellence in academics and a thorough exposure to the arts and physical education. We teach children to think creatively, read critically and reason logically, stressing the value of both individual learning and collaboration. We are committed to diversity, teaching students to be inclusive and to respect themselves and others.
Students leave Town as well-rounded, articulate, resilient and morally responsible individuals. They are prepared to meet the challenges of a demanding secondary education and continue on the path of lifelong learning.
We believe that the process of learning is as important as the result. Town builds on children’s natural curiosity and creativity, helping them discover and celebrate their strengths. In our nurturing and supportive environment, we challenge each student to take risks and persevere. The pr...ogram enables students to experience success, increase self-confidence and develop individuality. Faculty and parents collaborate in support of each child’s growth.
Town students develop social awareness through age-appropriate service within the school and the community at large. Students exercise responsibility and assume leadership roles as they learn to become involved citizens of the world.