St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling more than 500 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.
St. Patrick’s is seeking a Director of the Annual Fund to begin July 1, 2017. This position reports to the Director of Development. The Director of the Annual Fund directs and coordinates all Annual Fund initiatives, including new prospect identification, goal-setting, marketing, cultivation, 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 key gifts each year. We are seeking an individual who is adept at juggling multiple tasks in a high-energy, fast-paced, open-office environment. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidate should expect to work occasional evenings and weekends.
The Development Office
The Development Office is responsible for the Day School’s fundraising and volunteer activities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the Development Office engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. In all of its programs and activities, the Development Office strives to achieve a proper balance among school needs, volunteer initiative, and donor participation.
The Development Office team is comprised of four full-time employees and two part-time employees—the Assistant Head of School for Development, the Director of Development, the Director of the Annual Fund, the Co-Directors of Constituent Relations, and the Development Associate. In addition, a part-time Auction consultant—the longtime Associate Director of Development now an independent contractor—continues to work with Development Office staff and parent volunteers on that important event in support of the Financial Aid Program.
The Annual Fund, the Day School’s top philanthropic priority, raised $1.2 million from over 600 donors in 2015-2016 and is on pace for a similar result in 2016-2017. In 2015-2016, 92% of current parents, our largest donor constituency, supported 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, education of new parents, ongoing solicitations to give to 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 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 the 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 the Director of Communication.
Draft acknowledgement letters and assist the Development Associate in entering all gifts and pledges into the Development Office database.
Work with the Development Associate on creating queries or Crystal reports from the database as needed for mailings, special events, solicitations, exports, and segmentations.
Research and Prospect Identification
In the summer, assist in new prospect identification and develop profiles on all new parents and grandparents and all campaign prospects.
Throughout the year, update profiles and complete more sophisticated research, ensuring that all information is transferred into the Development Office database.
Requisite Professional Skills
3-5 years of office experience in fundraising or related fields
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 school or other not-for-profit advancement
An individual interested in seeking this position should submit a resume and letter outlining his/her personal and professional preparation to Elizabeth Owens, Director of Development, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC 20007, or OwensE@stpatsdc.org. Included in those materials should be the contact information for at least three references from individuals who know the candidate’s professional accomplishments and character well.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 500 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that ...emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. 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 Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery through Grade 6 and Grades 7 and 8 math and science, and the MacArthur Campus, the traditional home to Grades 7 and 8. St. Patrick's also has a regulation athletic field and stadium complex on the Foxhall Campus, located a short walk from the main Whitehaven Campus. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8).