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Annual Giving Manager


Position Type Staff
Start 05/10/2021
School Name Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
City, State Bellevue, WA 
Posted 05/04/2021

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.

Job Summary:

Working as a member of the four-person Development Office, the Annual Giving Manager is responsible for leading and implementing a $600,000 annual giving program. The manager focuses on cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding trustees, parents, alumnae, grandparents, past parents, and former trustees.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop an effective yearly strategy to achieve annual giving goals
  • Analyze constituency to determine appropriate segmentation
  • Target constituents using giving history as well as information provided by the Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Design, write, and implement annual giving solicitations
  • Supervise mail, email, phone, text, and social media solicitation processes
  • In collaboration with the Director of Institutional Advancement:
  • Conduct face-to-face solicitations/visits with constituents
  • Recruit, train, and support annual giving volunteers
  • Prepare and facilitate volunteer meetings, training sessions, and phone-a-thons
  • Build relationships with prospects with the goals of strengthening their affiliation with and support of the school
  • Record visits through use of contact reports and document all activity in the database
  • Supervise gift entry process to ensure accuracy and proper coordination with the Business Office
  • Develop, compose, and manage gift acknowledgements
  • Acknowledge all Annual Fund gifts
  • Generate and proofread data for appropriate sections of the Annual Report
  • Develop and implement appropriate and beneficial stewardship strategies
  • Coordinate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for leadership annual giving ($3,000) prospects, collaborating with the Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Manage and regularly update content of the annual giving section of the school’s website

Specific Skills:

  • In order to embrace the mission of the school and be successful in the position, the Annual Giving Manager must possess and exhibit the following skills:
  • Familiarity with and endorsement of the School’s mission, culture, and values
  • Personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents
  • Self-motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, and commitment to innovation
  • Cooperation, collegiality, and commitment to teamwork
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Excellent quantity, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of work produced
  • Excellent planning, prioritization, organization, multitasking, efficiency, and follow-through in execution of responsibilities
  • Dependability, punctuality, and attendance at all required and some optional meetings and events
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Commitment to professional development and self-improvement
  • Proficiency in use of technology: Raiser’s Edge database, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), and web editing software
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel locally

General Responsibilities:

  • Educate constituencies about the importance of supporting the school
  • Help to identify prospects and volunteers for capital fundraising effort
  • Attend Development Committee meetings when necessary or appropriate
  • Delegate appropriate tasks to the Database Administrator
  • Manage annual giving budget
  • Maintain annual giving program supplies
  • Support and staff events run by the Development Office

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university required
  • Degree in Business Administration, Marketing/Communications or Finance preferred
  • 5 years’ professional experience in a variety of roles, including business development, sales, communications and auction/event planning with a proven track record of volunteer recruitment and personnel management required
  • Experience managing various functions, often simultaneously required
  • 2-3+ years’ experience in fundraising or related work in non-profit or independent schools required
  • Experience working with volunteers, faculty and staff required
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in annual giving or annual fund experience preferred

Salary/Benefits: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Application Process: Applicants should email the required information: Cover letter and resume to Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Attn: Casey O’Rourke, Director of Institutional Advancement, corourke@forestridge.org. This position is open until filled.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school-administered programs.

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