Director of Annual Giving
At Mercersburg, we value diversity and believe in cultivating a safe community where everyone is encouraged to be their authentic selves
Mercersburg Academy, an independent, co-educational, boarding school located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, was established in 1893. Mercersburg Academy offers a dynamic academic program to a diverse and close-knit community of learners. Students learn to think for themselves as they prepare for purposeful lives in a global community.
Mercersburg Academy is currently accepting applications for Director of Annual Giving. This position is a 12-month staff position and is available immediately. Please see the position description at the link below. For consideration, submit a letter of interest and resume to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Director of Annual Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and manages a team of Annual Fund staff members. Primary responsibilities are to lead the Mercersburg Annual Fund, support its volunteers and solicit leadership gifts to the Annual Fund. In addition, this individual works closely with other key members of the Advancement and Alumni Relations staff to meet mutual goals.
Leads a team to meet Mercersburg’s
Annual Fund goals.
Creates, monitors, and evaluates the
annual plan, as well as short- and long-term goals.
Provides status reports for internal
and external distribution.
Directs all staff activity relating
to the Mercersburg Annual Fund.
Develops direct mail, social media
and digital solicitation plans.
Secures annual gifts through personal
solicitation and pledge fulfillment outreach.
Assigns potential donors to
appropriate staff and volunteer solicitors.
Lead solicitation and outreach
efforts for the William Mann Irvine Society (WMIS), the school’s
annual leadership giving society.
Provides direction and assistance for
special programs such as phonathons, reunions, senior class gift,
Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), etc.
Recruits, trains, and supports
volunteers who demonstrate the interest, ability and commitment to
advance the Mercersburg Annual Fund including; White Key giving
committee, the Giving Committee of the Alumni Council, Class
Agents, and Reunion Chairs.
With support from the Chief
Development Officer (CDO), create all marketing materials, appeal
letters, online solicitations, pledge reminders, acknowledgement
Implements appropriate donor
recognition programs for young alumni and leadership donors to the
Mercersburg Annual Fund.
Writes for school publications to
promote Annual Fund priorities.
Supports activities, initiatives and
events sponsored by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A disciplined, results-oriented,
self-starter, demonstrating initiative and the ability to work
independently with minimal supervision.
Persuasive communication skills in
writing, in-person, and over the telephone.
Outstanding listening and analytical
Strong presentation skills with the
ability to be knowledgeable and articulate in stating Mercersburg
Academy’s mission and vision, and the case for support of its
Ability to appropriately manage
highly confidential information.
A creative, good-natured member of a
team with demonstrated collaborative and proactive manners.
Exceptional organization skills and
attention to detail.
Five years of demonstrated success as
a program manager and fundraiser. Transferable experiences will be
considered but preference will be given to candidates whose success
in fundraising has been in project-oriented work and/or the
The energy and ability to travel
regularly. Flexibility to work weekends, early mornings and
evenings at various campus special events.
Computer literacy (Microsoft Office
Suite, Google Suite, internet, email, scheduling, and database
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