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Director of The King Fund

The King School
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Angeletti Group invites nominations and applications for King School’s next Director of the King Fund. The organization seeks a dynamic, mission-driven fundraising professional to oversee its year-round annual giving program.

The Director of the King Fund will report to the Director of Development. In this role the Director will provide strategic leadership to create, execute and evaluate the year-round fundraising program to achieve yearly growth as a key initiative of King School’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. The Director will also establish and manage both short and long-term relationships with prospects with capacity to make outright gifts or pledges of $5,000 or more and develop and implement strategies to establish robust connections with alumni, parents, donors, faculty, staff and other constituents.

The Director will be a development professional of proven experience and exceptional skill, with the ability to inspire and work collaboratively with all community and team members to champion a robust annual giving program. With the recent launch of King’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the school finds itself at an exciting moment in its evolution.
King will strive to be the country’s premier PreK-12 research-driven institution in which students embrace open minds and courageous thinking. The King Fund provides a critical
element of King’s plan, with a FY22 public King Fund goal of $2 million in philanthropic support. The Director will have as their major charge the responsibility to reach or exceed this goal to reach King School’s strategic objectives. An important component of the position will be the ability to be a long-range visionary fundraiser who will personally cultivate and solicit an individual giving portfolio as well as engage organizational and volunteer leadership in ways they can add the greatest value. The Director of the King Fund is a full-time, twelve-month exempt position.

Areas of Emphasis

The Director of the King Fund will provide strategic direction, leadership and daily management.

Perform Development Activities:

  • Oversee the strategic development of a comprehensive fundraising plan and appeal schedule for the King Fund.
  • Set dollar, participation, and qualitative goals for the King Fund.
  • Create and administer the King Fund plan and budget, including generation of department goals and priorities related to the King Fund.
  • Develop and align plans and strategies to fulfill established annual giving fundraising targets, including the senior parent gift program, through the effective implementation and integration of all available solicitation channels, including direct mail, e-mail, social media, web-based/crowdfunding, phone, and personal appeals.
  • Identify and deploy new tools and strategies currently not in use at King to solicit and engender philanthropic support.
  • Work strategically with the development team and board to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects/ donors with the ability to execute leadership-level annual fund gifts.
  • Execute moves management of 100 to 150 prospects within an individual giving portfolio ($5,000-$49,999) to areas such as the King Fund and other budget-relieving areas such as “current use” scholarships.
  • Conduct asks and close solicitations in partnership with board members, and School leaders.
  • Envision and build a team to execute giving events and other concentrated King Fund strategies such as GiveKingTuesday and March Madness.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong mutually rewarding relationships with parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Senior Associate Director of Development or the Director of Development.

Perform Administrative and Public Relations Functions:

  • Create a more robust volunteer recruitment and management system. This includes but is not limited to overseeing overall engagement of the King Fund Leadership Committee including leveraging their outreach and running frequent committee meetings.
  • Keep the Development team, King Fund Leadership Committee, and Board informed with accurate and timely information and assignments regarding the King Fund and other activities and progress against established goals.
  • Prepare analytical reports, target data, comparisons, goal summaries, etc., on an as-needed basis.
  • Liaise with the Marketing and Communications team regarding photos, graphics, design, production, increased marketing opportunities, etc. of all King Fund materials, both physical and electronic. Provide direction and feedback as they interface directly with vendors and potentially mail houses. Ensure current and inspiring King Fund content on King’s website.
  • Provide event support.

Qualifications and Preferences

  • A minimum of 6+ years of a demonstrated track record of progressively responsible experience in annual giving or direct response marketing, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Success in leading an annual fund program with demonstrated year-over-year growth.
  • Experience creating long-range visioning for an annual fund, including creation of ramp-up campaign strategies.
  • Successful completion of one or more comprehensive fundraising campaigns for which the annual fund was a primary component; tangible, measured outcomes of leadership strategy in campaign development and execution.
  • Demonstrated background in volunteer management and in reinventing and reinvigorating a volunteer program to include vastly increased participation, visibility, community status, and metrics.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills: an accomplished writer and “story-teller” skilled at weaving together compelling appeals and solicitations across multiple media, with the ability to work with and communicate effectively across a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the School.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills and a superior attentiveness to detail; high integrity and professionalism, respecting the confidential nature of donor information and the School’s business practices.
  • Bachelors’ degree required.
  • Experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and NXT is a plus.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence; ability to work within, interact with, and incorporate diverse and multiple perspectives from all constituents, including colleagues, trustees, students, families, students and vendors. Ability to negotiate and facilitate a shared understanding and common goals.
  • Ability to work in an environment that reflects King School’s diverse community, including but not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, ability/disability, belief, sexual orientation, and national origin, in alignment with King’s Mission, Virtues, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles.
  • Ability to thrive and be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Must have a positive public presence and a sense of humor.
  • Must be available for evening and weekend work as required.
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