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Assistant Director for Annual Fund

Brentwood School
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 16, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Brentwood School, a vibrant and diverse K-12 independent school, is seeking an Assistant Director for Annual Fund to join the advancement team beginning July 2022. Under the supervision of the Director of Giving, they are responsible for all aspects of a successful multi-million-dollar annual fund for current parents, grandparents, and employees. Our new colleague will be a creative collaborator with a talent for building positive relationships and an enthusiasm for fundraising. They will also possess superlative verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail. The Assistant Director for Annual Fund reports to the Director of Giving and works closely with the Assistant Head of School and all members of the advancement team. They also interface with certain board committees to advance the mission and goals of the school, and to optimize philanthropy relative to capacity. 

It is expected that the successful candidate will:

  • Foster a culture of community in the work of advancement
  • Demonstrate sound planning and execution of a successful annual fund
  • Nurture the growth of both participation and dollars raised across constituencies
  • Support programming that strengthens constituents’ connection to the school
  • Model a collaborative approach when working with faculty, staff, and volunteers
  • Become an integral part of the Brentwood School community
  • Have strong skills with Google Suite and Excel, with working knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Possess five+ years of work experience with progressively more responsibility, preferably in the field of advancement

In addition, they should possess the following qualities and attributes:

  • Flexibility and a strong work ethic
  • Confidence as a problem solver
  • A commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Commitment to professional growth and to high professional standards
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A sense of humor, warmth of personality, and energy
  • Unquestionable integrity and discretion
  • Proven ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

The Assistant Director for Annual Fund should:

  • Have a passion for creating meaningful connections between the school and its community members
  • Demonstrate talent for building and communicating a compelling case for support
  • Be highly organized and detail-oriented, with experience in collecting and interpreting data
  • Exhibit a collaborative approach to leadership that produces effective decision making and that reveals a genuine enthusiasm for working with colleagues and volunteers
  • Exhibit impressive responsiveness to requests for support or information
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or above, ideally with previous fundraising experience

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for all aspects of a successful multi-million dollar annual fund for current parents, grandparents, and employees
  • In collaboration with the Director of Giving (DG), the Director of Alumni Engagement (DAE), the Assistant Head of School (AHS), the Advancement Coordinator, and the Communications team, develops annual fund campaign theme and visual identity for all constituencies
  • Provides ongoing and targeted evaluation and analysis to meet goals
  • Staffs a tiered volunteer leadership structure
  • Uses multiple channels in soliciting and stewarding annual fund donors, with a specific focus on a personal and detailed approach
  • Organizes the annual New Family Meetings that educate our newest community members about philanthropy at Brentwood
  • Works with the DG and AHS to orchestrate donor appreciation events
  • Supports the Assistant Head of School in staffing the Advancement Committee.  In collaboration with AHS, DG, DAE, and Advancement Committee Chair, plans, monitors, and manifests the work of the committee
  • Collaborates with DG, DAE, AHS, and Advancement Coordinator to develop and implement a comprehensive program for Grandparents
  • Works with the AHS and DG to review prospect research and create donor strategies in all areas of giving
  • Partners with DG, Constituent Database Manager, and Advancement Coordinator to create and implement data management protocols that optimize gift processing, donor acknowledgement, and stewardship
  • Ensures timely submission of reports to foundations and corporate donors
  • Coordinates fall faculty/staff raffle
  • Works occasional evenings and weekends as needed
  • Engage in professional and personal development and commit to growth in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Participate and initiate opportunities that demonstrate one's growth, knowledge, and skills
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Giving, Assistant Head of School, or the Senior Administrative Team

COVID vaccination and Booster will be required for this position unless candidate has a legally valid exemption.

Brentwood School is dedicated to the creation of a diverse faculty and staff that better represents our student body and the city of Los Angeles. For further information about Brentwood School, please visit the school’s website at

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Alyssa Brakey
Director of Major Gifts
Brentwood School
100 S. Barrington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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