DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING AND PARENT
Santa Catalina School seeks a creative, energetic, dedicated and
results-oriented Director of Annual Giving and Parent Engagement to
join our 8-person Development team. Reporting to the Senior
Director of Development, the Director of Annual Giving and Parent
Engagement is responsible for the leadership, management, and
execution of Catalina’s $1 million annual giving program, including
direct mail, phone and electronic solicitations, annual fund
events, parent fund volunteers, and the 1950 Society, our
leadership giving society. The Director also serves as the school
liaison to the Parent Association, assisting the president,
vice-president and steering committee to further the association’s
activities designed to engage and deepen relationships with current
The Director ensures that the School is achieving its goals for
annual giving (dollars raised, percentage of participation,
consistency of giving, average gift size, and leadership giving for
annual support). The Director will have a strong record in
development work with colleagues, donors and volunteers, and an
authentic passion for annual fundraising.
Embracing the school’s “relationships first” philanthropy
program, s/he will ensure a meaningful and coherent experience for
all members of the school community, focusing especially on donors,
prospective donors, and volunteers. This role brings a tremendous
opportunity to bring new energy and vision to the parent and
alumnae/i giving programs.
- Direct and implement a comprehensive, year-long annual giving
solicitation strategy for alumni, parents, past parents,
grandparents and friends, including direct mail, email, phone,
text, personal visitation, volunteer engagement, and
- Serve as primary staff liaison to the Santa Catalina School
Parent Association, working with parent volunteers to “build
community and conduct activities that enrich the Santa Catalina
School experience for students, parents, faculty, and staff.”
- Develop and implement a written master plan and calendar for
all phases of annual giving, including raising the revenue
necessary to attain established annual fundraising goals and
strategies for long-term annual fund growth.
- Prepare reports and analyses to monitor annual giving revenue,
expenses, and activity, including tracking of donor pledges.
- Manage and expand the 1950 Society.
- Manage the parent annual giving program, including parent fund
solicitations, phonathon volunteers, communications and
- Provide oversight and strategic direction for the reunion
giving program, and work closely with the Director of Alumnae/i
Engagement to execute fundraising strategies around Reunion
- Collaborate with leadership of the lower, middle, and upper
divisions to execute the faculty/staff annual giving campaign.
- Explore and pilot meaningful annual giving and engagement
programs for alumnae/i of Lower and Middle School.
- Implement a young alumni annual giving program in collaboration
with the Director of Alumnae/i Relations.
- Working with colleagues in Communications, prepare innovative
annual fund advertisements for the Santa Catalina alumni magazine,
and ensure annual giving presence in the magazine, on social media
channels, and on Catalina’s website.
- Maintain a portfolio of top annual giving prospects, conducting
personal visits and solicitations.
- Develop a new web page for annual giving featuring profiles of
annual giving constituents, goals achieved to date, annual giving
events, and quick and easy navigation to giving online.
- Plan and execute annual giving events, including 1950 Society
receptions and donor stewardship activities throughout the year and
in conjunction with family weekends and reunion.
- Support the development events team in executing events related
to annual giving, including the annual Celebrate Santa Catalina
benefit and the golf tournament.
- Prepare and submit draft budget(s) recommendations for annual
giving and parent engagement to the Director of Development.
- Attend and report at Development Committee meetings of the
Board of Trustees and offer support at Alumnae Council.
- Organize and direct Parent Association meetings and attend and
support related events.
- Assist Senior Director of Development in engaging sub
committee(s) of the Board’s Development
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Independent school or higher education experience
- 3-5 years of fundraising experience required, including
personal solicitation, volunteer management, and developing
- Strong organizational, project, and time management skills;
strong ability to manage a broad scope of activities and multiple
- Proficiency in MS Office suite, Google applications and
Raiser’s Edge (or equivalent software).
- Demonstrated track record in closing leadership level annual
fund gifts and developing long-term strategy for annual fund
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to interact
appropriately and communicate clearly with a diverse array of
people, including alumni, parents, students, and coworkers.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills including
effective presentation skills both in person and virtually.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Availability for occasional evening or weekend work and
Physical Requirements and Work
- Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time
- Ability to be physically active in order to access various
areas of campus at a moment’s notice and to attend meetings and
other job-related gatherings.
- Work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment requiring
ability to deal with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and
Who We Are
Located on California’s beautiful Monterey peninsula, Santa
Catalina School is an independent, Catholic boarding and day
school. Local boys and girls in grades PreK-8 attend the Lower and
Middle School. The Upper School, grades 9-12, is a girl’s school
with both boarding and day students. Santa Catalina School’s
mission is to develop in each student a striving for excellence, a
maturing awareness of moral and spiritual values, a sense of
responsible purpose, and a determination to serve the world with
courage, grace, and compassion.
Our academic program is committed to a rich liberal arts
experience where students attend classes taught by a highly
trained, dedicated faculty. The cornerstones of the Santa Catalina
mission statement are Excellence, Spirituality, Service, and
Santa Catalina School offers a competitive compensation and
benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage, and
retirement benefits. Salary will be commensurate with the
experience and expertise of the appointed candidate.
Please complete and submit our online employment application by
clicking on this link: www.santacatalina.org/employment
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