Bishop’s Director of Annual Giving works collaboratively with
Bishop’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), Director of Alumni
Relations and other peer directors. This position is responsible
for planning, and growing The Bishop’s School Annual Fund, the
School’s annual giving campaign, and executing plans to grow the
Annual Fund. This position is responsible for creating
engaging strategies for all of the School’s constituencies
including but not limited to alumni, parents, past parents, faculty
and staff, grandparents, and friends. The Director collaborates
with the Advancement team and peers on campus to increase annual
giving revenue, broaden the base of support, retain and upgrade
donors through appropriate stewardship, and strengthen the major
gift pipeline. The position co-supervises the Annual Giving and
Family Relations Coordinator and provides guidance and support to
the Annual Fund’s more than 100 volunteers.
Anticipated Base Compensation Depending on Experience: $95,000 -
$110,000 per annum
Minimum of bachelor’s degree, three (3) or more years of
experience in advancement work and at least one (1) year of
experience in annual giving or equivalent combination of education
and experience required. Demonstrated commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion. Professional attire and presentation
are required. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and greater
fundraising best practices strongly preferred. Direct experience in
annual giving fundraising logistics preferred. Must be available
for occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.
Skills & Abilities:
- Dedicated work ethic - proactive, responsible, reliable and
attentive to deadlines.
- Experience in conducting campaigns and demonstrated success in
securing top-level gifts.
- Motivated, highly organized, and a self-directed individual who
can effectively multitask and handle a variety of matters
independently in a professional, trustworthy and mature manner with
tact, diplomacy, and appropriate judgment.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
- Strategic thinker.
- Commitment to maintaining strict confidentiality in daily
dealings with hyper-sensitive constituent information.
- Ability to actively collaborate with all School constituencies
and team members.
- Intermediate to high proficiency with Google Workspace and
Microsoft Office, and willingness to become proficient in new
programs, learning management systems, collaboration and
productivity apps as needed.
- Working knowledge of specialized software and online programs
(i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Blackbaud-Raiser’s
Edge, Constant Contact and social networking programs).
- Extensive knowledge of specialized prospect research and wealth
- Embrace the special needs and requirements associated with an
academic calendar and schedule which may necessitate fluctuations
in workdays and hours.
- Strong advocate of the School’s mission and school values of
integrity, compassion, inclusion, intellect, excellence and
Essential Functions and Specific Duties:
- Works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to
develop and position annual giving goals and priorities consistent
with the School’s operating needs.
- Works collaboratively with the CAO, Director of Parent &
Family Relations, and Director of Alumni Relations to achieve
aspirational goals for The Bishop’s Annual Fund, while developing
strong solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs for key
- Designs and manages an integrated, multi-channel strategy that
engages donors, broadens participation, strengthens donor
relationships, and ultimately builds the School’s culture of
- Enhances the annual giving team’s use of digital strategies,
technologies (texting platforms, social fundraising pages, etc.),
and micro-campaigns to create a personal and positive experience
for donors and broaden annual giving participation.
- Uses data and analytics to monitor annual giving progress,
identify opportunities, report on results, and learn from what the
- Oversees a strategy to grow the number of 1909 Founder’s
Society ($2,500 or more) leadership annual fund donors ($10,000 or
more) and alumni donors by acquiring, retaining, and upgrading
- Benchmarks and continually improves the health of annual giving
programs and strategies, identifying opportunities to improve and
areas of strength to build upon.
- Effectively communicates with both School and volunteer
leadership (including the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board of
Trustees, Advancement Committee, and Annual Giving Co-Chairs)
regarding strategies and progress.
- Works closely with the Alumni engagement team and volunteer
leadership to develop strategy for and carry out the objectives of
the alumni giving campaign, with special emphasis upon increasing
Young Alumni giving.
- Supports regional and reunion-based fundraising programs in
close collaboration with the Director of Alumni Relations. Helps
determine overall Reunion Giving strategy, helps recruit volunteer
leadership, and supports class progress as needed to ensure Reunion
financial goals are met.
- Partners with the CAO in working closely with the Advancement
Committee to set goals for and engage trustees.
- Partners with prospect managers to ensure that communications
and interactions help meet annual giving goals and move donor
- Leads annual giving stewardship initiatives including design
and stewardship strategies that communicate the impact of The
Bishop’s Annual Fund and increase donor retention.
- Oversees and the Annual Giving budget.
- Collaborates with Marketing & Communications to ensure the
School’s brand and overall marketing and communications strategy is
used consistently and effectively and fosters a culture of
- Remains conversant with the full range of Bishop’s
philanthropic priorities, including future campaigns.
- Stays abreast of annual giving best practices, industry trends,
and emerging technologies.
- Cultivates a professional network of colleagues at other
institutions to serve as a resource for new ideas.
- Attends alumni and parent events, Advancement Committee
meetings, and schoolwide functions as needed to connect with
- Uphold the School’s Core Values.
- Demonstrate professionalism, tact and an unwavering positive
- Stay up to date on industry standards, trends, developments and
- Make timely and ethical decisions both systematically and under
- Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work area.
- Perform, with a team approach, other duties as assigned.
The Bishop's School is an equal opportunity employer. We are a
diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people
of the San Diego area and the United States at large. We aim to
align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color,
religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or
expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national
origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status
or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or
federal laws. The Bishop's School takes affirmative action in
support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified