Title: Director of Annual Giving
Supervisor: Director of Advancement
Status: Full-time, Exempt, 12-month
Founded in 1784, Moses Brown School has been a leader in
education for over 235 years. We have a proven tradition of
academic excellence, a commitment to great teaching, and a
dedication to fostering character and confidence in young people.
Our stunning 33-acre campus—formerly the farm of 18th-century
Quaker abolitionist leader Moses Brown—provides expansive academic,
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independent, we all share the same essential mission: to nurture
and celebrate each child’s special gifts, talents, and
identities—what Quakers refer to as their Inner Light. Rooted in
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At Moses Brown School,100 faculty members serve nearly 800
students ages 3-18, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. We
offer a rigorous academic program, and highly motivated Upper
School students can also choose from among dozens of AP and honors
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musical and performance groups across the school, 50 clubs and
activities, and 63 athletic teams competing in 17 different sports.
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Our diverse community is strong enough to hold hundreds of
brilliant, unique, independent-minded people. With $7 million
awarded annually in need-based financial aid, Moses Brown partners
with many families to make a shared investment in bright, caring,
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reflects the demographics of our drawing area. Ours is an education
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The Director of Annual Giving is charged with building a
comprehensive annual giving program that engages and inspires
annual philanthropic support from families, alumni, and other Moses
Brown constituencies. The Director creates, implements, evaluates,
and refines an annual plan to maximize retention, increase
leadership giving, and enhance a culture of philanthropy across the
Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Annual
Giving will guide the overall strategic, creative, and
organizational direction of the Moses Brown Fund (MB Fund), the
school’s $1.2M+ annual giving effort, across multiple mediums
(print, digital, social, and interpersonal). The Director will
partner with various members of the MB Community to execute their
plan, which should reflect MB’s values as a Quaker school, and will
oversee MB’s gift processing program.
Managing, reporting, and evaluating
the Moses Brown Fund annual plan in order to maximize
contributions, increase leadership giving, and enhance a culture of
philanthropy across the school community.
This position is charged with
reaching a targeted annual giving dollar goal setting and
monitoring progress against those objectives, with a focus on donor
acquisition, retention, and upgrading.
Perform ongoing data analysis and
reporting related to all aspects of the Moses Brown Fund program,
using statistical analysis to evaluate current annual programs and
to make recommendations for program modifications or
Develop inspiring strategies to grow
the leadership donor community, including specialized cultivation
and stewardship programs. Partner with the Director of Leadership
Giving to facilitate growth within the leadership giving area and
identify long-time loyal donors who may be ready for planned gift
Communicate across the Advancement
Office to ensure a smooth understanding of the calendar of appeals
and communications. Share how others can offer support to the Moses
Recruit, train, and support annual
giving volunteers from members of the Board of Trustees to the
1784-Minute Challenge so that volunteers understand their roles and
feel successful in their work.
This position will have one direct
report; the Gift Processing and Data Associate.
Manage a pool of leadership annual
giving prospects and maintain an active schedule of in-person and
Prepare materials with the Gift
Processing and Data Associate for the Director of Advancement to
share with the Development Committee, Head of School, and/or Board
of Trustees around the progress of the Moses Brown Fund.
Evaluate all annual giving activities
and initiatives through an ROI lens.
Share data analysis with the
Advancement team at weekly meetings.
Develop reunion appeals and
fundraising materials in partnership with the Director of Alumni
Programs and the Communications Department.
Pursue professional development
opportunities to remain up to date on best practices in the
industry, and selectively pilot innovative approaches to evaluate
Build effective relationships with
faculty and staff as active member of the school community, and
serve as an ambassador for the impact of giving at Moses Brown
Contribute actively to a creative,
dynamic, collaborative Advancement Team committed to building a
highly effective comprehensive fundraising program for one of the
top independent schools in the region.
And, other duties as assigned,
including but not limited to working school-wide Advancement
related events as requested and needed. This position may require
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
in education and experience.
Experience and Competencies:
At least five years of relevant
experience preferably in education annual giving programs
recognized for their strength and effectiveness, or similar
experience in a non-profit complex environment that emphasizes
broad-based fundraising, donor acquisition, volunteer management,
Demonstrated experience using data to
guide fundraising efforts. Conversant with robust data analytic
skills to guide a comprehensive and intricate fundraising
A sophisticated understanding of
digital communications strategies including social media,
fundraising software, and email-based solicitations, and an
understanding of how they may be used to increase alumni
participation rates and revenue.
Prior experience working with staff
and volunteers, the ability to manage complex relationships, and
proven collaboration and teamwork skills to leverage activities,
initiatives, and programs for multiple purposes.
Demonstrated ability to think and
plan long-term while successfully attending to more immediate goals
and tasks; strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
demonstrated ability to meet multiple simultaneous deadlines and
work in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent oral, written, and
interpersonal communication skills, including superb relationship
skills and the ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds
Must be flexible, have great
attention to detail, show initiative, and have a results-driven
philosophy with the ability to problem-solve.
Proficiency with fundraising/alumni
relations databases and technology.
Familiarity with IRS regulations—as
they relate to philanthropic giving—and accounting and reporting
Willingness to travel and to work
hours outside the normal working day (i.e. nights and
A valid driver’s license is
Compensation is competitive and based on education and number of
years of experience. The school offers its faculty and staff a
competitive package of benefits, including vacation, sick and
personal days, health insurance, and a retirement plan.
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter
that serves as a statement of interest, and the names and contact
information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is very
important that you indicate Director of Annual Giving in the
subject line of the email. Once we have read and discussed
applications, we will be in touch with select candidates to arrange
Moses Brown School is an equal opportunity/affirmative action