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Alumni Philanthropy Officer

The Bishop's School
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2024

About The Bishop’s School
Founded in 1909 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, The Bishop’s School is an independent, all gender college-preparatory school for 800 students in grades six through twelve located on a historic campus in the heart of La Jolla, just 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. With a student-teacher ratio of approximately 9 to 1, Bishop’s is known for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence while celebrating character development, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Last year’s applicant pool drew from 72 zip codes and 168 middle and high schools throughout San Diego County and beyond. Fifty-one percent of the student population self-identify as students of color. Additionally, over $4 million in need-based grants is awarded annually.

Annualized Compensation: $90,000 - $99,000

Summary Description

The Alumni Philanthropy Officer reports to the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing fundraising initiatives to increase alumni philanthropic support and participation for a network of departmental programs, including but not excluded to class reunions, regional and possible international alumni chapters, and affinity programs. This role involves identifying class reunion prospects for lead gifts, and developing class reunion giving goals, implementing multi-year reunion class giving programs, identifying and soliciting regional alumni, coordinating regional events, visits and fundraising programs, creating fundraising marketing initiatives, analyzing engagement data, and managing a portfolio of 100 - 120 local and regional alumni constituents. The individual will be required to proactively collaborate and foster relationships with a myriad of constituencies across the Bishop’s community and its affiliates.


Essential Functions and Specific Duties

  • Develop, execute, and maintain fundraising initiatives to increase alumni philanthropic support and participation and for alumni engagement programming.
  • Proactively and continuously collaborate with department giving teams, class agents and regional representatives.
  • Identify and foster alumni class representatives to serve as giving ambassadors for annual class reunions.
  • Determine class goals and repeatedly implement multi-year reunion class giving programs.
  • Create and implement challenge/match giving opportunities to encourage participation.
  • Actively manage existing regional alumni chapters and identity and establish new regional programs.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit regional alumni ambassadors to assist with regional giving and engagement programs.
  • Coordinate and manage regional programming and visits to chapters and engage alumni.
  • Develop and manage the alumni component of The Bishop’s Fund Annual October Calling Campaign and other initiatives as needed.
  • Manage a portfolio of 100-120 alumni constituents to increase their philanthropic and participation and engagement with the School. 
  • Conduct prospect discovery to identify and solicit individual donations.
  • Develop and execute fundraising marketing plans for regional, reunion and the October Calling Campaign alumni giving programs.
  • Utilize various communication channels to promote fundraising initiatives and engage alumni.
  • Continuously track and analyze reunion and regional engagement data to measure progress and inform strategy adjustments.
  • Ability to frequently travel locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


An Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred. 
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising and program development. 
  • Experience in class reunion, regional giving programs and campaigns is preferred. 
  • Progressive record of achievement with individual solicitations highly desired.
  • Experience with donor data systems (Raiser's Edge, etc.) and online fundraising tools.
  • Proactive self-starter with a strong results orientation. 
  • Highly motivated and well-organized with a progressive record of achievement. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work well independently and as part of a team. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Local, national, and international travel is required (30-50%)
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends for events and programs.


Core Competencies:

  • Uphold the School’s Core Values.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, tact and an unwavering positive attitude.
  • Stay up to date on industry standards, trends, developments and legal updates.
  • Make timely and ethical decisions both systematically and under pressure.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work area.
  • Perform, with a team approach, other duties as assigned.


Role Specific Competencies:

  • Goal Setting
  • Creative Thinking
  • Relationship Building
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Communication and Listening
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Job Knowledge
  • Productivity
  • Customer Service

Application Deadline

Applications received before June 30, 2024 are preferred. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.  


Please do not contact the school directly. 

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 candidates.

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