Manager, Annual Giving, Advancement

Manager, Annual Giving, Advancement

Manager, Annual Giving, Advancement

Full-time, Continuing Contract

Crofton House School offers a girl-centred learning environment for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Here, students are motivated to strive for their best selves, embracing academic challenges and diverse experiences, guided by staff who know them and believe in them.

Bound by our belief in the power of girl-centred education, Crofton House School fosters a strong sense of community among educators, staff, students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and families. Here, everyone can contribute to the strength of our school– including you. 

We offer extensive professional development opportunities, competitive compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package. Our 10-acre campus provides modern facilities, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces and a daily connection to nature. 

This is an exciting time to be joining Crofton House and its Advancement Department. In early 2023, the School launched its new strategic plan, Thriving in Possibility, coinciding with its 125th anniversary. This plan articulates the CHS identity and sets out the School’s commitment to belonging, agility, and responsibility. The School and Board are now finalizing an Advancement plan to support the School’s strategic priorities. 

The Annual Giving Manager reports to the Director of Advancement and will focus on building a year-round fundraising plan to grow the CHS Annual Fund and Annual Golf Classic Tournament.  They will engage parents, past parents, and alumnae through an intentional and meaningful stewardship plan while working collaboratively with the rest of the Advancement team. Through various means, they will identify, cultivate, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors, seeking and securing gifts for the Annual Fund and the Annual Golf Classic.

The successful candidate will have significant experience building fundraising programs while creating meaningful connections across the organization. They are passionate about education in general and understand the particular value of an independent school community. An effective and passionate communicator, collaborative by nature, they enjoy engaging in a personal and thoughtful way with donors and Crofton House School community members. 

They will bring professionalism and strong stewardship skills, combined with a demonstrated ability to create opportunities for collaboration while working independently toward a long-term vision.

The School’s aspiration is to grow this position to the Assistant Director level, with the possibility of including a more direct involvement around community engagement. The School is currently engaged in a review of its community partnerships which includes the role that Advancement plays in them.

This role has the opportunity to participate in our flexible working hours program. 

Responsibilities:

Annual Fund 

The Manager will work collaboratively with the Director of Advancement, in managing and implementing fundraising strategies to grow the Annual Fund Program, and more specifically:

Solicit and steward donors included in the annual fund mailing
Coordinate and manage projects within the Annual Fund including the printed materials and the marketing and communications campaign in support of this initiative
Create and manage a calendar/schedule of multidimensional appeals that leverage a variety of media
Contribute content to Advancement publications and social media platforms as needed
Work with the Director, Advancement, to develop and implement a student philanthropy program aimed at creating class funds
Attend on-campus and off-campus events, as appropriate
Assess the program at the end of each year and lead annual planning
Facilitate community involvement and support from former parents and grandparents helping them to remain connected to the school community and eventually securing philanthropic support

Golf Tournament 

This widely attended fundraising event, celebrating its 26th year, has consistently generated funds to support capital campaigns (totaling $2 million), the Financial Assistance Program (amounting to $1 million), and more recently, the CHS Athletics Program (contributing $500,000 toward a $1 million pledge). Objectives are set following the School’s Strategic Plan and are endorsed by prior Board approval.

During their first year, the Manager will be responsible for procuring, overseeing, and nurturing third-party sponsorships with the objective of achieving an annual fundraising target of at least $100,000. They will also manage the production of all sponsorship signs. They will attend all committee meetings and collaborate with the rest of the Advancement team while learning the structure and dynamics of this event. 

In their second year, the Manager will hold the responsibility of overseeing the organization of this signature event and more specifically: 

Recruit, train, and oversee the Golf Committee team and all sub-committee (Silent and Sponsorship) volunteers to ensure:
Committee members are engaged, motivated, and possess the necessary skills to contribute to the success of the event
A well-established succession plan is in place to facilitate the identification of new Committee members as needed
Periodically consult with Committee members on their role to see how they are doing and help them optimize their contribution and involvement
Guarantee the smooth execution of the tournament on the scheduled day, as well as the effective management of all post-event activities and subsequent follow-up actions 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Experience

3+ years of relevant experience in an advancement/development role
Willingness to be part of a collaborative environment and work closely with colleagues and parents 
A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices, and respect for the confidentiality of donor information 
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
Capable of simplifying complex matters and identifying priorities
Diplomatic and tactful with an ability to read each situation and use sound judgment
Direct experience managing volunteers
Ability to articulate the benefits of an all-girls education
Ability to adapt to new and changing situations and challenges
Commitment to continued professional learning and development
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software 

Employment and Application Details: 

Recruitment for this role is being managed by Gerard Search. For further information and to submit an application, please visit their careers page.

A cover letter and current resume that outlines the exact dates of employment, the organization, job title, and responsibilities. Please clearly identify your educational background and history of professional development related to this position.

Please note that applicants must be able to legally work in Canada and hold a valid Criminal Record Check throughout their employment. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.  

Compensation: $77,000 – $100,000.

This role is scheduled to start immediately.

To apply for this job please visit www.croftonhouse.ca.

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