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Director of Annual Giving

companyThe Bishop's School
locationLa Jolla, CA 92037, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/7/2023

Summary Description: 

Bishop’s Director of Annual Giving works collaboratively withBishop’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), Director of AlumniRelations and other peer directors. This position is responsiblefor planning, and growing The Bishop’s School Annual Fund, theSchool’s annual giving campaign, and executing plans to grow theAnnual Fund.    This position is responsible for creatingengaging strategies for all of the School’s constituenciesincluding but not limited to alumni, parents, past parents, facultyand staff, grandparents, and friends. The Director collaborateswith the Advancement team and peers on campus to increase annualgiving revenue, broaden the base of support, retain and upgradedonors through appropriate stewardship, and strengthen the majorgift pipeline. The position co-supervises the Annual Giving andFamily Relations Coordinator and provides guidance and support tothe 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 ofexperience in advancement work and at least one (1) year ofexperience in annual giving or equivalent combination of educationand experience required. Demonstrated commitment to diversity,equity, and inclusion.  Professional attire and presentationare required. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and greaterfundraising best practices strongly preferred. Direct experience inannual giving fundraising logistics preferred. Must be availablefor occasional evening and weekend meetings and events.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Dedicated work ethic - proactive, responsible, reliable andattentive to deadlines.
  • Experience in conducting campaigns and demonstrated success insecuring top-level gifts. 
  • Motivated, highly organized, and a self-directed individual whocan effectively multitask and handle a variety of mattersindependently in a professional, trustworthy and mature manner withtact, diplomacy, and appropriate judgment.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Commitment to maintaining strict confidentiality in dailydealings with hyper-sensitive constituent information.
  • Ability to actively collaborate with all School constituenciesand team members.
  • Intermediate to high proficiency with Google Workspace andMicrosoft Office, and willingness to become proficient in newprograms, learning management systems, collaboration andproductivity apps as needed.
  • Working knowledge of specialized software and online programs(i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Blackbaud-Raiser’sEdge, Constant Contact and social networking programs).
  • Extensive knowledge of specialized prospect research and wealthscreening programs
  • Embrace the special needs and requirements associated with anacademic calendar and schedule which may necessitate fluctuationsin workdays and hours.
  • Strong advocate of the School’s mission and school values ofintegrity, compassion, inclusion, intellect, excellence andjustice.

Essential Functions and Specific Duties: 

  • Works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO)  todevelop and position annual giving goals and priorities consistentwith the School’s operating needs.
  • Works collaboratively with the CAO, Director of Parent &Family Relations, and Director of Alumni Relations to achieveaspirational goals for The Bishop’s Annual Fund, while developingstrong solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs for keyconstituencies.
  • Designs and manages an integrated, multi-channel strategy thatengages donors, broadens participation, strengthens donorrelationships, and ultimately builds the School’s culture ofphilanthropy.
  • 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 experiencefor donors and broaden annual giving participation.
  • Uses data and analytics to monitor annual giving progress,identify opportunities, report on results, and learn from what thereports show.
  • Oversees a strategy to grow the number of 1909 Founder’sSociety ($2,500 or more) leadership annual fund donors ($10,000 ormore) and alumni donors by acquiring, retaining, and upgradingdonors.
  • Benchmarks and continually improves the health of annual givingprograms and strategies, identifying opportunities to improve andareas of strength to build upon.
  • Effectively communicates with both School and volunteerleadership (including the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board ofTrustees, Advancement Committee, and Annual Giving Co-Chairs)regarding strategies and progress.
  • Works closely with the Alumni engagement team and volunteerleadership to develop strategy for and carry out the objectives ofthe alumni giving campaign, with special emphasis upon increasingYoung Alumni giving.
  • Supports regional and reunion-based fundraising programs inclose collaboration with the Director of Alumni Relations. Helpsdetermine overall Reunion Giving strategy, helps recruit volunteerleadership, and supports class progress as needed to ensure Reunionfinancial goals are met.
  • Partners with the CAO in working closely with the AdvancementCommittee to set goals for and engage trustees.
  • Partners with prospect managers to ensure that communicationsand interactions help meet annual giving goals and move donorrelationships forward.
  • Leads annual giving stewardship initiatives including designand stewardship strategies that communicate the impact of TheBishop’s Annual Fund and increase donor retention.
  • Oversees and the Annual Giving budget.
  • Collaborates with Marketing & Communications to ensure theSchool’s brand and overall marketing and communications strategy isused consistently and effectively and fosters a culture ofphilanthropy.
  • Remains conversant with the full range of Bishop’sphilanthropic priorities, including future campaigns.
  • Stays abreast of annual giving best practices, industry trends,and emerging technologies.
  • Cultivates a professional network of colleagues at otherinstitutions to serve as a resource for new ideas.
  • Attends alumni and parent events, Advancement Committeemeetings, and schoolwide functions as needed to connect withconstituents.


  • Uphold the School’s Core Values.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, tact and an unwavering positiveattitude.
  • Stay up to date on industry standards, trends, developments andlegal updates.
  • Make timely and ethical decisions both systematically and underpressure.
  • 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 adiverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the peopleof the San Diego area and the United States at large. We aim toalign our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentand will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color,religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity orexpression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, nationalorigin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment statusor any other category protected by applicable local, state, orfederal laws. The Bishop's School takes affirmative action insupport of its policy to employ and advance all qualifiedcandidates.

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