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Assistant Director, Alumnae Relations & Annual Fund, Advancement - Crofton House School

Vancouver, BC

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Assistant Director, Alumnae Relations & Annual Fund, Advancement

Crofton House School is a university preparatory day school for girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Set on a beautiful ten-acre campus in Vancouver, we offer an inclusive, supportive community of dedicated teachers, involved parents, and enthusiastic students. Collaborative, student-centred, inquiry-based education and modern facilities create a unique learning environment where each girl can reach her full potential.

At Crofton House School, we inspire girls to discover and pursue their personal excellence from the first day of Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond. Led by our belief in the power of all-girls’ education, Crofton House fosters a strong sense of community among educators, staff, students, and families. Here, everyone can contribute to the strength of our learning environment.

The successful candidate would join a forward thinking organization that has been working to advance itself since 1898. We recently completed construction on the Campus Master Plan — an $80 million capital development program that created a modern learning environment. It is one example of Crofton House School’s strong, committed, and generous community.

The Advancement Department continues to play a key role in building a strong culture of philanthropy at the School. Fundraising at Crofton House is done by connecting with our community through an inclusive and donor-centered approach. Each action, initiative, and event aims to strengthen a common set of values, relationships, and to reflect the School’s culture. We see Advancement ultimately as an attitude and an ambition that drives our desire to grow and improve.

Crofton House is seeking an Assistant Director, Alumnae Relations and Annual Fund to join the Advancement team at this exciting time in the School’s history.

In the fall of 2021 the School will undertake a review of its strategic plan, Beyond Buildings: Extraordinary Possibilities: 2015–2025 to ensure the community is ready to meet new challenges and seize new opportunities. Simultaneously, the Alumnae Association is working on its strategic planning process with the intent to explore new and meaningful ways to engage alumnae and better contribute to our community.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in building alumnae/i programs while creating meaningful connections and advancing a culture of giving. He/she is passionate about education and understands the particular value of girls’ schools. An effective and persuasive storyteller, he/she enjoys engaging with potential donors and looks forward to sharing the rich history of Crofton House School and its culture of giving.

The Assistant Director Alumnae Relations and Annual Fund will bring professionalism and strong stewardship skills, combined with a demonstrated ability to critically analyze opportunities and work independently toward a long-term vision, as well as experience in managing small teams.

This position would play a key role in building a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the School and community.

This position is scheduled to start in September 2021.

Responsibilities:

  • The Assistant Director, Alumnae Relations and Annual Fund reports to the Director, Advancement. His/her primary responsibilities will include but are not restricted to:
  • Developing, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive Crofton House School Alumnae Program, and more specifically:
  • Develop strategies to engage meaningfully with 5,000+ alumnae through events, reunions, and special volunteering opportunities.
  • Increase alumnae participation in the School’s fundraising initiatives and particularly the CHS Financial Assistance Program.
  • Evaluate existing alumnae initiatives and propose changes or improvements.
  • Implement a robust communication & marketing plan to support the CHS Alumnae Program.
  • Collaborate with Director, Advancement and members of the School and the Advancement team to enhance alumnae engagement, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Oversee and work closely with the Advancement Coordinator – Young Alumnae Relation Officer in developing a comprehensive action plan to promote awareness among Senior School students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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

  • Personally solicit and steward an assigned pool of donors (current families and any alumnae included in the mailing).
  • Coordinate and manage projects within the Annual Fund including printed materials and the marketing and communications campaign.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Advancement.

The Assistant Director Alumnae Relations and Annual Fund will also be responsible for supervising and evaluating the Advancement Coordinator and will have shared supervision of the Advancement Officer.

Benefits:

Crofton House School offers a competitive benefits and compensation package. Connect with us today to for details.

Salary Range:
$0 - $0

Job Requirements

Requirements:

  • Degree or diploma from a recognized institute.
  • A minimum of 6 years of fundraising experience (4 in a senior position) or a combination of related experiences.
  • A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices.
  • Willingness to be part of a collaborative environment and work closely with colleagues, alumnae, and parents.
  • Significant experience in successfully building and executing alumnae/alumni programs.
  • Robust knowledge and experience in annual fundraising programs, special events, and donor relations.
  • Solid understanding of the fundraising cycle.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to inspire trust and confidence.
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, flexible, creative and reflective especially when facing challenges.
  • Proven commitment to ongoing professional learning.
  • Experience in managing and supporting the development of staff.
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Understanding of independent school culture an asset.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.

How To Apply

We kindly request that you do not apply online through our CHS careers site.

Please contact Mariya Yurukova mariya@gerardsearch.com for more information.