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Annual Fund and Special Events Manager

The Annual Fund and Special Events Manager oversees the day-to-day aspects of the Annual Fund, including all fundraising, cultivation and recognition activities. The Annual Fund and Special Events Manager manages the annual auction and other special projects and events. This full-time, exempt position reports to the Director of Advancement. The successful candidate will have the poise and professionalism to work with a broad range of faculty, students, alumni, parents, grandparents and community members.
Manage the Annual Fund

Design and implement a comprehensive Annual Fund campaign (identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship) with targeted solicitations and activities to strengthen the school’s fundraising program.

Recruit, train, motivate and manage volunteer leadership to accomplish annual fund fundraising goals. Activities can include multi-letter direct mail campaigns, phone-a-thons, digital communications, as well as individual outreach.

Research prospects to determine appropriate appeals.

Coordinate all solicitation efforts, including writing solicitation letters, printing of collateral materials, pledge reminders and organizing volunteer training. 

Coordinate all stewardship efforts, including writing acknowledgment letters, tracking follow-up and organizing the annual Leadership Giving Recognition Dinner.

Produce annual giving brochures, publications and communications; oversee content for the Annual Report and regularly update website content for the Annual Fund section.

Create and send timely gift processing and acknowledgments for the Annual Fund and auction.

Responsible for overseeing the fundraising database (inResonance Generations), including all gift entry, reports and queries for the Annual Fund and special events.

Work with the business office to reconcile financial data.

Manage school fundraisers and other special events
•     Plan and execute Fiesta, the school’s annual benefit and community celebration.

Recruit, train, motivate and manage volunteer leadership to accomplish fundraising goals for Fiesta.

Manage all donation tracking and reports for Fiesta.

Manage online Fiesta auction using software like Maestro web.

Create direct mail solicitation for auction items.

Organize special events on behalf of the Advancement Department such as the Annual Fund Leadership Dinner, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Volunteer Appreciation and other events as needed.

 Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years professional experience developing and directing comprehensive annual fund programs and/or alumni relations programs.

Significant experience in event planning.

Thorough knowledge of fundraising strategies in education.

Proven ability to meet ambitious goals.

Outstanding organizational skills; initiate and complete multiple tasks on time with competing priorities and deadlines.

Demonstrated talent for recruiting, managing and inspiring volunteers.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and judgment to represent CDS both within and outside the school; develop and maintain effective relationships with donors, prospects and the CDS community.

Ability to write and speak persuasively; excellent written and oral communication skills.

Impeccable attention to detail.

Proven ability to work well within a team and independently.

Excellent telephone and computer skills.

Discretion in handling confidential information.

Knowledge of donor database software and experience in an independent school preferred.

 Special Requirements

Some nights and weekends may be required.

Ability to type and sit for long periods; ability to listen and transcribe notes.

Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds.

Valid California Driver’s License.

Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental and vision insurance and a retirement plan.
CDS is an equal opportunity employer.
 Contact Information
Send resume and cover letter via email to Kasi Campbell at 

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