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Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade

serving over 450 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe that by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways, we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at


Children’s Day School is committed to the work required to create more equitable and inclusive systems and environments so that all members of our community can thrive and belong.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about the mission of the school and will enthusiastically continue to build community and a culture of philanthropy.


The Annual Fund and Events Manager oversees the day-to-day aspects of the Annual Fund, including all fundraising, cultivation and recognition activities. The Annual Fund and Events Manager manages the annual fundraiser and other special 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.


Primary Responsibilities Include:

Manage the Annual Fund

Assist in design and implementation of a comprehensive Annual Giving campaign (identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship) with targeted solicitations and activities to strengthen the school’s fundraising program. In the current school year, the Annual Fund raised over $1.2 million in revenue.
Work with the Director of Advancement to recruit, train, motivate and manage volunteer leadership to accomplish annual fund fundraising goals. Activities can include multi-letter direct mail campaigns, communications, as well as individual outreach.
Work with the Advancement Associate to ensure that gift are entered into the database, and donor acknowledgement research prospects to determine appropriate appeals; work with the Director of Advancement to identify major donor prospects and collaborate on solicitation strategies
Set communications schedule and maintain website presence
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
Produce annual giving brochures, publications and communications; oversee content for the Annual Report and regularly update website content for the Annual Fund section.
Create ongoing reports as needed to track fundraising efforts
Manage special events

Organize special events on behalf of the Advancement Department such as the school’s annual benefit and community celebration ( raises over $350,000 for our sliding scale tuition program), Annual Fund Leadership Dinner, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Volunteer Appreciation, Country Fair and other events as needed.
Recruit, train, motivate and manage volunteer leadership to accomplish fundraising goals for the auction.
Manage all donation tracking and reports for the auction.
Manage online the auction using software like Max Giving

Nurture the school’s young alumni program within the greater development efforts of the school
Manage a year-round program of events and activities directed at alumni and their close-knit parent community to increase the connection, involvement and knowledge of the school.
Maintain alumni website and alumni social media
Establish and build relationships with alumni students and parents
Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years professional experience developing and directing comprehensive annual fund programs and special events.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Outstanding organizational skills; initiate and complete multiple tasks on time with competing priorities and deadlines.
Demonstrated talent for recruiting, managing and inspiring volunteers.
Strong 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.
Discretion in handling confidential information.
Knowledge of donor database software such as Blackbaud (Raiser’s Edge NXT) and experience in an independent school preferred.

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.


Core Dispositions of a CDS Employee


Curiosity and Open-Mindedness – I am curious about teaching and learning, open to new ideas and approaches, and learning from my community
Resilience and Persistence – I know who I am, am comfortable making mistakes, and am willing to engage in productive struggle to achieve my professional goals and meet the needs of the school.
Emotional/Social Intelligence – I demonstrate empathy, listen, model respect, and take responsibility for my impact on learners, families, and colleagues.
Cultural / Intellectual Humility, Reflection, and Responsiveness – I know that my perspective is one of many and engage in ongoing learning to unpack systems of power and privilege, broaden my worldview and build my skills for having courageous conversations.
Advocacy/Activism/Civic Engagement – I engage actively in the learning community by contributing my time and skills to support school wide initiatives that support program innovation, community wellbeing, and learning.  I am an advocate for my families, colleagues, and self, noticing and acting when injustice is present, and reflecting on my own practice and biases.
Core skills for the position include:

Research and Inquiry
Critical and Creative Thinking
CDS Employees demonstrate the humility to listen and the resolve to speak up for their colleagues, community, and self.


Clearances Required:

Required Screenings: TB Assessment Clearances: Livescan background check

CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.



Contact Information:

Apply on our website at Include resume, cover letter, names of 3 references
Please do NOT call regarding this position. If we believe you are a match, we will contact you to schedule an interview.


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