Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

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Marin Country Day School

Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

Full time: 100%, Exempt

Reports to the Director of Development


Marin Country Day School is looking for a development team member with excellent social skills, who displays strong cultural competence, is flexible, positive, adaptable, adept at customer service, maintains calm under pressure, and is an excellent team player. Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of three years of work experience, excellent verbal and written communication skills, high attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic office and school environment. Experience with children, parents, volunteers and independent school culture is a bonus.

About Marin Country Day School

MCDS School is an independent, K-8, co-educational day school enrolling approximately 590 students from across the Bay area, drawing equally from San Francisco and Marin. Our mission states:

Our school is a community that

Inspires children to develop a love of learning, thoughtful perspectives and a diversity of skills;

Nurtures in each of them a deep sense of respect, responsibility and compassion; and

Challenges them to envision and to work toward a better world.

We actively seek diversity in our administration, faculty and student body. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, and learning style. As our Statement of Community and Inclusion indicates, “Ours is a Community that would be uncomfortable without diversity and, therefore, has been intentional about creating and nurturing a diverse group of adults and children who share the core values of respect, responsibility and compassion.”

At MCDS, every employee is integral in creating a learning community in which all seek to improve as practitioners, learners and team members, and we support our outstanding faculty and professional staff through our strong professional development program.

Annual Giving Principal Responsibilities:

Develops overall strategy and interface with major campaigns and major gift efforts. For each constituent annual fund, develops goals and strategies, oversees development of design concept and develops content of solicitation brochures and manages their production. Drafts solicitation letters, e-mail communications to community, individual follow-up letters, etc.

Manages all aspects of the Annual Fund for current parents, grandparents, and friends/former parents to maximize dollars and participation, including:

  • Establishes targets and strategically assigns calls
  • Solicit specific Annual Fund gifts
  • Supervises production of support materials for committee; organizes kickoff events
  • Analyzes data to develop monthly Annual Fund reports for Board
  • Produces solicitation materials, drafts solicitation and acknowledgment letters
  • Oversees Database Manager in gift/pledge processing, acknowledgment functions, and pledge reminder execution
  • Prepares speakers, materials and agendas for MCDS 101
  • Recruits and manages volunteer solicitors and plans committee recognition


Conducts annual Faculty/Staff Fund with faculty and staff representatives to maximize participation.


Alumni Relations Principal Responsibilities:

Plans and manages all alumni cultivation events, including 8th Grade breakfast, Tim Hall concert, reunion activities (both local and elsewhere).

Manages and grows our Alumni participation in Annual Giving, plus identifies and develops cultivation strategies for alumni capable of leadership support.

Defines and helps implement ways of involving alumni in the life of the school with the goal of increasing alumni visibility and direct contact with students and teachers.

Develops an overall strategy for alumni communications with the Director of Communications. Produces web content (e.g. mcdsdoxseries, profiles for the Kite).  Partners with the Database Manager and Event support to create a social media presence for alumni (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin)

Designs and updates a rolling three-year Alumni Strategic Plan with the Director of Development.

Manages former Faculty Ambassador volunteers, providing direction to deepen the connection with our alumni

Helps maintain and collect archival materials and photos for historical use.

Oversees day-to-day activities of Alumni Office including correspondence and inquiries


General Development Responsibilities:

Conducts prospect research activities in conjunction with annual giving, campaign, and restricted gifts initiatives.

Serve on Board of Trustees Committees as assigned.

Participates in such other Development Office activities as goal setting, calendar planning, volunteer identification and development, donor relations, cultivation and stewardship activities, proof-reading, database updates, etc.

Collaborate with the Director of Development on producing the Annual Report, including proofreading and brochure design.

Assisting with fundraising and cultivation events, as needed.

Educates self on the philosophy and programs of the school; stays informed regarding regulations and legislation regarding fundraising and reporting standards.


Job Requirements:

Experience working in a Development office

Experience with databases, PC & Mac operating systems, Google Docs, Gmail, Microsoft Office programs

Satisfactory TB risk assessment

Clear Criminal History Background Check

Must be available some evenings and weekends


Essential Functions:

Understands and supports the MCDS mission and philosophy

Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities

Displays knowledge of and administers school policies, procedures and practices

Maintains confidentiality of student, family and personal information

Develops relationships with current and prospective MCDS families



Robust professional development program

Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group called Fusion

Active SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) group

Strong and supportive professional community with a growth mindset

MCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. Compensation is competitive.




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