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Director of the Parents Fund

Company: Kent School
Location: Kent
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Schedule/travel: Full-time calendar year position. Must be able to work a flexible schedule as needed, including evening/weekend hours. Travel for engagement and cultivation events required.FLSA/Classification: StaffHousing: NoPosition Summary:The Director of the Parents Fund works with the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Development and the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement to develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive program to identify, engage, solicit, and steward parents of current students, parents of alumni, and grandparents. The Director works collaboratively with volunteers, donors, and colleagues in the Alumni & Development Office as well as other departments. This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer.Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan for the Kent Parents Fund working closely with the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Development, the Director of Alumni Giving, and the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement. This includes cultivation outreach, managing a travel schedule, drafting appeals, coordinating print and email solicitations, and managing online giving campaigns.
  • With the help of Advancement Services and Parent Engagement, identify major gift prospects among current parents and parents of alumni.
  • Manage a prospect portfolio of approximately 25 major gift prospects capable of making gifts and/or pledges of $100,000 or more.
  • Complete 3 to 5 face-to-face meetings per month. Travel as needed to meet with parents, with the possibility of international travel.
  • Increase support to the Annual Fund and other School priorities through gifts of $1,906 or more to The 1906 Club, Kent's leadership giving society.
  • Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Donor Relations to manage moves management on parent prospects and donors.
  • Recruit and manage parent volunteers for the Parent's Association (PA) Fundraising Committee.
  • Oversee Senior Parent Gift, including identifying gift initiatives, coordinating mailings, recruiting, and supporting senior parent volunteers.
  • Assist the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement with PA initiatives beyond the Fundraising Committee, including planning events, collaborating with campus partners, developing and managing communications, and family events programming.
  • Attend signature Alumni and Development Events including family events, Reunion Weekend, and regional events.
  • Work closely with Admissions, The Dean's Office, Technology and across all departments to ensure collaboration and accuracy of information and parent data.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer and the Director of Development.Qualifications:
    • A bachelor's degree and 5+ years of development or relevant experience, with a preference for a background at an independent boarding school or higher education.
    • Experience with constituent databases.
    • A proven track record of successful collaboration with both internal and external constituents.
    • Experience driving institutional change through an organization's history through a communicative, collaborative, and inclusive approach.
    • Be fluent with, and committed to, the mission of the School.
    • Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the full range of experience within a development team.
    • Possess a high degree of professional discretion, integrity, good judgment, and high standards of professional conduct.
    • Collaborate actively by soliciting and suggesting new ideas and improving upon the ideas of others.
    • Superior organizational and planning skills that enable the department and School to meet both short and long-term goals.Additional Requirements:
      • Successful completion of post-offer, pre-employment criminal background checks, and drug tests.
      • Work is performed on a smoke free campus.Additional information:The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exclusive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.Kent School is committed to making equal employment opportunities available to all qualified persons. In accordance with federal, state and local laws, we recruit, hire, promote and evaluate all personnel without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, ancestry, citizen status, veteran status, physical or mental handicaps, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by law. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.QualificationsEducationRequiredBachelors or better.ExperienceRequired5 years: Prior experience in Development or relevant experience

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