Reporting to the Director of Development (DOD), the Director of the Annual Fund is a senior member of the Advancement and Alumni Relations department. Primary responsibilities are to lead the Mercersburg Annual Fund, support its volunteers and solicit leadership gifts to the Fund.
Set preliminary Mercersburg Annual Fund goals and create execution plan. Monitor and evaluate the annual plan, as well as short- and long-term goals. Provide status reports for internal and external distribution.
Direct all staff activity relating to the Mercersburg Annual Fund.
Develop direct mail, social media and digital solicitation plans.
Secure annual gifts through personal solicitation and pledge fulfillment outreach.
Assign potential donors to appropriate staff and volunteer solicitors.
Lead solicitation and outreach efforts for the William Mann Irvine Society (WMIS), the school’s annual leadership giving society.
Provide direction and assistance for special programs such as phonathons, reunions, senior class gift, Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), German Society of Friends, etc.
Recruit, train, and support volunteers who demonstrate the interest, ability and commitment to advance the Mercersburg Annual Fund including; White Key parents, the Giving Committee of the Alumni Council, Class Agents, and Reunion Chairs.
With support, create all marketing materials, appeal letters, online solicitations, pledge reminders, acknowledgment letters, etc.
Implement appropriate donor recognition programs for young alumni and leadership donors to the Mercersburg Annual Fund.
Write for school publications to promote the Advancement priorities.
Support activities, initiatives and events sponsored by the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A disciplined, results-oriented, self-starter, demonstrating initiative and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Persuasive communication skills in writing, in-person, and over the telephone.
Outstanding listening and analytical skills.
Strong presentation skills with the ability to be knowledgeable and articulate in stating Mercersburg Academy’s mission and vision, and the case for support of its priorities.
Ability to appropriately manage highly-confidential information.
A creative, good-natured member of a team with demonstrated collaborative and pro-active manners.
Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail.
Five years of demonstrated success as a program manager and fundraiser. Transferable experiences will be considered but preference will be given to candidates whose success in fundraising has been in project-oriented work and/or the education community.
The energy and ability to travel regularly. Flexibility to work weekends, early mornings and evenings at various campus special events.
At Mercersburg Academy, learning is rich, purposeful, and life changing.An independent college-preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania, the Academy offers a rigorous academic program to 430 boarding and day students from 30 states and 34 nations. In small classes, students and faculty work eye to eye and mind to mind, as they deepen their understanding of their subjects—and of themselves.... Outside the classroom, students immerse themselves in theater, sports, music, competitions, and camaraderie. They develop deep friendships with students from next door and from across the world. They explore new concepts and push past their limits. Mercersburg is a place of transformation. Students transform themselves—as they prepare to transform their world.Mercersburg graduates go on to the nation’s top colleges and universities. Our alumni include Rhodes scholars, Olympians, and a Nobel laureate. And it’s no wonder—at Mercersburg, students learn to be stronger, more fulfilled, more aware, more alive.