Annual Giving, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Job Description Fontbonne is seeking a dynamic, full-time Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy to report to Fontbonne’s Executive Director, and work with an Advancement Office team of three other staff, including the Director of Communications, to continue to build a best practices Advancement program and grow philanthropic support for Fontbonne. The Advancement team is seeking to raise $1.5M in the current fiscal year, which will provide critical tuition support to our students and their families.
The Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy is an exempt position responsible for meeting an annual revenue goal, as part of this overall team goal. The revenue goal will be met by developing and managing initiatives to best engage alumnae and parents, including a small portfolio of major givers, to raise funds to support Fontbonne, while also ensuring that donors find meaning in and gratitude for their giving.
The Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy will get to know Fontbonne well, and help to shape the strategies, messaging, communications, relationship development, and cultivation and fundraising events that will expand the base of philanthropy on which Fontbonne relies.
Responsibilities The Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy is responsible for:
Alumnae Engagement and Giving:
Structure and implement new initiatives in support of engaging alumnae and growing alumnae giving approximately 50% a year. This includes:
developing a volunteer leadership network;
creating new formats for class giving initiatives, including reunion and reunion giving;
engaging in robust outreach to and communication with alumnae; connecting alumnae with the school and their peers
Work with the Executive Director to:
develop and grow an alumnae major gifts portfolio and related recognition
develop and steward deep relationships with multiple touchpoints a year with a small group of major gifts donors and prospects
implement a planned giving program
Parent Engagement and Fundraising
Develop and grow a Parents’ Fund, developing a culture of philanthropy amongst the current/past parent community
In collaboration with the Events and Community Engagement manager, plan and implement parent/past parent cultivation and fundraising events; and ensure stewardship
Data Quality and Advancement Reporting
Advancement best practices are built on solid data, and relevant reports that drive action and clearly report results. The Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy will become fluent in the Fontbonne Advancement database; ensure data quality; and oversee and produce reports as needed and requested
Fontbonne has a small, entrepreneurial Advancement Team, and collaboration is essential to meeting Advancement goals. Thus, the Director of Alumnae Engagement and Philanthropy has collaborative responsibility for campaign development and execution; communication with donor communities; cultivation and fundraising events; and corporate and foundation partnerships.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree with five years minimum experience in development or closely related field
Knowledge of principles and best practices of fundraising in academic settings; experience fundraising in a school setting a plus
Proven track record of raising 5 and 6 figure gifts
Wealth screening experience a plus
Microsoft Access familiarity a plus
Skills and Abilities It is critical that the Director has an entrepreneurial, growth-oriented and goal-oriented mindset; thinks and communicates strategically; is highly organized; and has excellent written and verbal communication and relationship skills. The Director must also possess excellent data analysis and database management skills; and the ability to work cooperatively and in a team spirit across all constituencies. Project management skills as well as excellent organizational and time management skills with strong attention to detail are necessary. The Director must understand and accept the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the philosophy and mission of Fontbonne Academy and the Employee Handbook, and have a passion for fundraising in an all girls school community. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite and CRM Software is needed as well as flexibility to work evenings, weekends and moderate travel as needed.
Additional Salary Information: performance incentive included in contract
About Fontbonne The Early College of Boston
Fontbonne, The Early College of Boston, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is a private, Catholic 9th - 12th grade high school enrolling on average 250 students from 32 different towns and cities, representing young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic and racial groups. Fontbonne is independently incorporated as a 501c3 and overseen by a Board of Trustees that is responsible for governance, fiscal well-being, and the implementation of the mission.
For 66 years Fontbonne has been educating girls so that they may grow into women of strong moral character, grounded in Catholic social justice teachings, and who live by the Gospel values of respect, responsibility, reconciliation and reverence. Fontbonne provides a learning community that is committed to nurturing our students in scholarship and service; guiding and empowering them as they learn to use their voice and grow into future leaders.
College admission statistics are impressive with 100% of seniors accepted to four year colleges, including those in the top 10% of U.S. colleges and universities; such prestigious institutions as Wellesley, Harvard, Stanford and Amherst. In 2019, Fontbonne rebr...anded as the Early College of Boston, offering students opportunities to earn college credits from Regis College. We are currently building out various mentoring and internship programs for students as well. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Fontbonne has received accolades for our Distance Learning models.