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Director of Development and Alumni Relations, School for Children

  • Department: Development and External Relations Office
  • Start Date: Jul 01, 2014
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Director of Development and Alumni Relations, School for Children

Reports to: Dean, Children’s Programs and Vice President, Development & External Relations

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Children’s Programs will design and implement an overall development and alumni relations plan that reflects and achieves the goals of the Bank Street School for Children’s strategic initiatives. The plan will include a strategy to generate support from all constituencies for the School for Children (SFC) Annual Fund, including annual benefit events, and reunion class giving. As a senior staff member of the College’s Development and External Relations office, the Director will participate in developing and coordinating major gifts programs for the School for Children.

Responsibilities include:

1. Design and implement the SFC Annual Fund campaign. Prepare annual plan of operation for systematic annual giving with quantifiable goals, responsibilities, evaluation measures, and completion dates.
      a. Advance and grow parent donor campaign through personalized fundraising
      b. Advance and grow alumni, alumni parent, grandparent, faculty/staff, and friends as donors to SFC and Family Center.
      c. Work closely with development volunteer leadership and committee members.
2. Maintain and cultivate productive relationships with current donors, volunteers, staff colleagues, and Board members.
3. Foster growth in the participation of the SFC’s alumni in all aspects of the School’s program, including its development efforts
4. Support and staff the SFC Development Committee and SFC Alumni Advisory Committee.
5. Prepare presentations and solicitation strategies as needed.
6. Compile and appropriately distribute reports, and schedules to keep key staff and volunteers informed of progress vs. goals
7. Design and produce all Annual Fund materials, including website content for information and marketing
8. Working closely with volunteers, oversee special fundraising events and supervise event planning for Alumni Reunions, and cultivation events
9. Write and edit fundraising documents including letters and proposals, copy for fundraising print and website communications tools, and oversee the production of the annual school magazine, SFC Network, and the annual SFC Report of Annual Giving
10. Serve as a member of the SFC Leadership Committee, chaired by the Dean
11. Work to develop a culture of philanthropy at the School, fostering good will with constituents, cultivating connections with the school community, and developing new relations with those outside the School
12. Other duties as assigned


• BA required, MA preferred.
• At least 5 years of increasing development experience and responsibility, especially with annual giving, major gifts, and fundraising benefit events
• Ability to excel both as a frontline fundraiser and program manager.
• Independent school experience preferred.
• Experience with strategic planning.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel required; comfort with technology, especially with Raiser’s Edge, or similar relational database.
• Excellent writing and communications skills.
• The ideal candidate must have a commitment to the educational mission of Bank Street and the School for Children, an exemplary work ethic, the ability to work as a member of a team, and consistent follow through. A "people person" who works effectively with volunteers and colleagues
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, or disability in its employment policies and other college administered programs.