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Assistant Director, Engagement and the Annual Fund

Located on 200 acres in Southborough, Massachusetts and just 25 miles from Boston, St. Mark's School is a coeducational, college-preparatory school educating students in grades nine through twelve. Since the School's founding in 1865, St. Mark's has educated and prepared young people for lives of leadership and service. A highly motivated team of 70 faculty members leads 375 students through a rigorous curriculum and full program of co-curricular activities.

These students benefit both from the School's vibrant traditions and from its continuing investment in educational innovation, such as the high-impact initiatives outlined in its strategic plan, St. Mark's School: 2020. St. Mark's has a $25 million operating budget and recently completed a $112 million Lives of Consequence comprehensive campaign—the largest in the institution's history.

The School depends on innovative engagement and Annual Fund revenue to ensure that the educational experience for St. Mark's students remains at the exceptional level that defines it.

The Assistant Director, Engagement and the Annual Fund (Assistant Director) reports directly to the Director of Engagement and the Annual Fund (Director) and is a member of the Engagement and the Annual Fund team of the Advancement Office working on behalf of St. Mark's to build engagement, a culture of philanthropy, and an ever-increasing stream of annual, contributed income for the School. Success is measured by meeting quantitative and qualitative goals established by the School, as well as by working constructively and collaboratively with the Engagement and the Annual Fund team, the Advancement Office, and colleagues across campus.

Student and Young Alumni Programming and Engagement: The Assistant Director has primary responsibility to conceive, develop and manage all aspects of a student advancement and giving program and a young alumni engagement and giving program. Additionally, the Assistant Director assumes direct responsibility for student education, giving, and stewardship for giving days and crowdfunding (~20%)

Annual Fund: The Assistant Director serves as project manager for our suite of annual print and electronic appeals as well as reaching out personally to assigned reunion classes and constituencies during key times of the giving cycle. (~20%)

Reunion Classes: Serve as the lead fundraiser for two to three reunion classes by recruiting committee volunteers, training volunteers about the case for unrestricted giving, and conducting personal solicitations. (~20%)

Volunteer Management: Working in partnership with leadership volunteers, the Assistant Director manages a robust class agent program (~150 non-reunion volunteers). They also recruit and support parent volunteer groups (including Advancement and phonathon volunteers) and serve as the primary liaison to organize and staff Advancement’s parent events. (~15%)

Networking and Online Communities: The Assistant Director has primary responsibility to develop the School’s alumni and parent networking and online communities, making recommendations about best practices and designing compelling programs and communications for multi-generational opportunities. Working with the Alumni Executive Committee, develop innovative gateways for young alumni engagement and for career networking for all. (~15%)

Virtual Events: The Assistant Director is a key player in conceiving, planning, and executing innovative virtual and in-person events, employing best practices from peer schools and using available technology. (~10%)

Other Duties: Manage milestone acknowledgments (death notices) to Class Agents and other duties as requested. Contribute to the esprit de corps of the Engagement and the Annual Fund team and the Advancement Office.

● Bachelor's degree
● Minimum of 1-3 years of professional work experience in non-profit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, events management, or similar professional work
● Deep appreciation of the mission of St. Mark's School
● Outstanding interpersonal skills
● Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as a team member to achieve goals.
● Demonstrated skills and experience in successfully planning and implementing events from broad strategy to fine detail.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently, be pro-active, and be nimble.
● Organizational skills sufficient to plan for the long-term; prioritize the present; and complete multiple tasks concurrently.
● Proven skill in mobilizing and managing volunteers.
● Computer and technological skills sufficient to fulfill job responsibilities.
● Some evening and weekend work is required.
● Ability to pass a nationwide criminal background check.

● Ability to stand and/or work at a computer for extended periods of time.
● Ability to move about campus in all types of weather.
● Ability to lift/carry/move/push/pull up to 25 pounds.
● Ability to travel when necessary (15%)

St. Mark's offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package which includes a retirement plan with company contribution; paid time off, including shorter work weeks in the summer; and medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance plans.

To apply, please send letter of interest, along with a resume or CV to: (please use position title in subject line) No phone calls, please.

St. Mark's School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or genetics, and any other characteristic or status protected by law.



August 2023

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