|Brooks School provides a co-educational, college preparatory program for roughly 370 students on a 242-acre campus overlooking Lake Cochichewick. |
Small classes allow students to work closely with teachers, fostering a relationship that is at the core of the warm, close-knit community. With a challenging academic curriculum that includes 17 advanced placement courses, Brooks also offers opportunities to study abroad in Africa. Europe and South America. A unique summer science program places juniors in labs at Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, as well as in the wilds of Tanzania and on the coast of Canada in Labrador. On the stage and in the gallery, visual and performing arts are an integral part of school life, while on the athletic fields, numerous teams have won New England or league championships in recent years.
The average faculty tenure of approximately 10 years reflects an atmosphere and culture that recognizes the importance of exceptional teachers. Brooks is a great place to work.
|Nondiscrimination Policy |
Brooks School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, disability or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid and loan programs, athletic programs and other school administered programs and activities.
|Director of Annual Giving |
Brooks School, a coeducational boarding and day school, grades 9 through 12, located in North Andover, Massachusetts, seeks an experienced, dynamic and strategic Director of Annual Giving to join our advancement team to develop, execute and manage a comprehensive multi-channel annual giving program that supports the strategic objectives and the philanthropic priorities of Brooks School.
The Director will be an organized and results-oriented fundraising professional, an enthusiastic, genuine and effective manager, and a team player dedicated to the mission of the school. The successful candidate will have an ability to lead a team seeking to both realize annual financial goals for unrestricted support of school priorities and broaden participation among alumni, parents and friends.
- Oversee all facets of the Brooks Fund program, alumni, parent and leadership giving, including but not limited to leadership giving society membership, volunteer programs, direct mail, email strategy and other initiatives as part of the implementation of a yearly campaign strategy for increasing support of the Brooks Fund.
- Establish, implement, and evaluate an annual calendar of activities that proactively engages constituents including alumni, parents, Brooks School employees and friends whose interests encompass diverse areas including but not limited to the arts, athletics, academic programs and alumni programming.
- Initiate, produce and analyze comparative annual giving reports, and proactively manage the team toward success according to different criteria (segmentation, class year, participation rate, etc.).
- Train and develop employees in best practices uses of the data base; plan continuing education with a particular emphasis on planned giving.
- Steward an active portfolio of leadership annual gift prospects (prospects able to give $5K to $50K per year). This Director is responsible for soliciting unrestricted gifts of $5,000 or more, with emphasis on $25,000 gifts.
- Increase the awareness of the importance of the Brooks Fund with current parents.
- Travel extensively on behalf of the school for events and meetings with volunteers and prospects, meeting agreed upon expectations regarding annual face-to-face visits and solicitations.
- Employ an effective mix of communication vehicles, including e-mail, direct mail, social media and telephone to meet goals and to build a sustainable tradition of annual support.
- Develop creative themes and designs including brochures, promotional materials, appeals and other related print and online content in collaboration with the Communications Department.
- Establish benchmarks and monitor progress for the annual giving program for all constituencies.
- Develop and oversee an annual budget based on fundraising goals; identify strategies to meet or exceed fundraising goals based on this budget.
- In consultation with the prospect research and the database team, identify effective segmentation and establish processes to improve data integrity and to track and analyze fundraising results.
- Proactively work with colleagues to create a sustainable pipeline for major gifts and planned giving.
- Perform other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate, and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to
organize dynamic constituencies toward a common goal.
- Communicate effectively with diverse populations. Demonstrated commitment to understanding, communicating, and adhering to institutional policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated experience managing, motivating, training and evaluating staff and volunteers to accomplish fundraising goals.
- A bachelor’s degree.
- Successful experience with all aspects of annual giving to include parental giving, annual leadership gifts, and other related programs.
- Mastery with donor information systems (Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud would be preferable) and Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel. Competence in preparing and presenting detailed studies and reports, including recommendations in Raisers Edge.
- Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and securing philanthropic gifts.
- Possesses state of the art skills as related to the effective use of social media and other constituent engagement management tools are strongly preferred.
- Has a high level of integrity, a strong work ethic, self-confidence, and a sense of humor.
- Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing multiple priorities effectively.
- Proven capacity to work successfully in a campaign environment
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage, evaluate and encourage the professional development of
staff members who are responsible for reunion classes, parents and special gifts programs.
PUBLIC/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Remains competent and current through self-directed professional
reading, developing professional relationships with colleagues, attending professional development
seminars, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director of Development
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONTACTS: Engages and communicates regularly with colleagues,
fundraising partners, prospective donors, volunteers, and other groups in a professional, positive and
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Gage Dobbins, Director of Development, Brooks School, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845, firstname.lastname@example.org