The Director of the Gann Fund is responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive, year-round fundraising program and initiatives which will increase annual philanthropic support for the Gann Fund, the annual giving program for Gann Academy. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming that aim to build and engage our donor base. This individual will focus on renewing and upgrading current donors, as well as increasing the overall participation rate for the Gann Fund. This person will also work with the Development Team to ensure effective administration of Gann Fund gifts through acknowledgment letters, recognition of donors in the Annual Report, and the delivery of any necessary reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents.
Through personal visits, this individual will identify, cultivate, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors, seeking and securing gifts for the Gann Fund, as well as identifying potential campaign and planned giving prospects. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record as an Annual Giving professional with expertise in relationship management both internally with staff and colleagues as well as externally with donors and volunteers.
Plan, organize, and implement a development plan for Gann Academy’s annual giving effort, the Gann Fund.
In tandem with the development team, create and execute cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities to reach current families, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, employees, community members and other constituent groups, that will increase participation and financial support to the Gann Fund. This will include, but is not limited to, direct mail, phone programs, e-philanthropy, and personal contact.
Manage relationships through a portfolio of prospects, overseeing and personally executing solicitations and the closing of leadership gifts.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects for the benefit of the Gann Fund.
Responsible for planning and implementing strategies for Gann Fund launch, Calendar Year-End, Fiscal Year-End and other fundraising campaigns.
Create and manage an evaluation dashboard of the Gann Fund, monitoring financial progress and program effectiveness throughout the year.
Partner with the Chief Advancement Officer to identify and solicit major gifts prospects, assisting with strategy and executing appropriate tasks as it relates to the Gann Fund.
Partner with key faculty, academic leadership, and students to secure and manage restricted gifts.
In partnership with the Chair, manage the Gann Fund Committee and other leadership volunteers to identify and cultivate relationships with prospective donors, brainstorm and execute various development initiatives that engage our constituents.
Plan, manage, and execute development events such donor recognition events and various school-wide events throughout the year.
Other duties as assigned and serve as a member of the development team.
COMPETENCIES and SKILLS
Bachelor’s degree required, with a minimum of 5 years of advancement experience.
Demonstrated skill in gift solicitation.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Ability to represent the school to external constituents and work effectively with internal constituents across several levels.
Computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); experience with Raiser’s Edge donor software or similar fundraising software a plus.
Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented department.
Willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
About Gann Academy
Gann Academy is an independent high school (grades 9 - 12) in Waltham, MA, serving students from the Greater Boston area. The mission of Gann Academy is to educate, to inspire, and to empower intellectually confident, passionately engaged, ethically responsible Jews who, through critical thinking and the contribution of their unique voices, will create a vibrant Jewish future and build a better world where human dignity will flourish.
Central to a Gann education is our commitment that all students in our school will have adults who know them well and care about their growth and development, not only as scholars but as unique individuals. Gann’s outstanding faculty sharpens our students’ intellects, challenging them to become both analytical as well as creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.
Gann’s curriculum is broad and deep and includes courses from introductory to advanced in the humanities, arts, sciences and Jewish Studies. Classes are discussion based and emphasize critical thinking and analysis. At Gann, excellence is not measured in a grade or score, but in the achievement and satisfaction that come from thoughtful work, intellectual growth and the willingness to embr...ace real academic challenges.
From weekly assemblies to arts to sports to clubs to social activities and student organizations, a Gann education includes a wealth of extracurricular and creative opportunities to explore new passions and discover new talents. These activities extend classroom learning, encourage students to develop new skills such as collaboration and leadership, and inspire their compassion and curiosity.
Gann Academy seeks employees who will not only be highly skilled experts in their fields, but who will embrace the school's culture and be active members of our community. Gann offers attractive career paths and professional challenges within a welcoming and energetic school community. We are proud of our competitive salary and benefits package and our extensive professional development program.
Gann Academy is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.