Assistant Director, Donor Relations

Posted on 10/14/2022

Phillips Academy

Andover, MA

The Assistant Director of Donor Relations plays a key role in executing the Academy’s high-profile, high-impact stewardship and recognition program, including managing narrative and financial stewardship projects, planning and executing donor relations events, preparing personalized gift acknowledgments on behalf of Academy leadership, implementing the Academy’s top donor recognition societies and other forms of recognition, producing creative institutional gifts and other meaningful donor experiences, and entering and maintaining accurate records and data in accordance with the Academy’s policies and best practices.

Minimum Job Qualifications: 
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in donor relations in an educational or other non-profit setting, or related demonstrated success in non-profit development or communications, are required. The Assistant Director must have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, proficiency in project management and with common business productivity and analysis tools, as well as with the design and presentation of both qualitative and quantitative reports, and the ability to take initiative and collaborate well with a variety of stakeholders in an educational setting. An understanding of private education and experience planning and executing high-touch events are strongly desired.

Essential Functions/Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Assistant Director will:

  • Produce highly tailored and informative narrative stewardship reports of the highest quality, and oversee key stewardship reporting initiatives including the Academy’s scholarship reporting program
  • Oversee efficient production of timely and personalized gift acknowledgments from Academy leadership
  • Plan and execute donor relations events such as dinners and receptions bringing together donors and beneficiaries, as well as facility ground-breakings and dedications
  • Facilitate the production and mailing of the annual Andover Endowment Report and accompanying individual endowed fund reports to donors and their families
  • Design and manage other annual stewardship reporting projects as assigned, combining effective logistic management, fresh design, and information-rich presentations
  • In partnership with colleagues in OAR and across the Academy, enforce effective policies that govern gift acceptance, documentation, and recording
  • Conduct all efforts in a fiscally responsible manner.

The successful candidate will be a creative and polished writer with impeccable attention to detail, a strategic thinker with a customer service focus, and a high-performing project manager with the ability to execute at both the individual and large-scale levels within a sophisticated donor community.  He/she will match leading-edge best practices in donor communications with an appreciation of the traditions that are the legacy of decades of Andover donors and volunteers.

Occasional night and weekend work is required for events and donor engagements, both on campus and off, including occasional travel out of state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, our top priority is safety. Accordingly, the Academy will require, subject to disability and religious accommodation exceptions under federal and state law, that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes the Covid-19 Booster by February 1, 2022 or 5 months after completing the primary vaccination series with Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccination.

Phillips Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Phillips Academy is an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community “committed to creating an equitable and inclusive school in which students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences—including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and ability—learn and grow together.”  The ideal candidate supports the inclusive and diverse nature of the community.  Any offers of employment will be contingent upon successful CORI/SORI and fingerprinting background checks as well as unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

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