Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Wallingford, CT

The Assistant Director of Donor Relations and plays an integral role in establishing a structured, systematic program for donor stewardship while maintaining Choate’s reputation of integrity and fiscal responsibility. This position ensures donors are consistently informed of the importance and impact of their gifts to the School.

This position is full-time, exempt, scheduled year-round, and is benefits eligible.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create compelling and dynamic correspondence and content to help foster and sustain substantive relationships between the School and its most generous and committed donors.
  • Manage an efficient and timely gift acknowledgement process that ensures all donors are thanked in an appropriate, consistent, and meaningful way.
  • Execute the financial and impact reporting process for endowed funds, buildings, and capital projects.
  • In collaboration with Annual Fund colleagues, develop and execute a stewardship plan for annual giving, including first-time, leadership, loyal, and reunion donors.
  • Compile alumni and student stories which can be used for engagement, solicitation, and/or stewardship.
  • Manage donor signage throughout campus, including maintaining an inventory of existing plaques and available naming opportunities.
  • In collaboration with events team, play a vital role in all donor-focused events including but not limited to receptions, dedications, scholarship events, and parent gatherings.
  • Manage donor stewardship materials and gifts for the department.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-4 years of experience in the field of development, preferably donor relations.
  • Superb and proven writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Creative approach to content creation and curation with an aptitude for visual communication.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information and to think strategically, critically, and creatively.
  • Adept at interacting with varied constituencies, including high-level donors, prospects, students, and School officials with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, keen sense of discretion especially in dealing with confidential material.
  • Occasional travel.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, as well as Canva, Adobe, or other design software, and donor databases

 

Working at Choate: Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 400 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate differences and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that working in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own. 

Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.