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Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Position Type Administrator
School Name Lawrenceville School (The)
City, State Lawrenceville, NJ 
Posted 07/12/2019

The Lawrenceville School

Title: Assistant Director of Annual Giving

The Lawrenceville School is a highly selective private independent boarding school that has built a legacy of excellence in education and has earned national recognition for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The 200 year-old campus occupies 350 landscaped acres in the historical town of Lawrenceville, NJ and is listed on the National Historic Register as reflected by the campus’s old-world architecture and landscaping. 

Summary: The Assistant Director leads all young alumni engagement and giving strategies while building a student philanthropy program. They will maintain fundraising responsibility for the 15 youngest non-reunion classes in addition to leading all student philanthropy efforts including the management of a robust senior class gift. The Assistant Director must be able to ask for young alumni-level leadership gifts on personal visits and support their respective young alumni volunteers, as these individuals are often critical to the success of our fundraising goals. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Leads all young alumni engagement and giving strategies to include:

  • Recruiting and managing young alumni class fundraising teams for non-reunion classes, to include a class agent, special gift chair(s), participation chair(s), and other fundraising volunteers with a focus on increasing young alumni participation in the annual fund. 

  • Anticipating needs in advance of and during fundraising cycles, begins goal setting, effective individual screening, identification of potential leadership donors and possible solicitors, volunteer recruitment, routine volunteer meetings and training, conference calls, and frequent follow-up with solicitors. 

  • Conducting at least 100 personal visits per year, with special emphasis on solicitation of leadership level prospects.

  • Supporting and leading the Young Alumni Council 

Leads student philanthropy efforts including the management of the senior gift campaign.

Supervises young alumni callers during on-campus phonathons (winter break/June)

Knowledge, Skills & Ability

  • Must be able to recruit, train, motivate, and retain a corps of committed volunteers for Lawrenceville

  • Must be able to work earnestly and cooperatively as a team with coworkers and volunteers, and give and receive feedback

  • Must be able to work in a friendly and collegial manner, with a thorough appreciation for the goals and mission of Lawrenceville, the interests of independent secondary education, and an understanding of liberal education as well as the operations that attend to schools of that nature.

  • Must have a high level of ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with all types of volunteers.

  • Must be able to analyze and determine regional strategies for engagement and fund development, and must be able to present frequent goal analysis and results and be prepared to suggest new strategies when appropriate.

  • Should have some experience with class segmentation and be able to identify specific alumni constituencies within classes.

  • Must possess clear, concise, and effective writing and speaking skills.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required

Two to three years of development experience and/or direct solicitation experience required

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EEO Statement:

The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.

Background Check Statement:

The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.


Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.

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