Founded in 1894, The Shipley School is a co-ed day school of 840 students in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12 and is located in suburban Philadelphia. The Shipley School is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status and sexual orientation.
Shipley’s Development Office strategy is guided by a collaborative, donor-centered approach to fundraising in which each donor relationship is cultivated and stewarded based on constituency. Aligned into alumni- and parent-related “pillars” that uphold the Office mission of supporting the School, staff members in each pillar are charged with developing constituency-based programs to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. While the constituencies served by each pillar are different, the goals remain the same: to cultivate relationships, build a sense of community, and generate annual, capital, and planned giving support for The Shipley School.
Working as a member of the Development Office and reporting to the Associate Director of Development for Parent Engagement, the Director of Parent Programs and Events is responsible for leading and implementing a comprehensive constituent relations program focused on engaging and cultivating the constituencies of the Parent Pillar, which encompasses trustees, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, past parents, and former trustees. Shipley is in the midst of a $52 million capital campaign, having raised $47 million to date.
- Develop and implement four (4) annual fundraising events: Shipley Shops (October); Spring Auction (April); Secret Gardens (May); and Golf Classic (June).
- Recruit Co-Chairs and Committee members.
- Design and write, with assistance from the Communications Office, paper and email invitations and ensure their timely delivery.
- Implement innovative marketing strategies to promote programs and events.
- Ensure that fundraising events meet financial goals.
- Cultivate corporate support for each event.
- Steward volunteers following the events.
- Develop and manage additional fundraising events as appropriate.
- Lead a program to recruit, train, and support pillar volunteers.
- Assist in the planning and orchestration of annual, capital, and planned gift cultivation and stewardship events for pillar.
- Conduct face-to-face visits of pillar constituents.
- Build relationships with prospects with the goals of strengthening their affiliation with and support of Shipley.
- Record visits through use of Call Reports.
- Document all activity in the database.
- Manage and support the Fine Arts Committee, the Speer Gallery exhibits, and related events.
- Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Programs and Giving to promote alumni pillar constituents’ attendance at Shipley Shops, Spring Auction, Secret Gardens, and similar events.
- Identify and promote ways in which varying constituencies in the pillar can be brought together, with the goal of cultivating all.
- With the Webmaster, manage and regularly update content of the special programs and events section of Shipley’s website.
- Advise parent volunteer programs as appropriate.
- Educate pillar constituents about the importance of supporting the School.
- Help to identify prospects and volunteers for annual, capital, and planned giving fundraising efforts.
- Delegate appropriate tasks to the Parent Coordinator.
- Manage the use and accuracy of database records for parent pillar.
- Manage parent pillar programs and events budget.
- Support and staff events run by the Development Office, including but not limited to Alumni Weekend.
In order to embrace the mission of the School and be successful in the position, the Director of Parent Programs and Events must possess and exhibit the following skills:
- Familiarity with and endorsement of Shipley’s mission, culture, and values
- Personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents
- Self-motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, and commitment to innovation
- Cooperation, collegiality, and commitment to teamwork
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
- Excellent quantity, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of work produced
- Excellent planning, prioritization, organization, multitasking, efficiency, and follow-through in execution of responsibilities
- Dependability, punctuality, and attendance at all required and some optional meetings and events
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Commitment to professional development and self-improvement
- Proficiency in use of technology: Raiser’s Edge database (including NetCommunity), Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Greater Giving, and web editing software
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
- Ability to travel locally
Qualifications and Expectations
The ideal candidate will have a strong fundraising background in an independent school environment and an excellent track record of identifying, recruiting, and supporting volunteers. A Bachelor’s degree is a requirement.
This is a 12-month position with exempt status.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Shipley offers a generous benefits package that includes school contributions to employees’ TIAA-CREF retirement plan, medical benefits and life insurance, professional development opportunities, generous vacation, and complimentary lunch.
Start date for the position is flexible. Successful completion of state and federal clearances is a condition of employment.
Candidates should send a cover letter and résumé by post or email (no phone calls, please) to:
Ms. Karen Brown,
Director of Advancement Services
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010