The Pingry School, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and community and civic engagement. The school’s mission is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to scholarly exploration, personal growth, and social responsibility while preparing them to be global citizens and luminaries of the 21st century. Dr. John F. Pingry founded the school in 1861 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and today there are three campuses: Grades K-5 in Short Hills, Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge, and a shared campus for Grades K-12 in Pottersville that focuses on experiential education. The diverse student body is composed of more than 1,100 students from nearly 100 towns in New Jersey and New York. For more information visit the school’s website, pingry.org, or follow The Pingry School on Facebook and Twitter.
The Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving and Parent Engagement is responsible for the development, implementation, and organization of creative strategies to secure the Pingry Fund parent and grandparent fundraising goals of the organization and cultivate relationships with stakeholders in alignment with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the School. Their ability to deeply understand the parent and grandparent community, collaborate with necessary stakeholders, and assess potential outcomes is key to their success in this role. They must also be committed to driving DEIB within decision-making across the organization. The Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving and Parent Engagement reports directly to the Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving and Community Engagement.
- Build a strategic and data informed parent fundraising plan that incorporates thoughtful messaging, dynamic appeals, and engaging events in support of The Pingry Fund
- Maintain a portfolio 45 Pingry Fund leadership-level parent and grandparent prospects, achieving maximum industry productivity standards
- Work with individual philanthropy advisors to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-level parent prospects
- Recruit, train, and manage parent annual fund volunteers
- Plan and execute Ring the Bell: Pingry’s Annual Celebration of Giving in September,
- Oversee the parent portion of the School’s volunteer management system and the social fundraising platform
- Create, manage, and measure the Development Office’s parent engagement program, identifying ways to connect parents to the life of the School
- Coordinate the efforts of community stakeholders including the PSPA, Head of School office, communications, and facilities to plan and execute an all parent social event or division specific social events where the primary focus is community engagement in order to increase participation in The Pingry Fund
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
- A minimum of three years of experience in fundraising or related industry, with demonstrated success in annual giving strategy, gift solicitation, and volunteer management
- Possess a commitment to DEIB and the requisite skills to interact with diverse constituency groups within and external to the School community
- Outstanding communication skills both written and verbal
- Ability to cultivate and develop long-term relationships across the School community
- Comfort with working with senior administrators and volunteer leadership
- Possess a keen awareness of the pulse of the parent and grandparent community in order to position the School appropriately and effectively build strategies to enhance and increase giving
- Deep understanding of strategies across annual giving and parent engagement
- Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills; analytical and strategic thinking capabilities; well-refined project management skills, initiative, and creative energy
- Comfortable with incorporating the latest technology into your workflow, including Zoom
- Skilled in navigating the Google Suite of applications (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, etc.)
- Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and Veracross preferred
- A valid driver’s license and ability to drive
- In addition to honor and character, commitment to intellectual engagement, and appreciation for stewardship and sustainability, especially important is the candidate’s ease with diverse constituencies and demonstrated commitment to an inclusive school community.
How To Apply
Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at https://www.pingry.org/about/employment.