The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. It cultivates welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship and community. Its offerings satisfy the human desires to create, engage in self-expression and learn by doing, and its vision builds upon the school's historic role in shaping education in fine and applied arts.
Celebrating skills and imagination, we encourage our students to create using head, hands and heart. We believe everyone deserves access to excellent art education and the opportunity to make things by hand. More than 3,500 students learn from us each year: in our schoolhouse, through our partnerships with Boston’s schools and community centers, and through our Teen Bridge program.
We seek a highly motivated individual who will sustain and expand the Eliot School’s fundraising capacity, with a focus on cultivating, stewarding and soliciting individual and business donors, both current and prospective.
This position reports to the school’s Director, and works closely with the Director, trustees and committee members. S/he supervises other staff, paid assistants and volunteers as needed. This job offers a flexible schedule, with some evening and weekend hours depending on events. Hours may fluctuate by season, averaging 30 hours/week.
·With Director and Board, develop and monitor overall fundraising strategy, with specific focus on individual, family foundation and business support.
·With Director, draft annual development plans based on analyses of historical giving, anticipated donor attrition, special project plans and opportunities.
Stewardship & Solicitation
·Support strategic donor outreach and communications.
·Research and identify major gift potential; create and maintain portfolio; maintain notes/narrative documentation.
·Steward current and prospective donors.
·Create and manage grants log for family foundations. (A contracted grant writer tracks other foundation grants.)
·Provide expertise on corporate and family foundation relations, annual fund and other donor relations efforts.
·Maintain donor data.
·Supervise staff on gift input and correspondence.
·Work with staff to analyze data and provide reports to support development and inform decision making.
·Create communications to be used with donors, prospects, stakeholders and constituents.
·Plan and execute fundraising events, including house parties and at least one donor cultivation event.
·Manage and coordinate production and distribution of fundraising materials, both print and electronic.
·At least 5 years experience cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals and businesses, including experience developing successful donor cultivation and solicitation strategies; and including developing and implementing marketing related to development goals.
·Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
·Excellent project management skills.
·Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
·Comfort with technology and ability to adapt to new software and systems.
·Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity.
·Enthusiasm, collegiality and creative approach to problem solving.
·A strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.
The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.
Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Officer application” in the subject line. We hope for an October 2 start date. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as August 21. Please no phone calls.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with experience. Range c $55,000 FTE, $41,000 for .75 FTE (30 hrs/wk).
The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. Celebrating skills and imagination, we encourage our students to create using head, hands and heart. We believe everyone deserves access to excellent art education and the opportunity to make things by hand. 3,000 students learn from us each year: half in our schoolhouse, and half through our partnerships with Bos...ton’s public schools, libraries, housing developments and community centers.The school’s past decade has been defined by growth. Ten years ago, we taught 150 students and partnered with one local school. Now, each year, we teach 1,500 people of all ages in our schoolhouse, and 1,500 children at 15 schools and numerous other sites throughout Boston. In addition to direct teaching in classrooms, we are also working to build high quality, sequential art education for all children in grades K-8 in a south-central cluster of Boston’s public schools.