Director of Annual Giving and Family Engagement

Staff / Full-Time

Shore Country Day School, Beverly, MA

Start date: ASAP

Status: Full Time, Exempt, On-campus

Reports to: Director of Institutional Advancement

 To Apply:

Using PDF format, please send a resumé and a cover letter describing how you meet the below criteria to

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Annual Giving and Family Engagement is a 12-month, exempt position responsible for the managing and coordinating Shore’s comprehensive annual giving program and family engagement activities. The Director provides strategic direction and implements programs, events, initiatives, and communications aimed at increasing current-use unrestricted support while supporting Shore’s greater advancement goals. The Director strengthens existing relationships and builds new ones while increasing participation and giving to The Shore Fund, and creating a pipeline for future philanthropic giving to the school. Candidates must possess exceptional communication, organizational, and relationship-building skills and have relevant experience. The Director of Annual Giving and Family Engagement is an integral member of the Institutional Advancement team, which includes enrollment management, fundraising and alumni relations, as well as marketing and communications. This is an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative team of professionals in the Institutional Advancement office and a vibrant school community at Shore.

In living out our Equity and Inclusion Commitment, we encourage candidates of all backgrounds, abilities, and lived experiences to apply, including candidates of color, candidates who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent candidates, multilingual candidates, and other candidates from historically underrepresented communities.

Key Objectives: 

The Shore Fund (approximately 75%)

  • Partner with the Director of Institutional Advancement to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward key constituencies (trustees, families, grandparents, alumni, families of alumni, and employees) including leadership donors, loyal donors, and volunteers
  • Develop, manage, and implement a strategic and comprehensive annual giving program designed to meet and exceed The Shore Fund’s financial and programmatic goals; ensure that annual giving operations run smoothly and efficiently
  • Provide data to inform annual goal setting, partner with the Director of Institutional Advancement in setting strategy and setting and meeting monthly and annual goals
  • Expand leadership donor program by building relationships with new prospects and deepening relationships with existing donors; ensure donors receive personalized and interest-specific updates on the impact of their giving
  • Plan and execute community-wide annual fundraising campaigns such as the Giving Day campaign
  • In collaboration with colleagues, manage multi-channel Annual Fund collateral including solicitations, acknowledgments, direct mail, email marketing, online giving, social media, brochures, and other materials; generate mailings, emails, and communications to educate and solicit constituents; manage complex segmentation
  • Recruit and manage advancement volunteers; provide training, coaching, and ongoing motivation and support for soliciting peers and closing gifts; communicate proactively regarding progress and opportunities
  • Analyze data and continually monitor progress to improve the program; renew and upgrade current donors and increase constituency participation rates; regularly produce reports utilizing the Raiser’s Edge database on progress, results, and trends for the Board of Trustees, Advancement Committee, and Advancement Office
  • Build and maintain authentic relationships; strengthen school relationships through personal visits (in person, virtually, phone) with an emphasis on new families
  • Manage third-party platforms such as ConstantContact, GiveCampus, and Thankview and serve as the point of contact for vendors
  • Collaborate and assist in the production of the Report on Philanthropy, the annual Bulletin magazine, and other print and digital collateral
  • Assist with planning and implementing advancement events—including donor, family, alumni, and volunteer events—as well as all-school (such as Grandfriends Day) events
  • Ensure current students and young alumni understand the value of a long-term relationship with the school, including philanthropic support
  • Assist with Institutional Advancement and school-wide communications such as mailings, digital updates, and updates to the advancement sections of the Shore website
  • Assist with database management and data integrity of Raiser’s Edge
  • Coordinate giveaways and stewardship gifts

Family Engagement (approximately 25%)

  • Effectively interface with all constituents in the school community including families, students, employees, board members, alumni, and others
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Shore Families Association (SFA); attend meetings, provide support to leadership and committees, assist with community communications
  • Support SFA sponsored events and help staff events as needed
  • Promote increased family engagement with Shore; intentionally build relationships and manage seamless day-to-day communication with families
  • Assist in transitioning new families into the school and design and implement strategies to keep families connected as their children graduate
  • Help foster life-long relationships between students, alumni, families, and the school 

Skills and Competencies:

  • We seek a person of high integrity and a creative and energetic professional who will thrive in a collaborative environment. A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5+ years of progressively successful experience leading an annual giving program is required.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Shore Country Day School, including the Community Code and Equity and Inclusion Commitment
  • Strong relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills (in person, by phone and virtually), communication skills (verbal and written), organizational skills, and intercultural competencies, displaying empathy, humility, and confidence when managing volunteers and interacting with constituents
  • Strong technology skills, including Google applications, Word, Excel, design of web-based communications, and ability to learn new platforms
  • Experience with data segmentation and analysis; understanding of fundraising software (preferably Raiser’s Edge), gift processing and donor relations, social networking, and electronic marketing
  • Demonstrate meticulous project and time management skills, displaying exceptional attention to detail and follow-through, as well as an ability to balance competing priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Energetic team player with an ability to provide prompt, courteous customer service and listen carefully to and understand others’ needs, both internally and externally; a positive, can-do mentality, sense of humor, and proven ability to work in collaboration within cross-functional partnerships and inspire others
  • Proven ability to make strategic decisions, solve problems, manage own workflow and tasks, and independently manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of professional judgment, discretion, and diplomacy while maintaining a high level of confidentiality
  • Comfort and confidence to interact in a variety of social settings and connect enthusiastically with people representing a variety of identities, backgrounds, and generations
  • Understand industry best practices and embrace professional development
  • Effectively plan, track, and manage budgets
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends; light travel—including overnight travel—is sometimes required, both locally and out of state 

Selected Benefits


Shore Country Day School (Boston Metropolitan area) is a Pre-K – Grade 9 independent day school serving students of all social identities. Our commitment to anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching, staff, and administrative practices are the privilege and responsibility of every member of the Shore Community. All employees are supported through mentoring, significant professional development opportunities, and a culture of intentionality for individual belonging and innovation.

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Shore Country Day School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.





Shore Country Day School

Beverly, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender