Senior Manager of Donor Relations

Milton Academy is an independent coeducational national boarding and day school, serving 1,000 students in grades K-12 eight miles south of Boston.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office seeks a Senior Manager of Donor Relations to actively support communication with, and cultivation of, past and current major donors to ensure trust, convey impact, and strengthen the connection to Milton, as well as contribute to a school-wide culture of gratitude. The Senior Manager will develop a strategic, thoughtful, and comprehensive donor relations program that includes gift acceptance/acknowledgment, donor recognition (events, honor rolls, donor walls, external publicity), and reporting that promotes donor participation, loyalty, and lifetime engagement. This position reports to the Director of Communications and Events.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Advance fundraising success through a robust, proactive and donor-centric stewardship and donor relations program; enhance and expand a comprehensive and integrated effort that ensures donors experience high-quality interactions that foster engagement and investment.
  • Build meaningful relationships with alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and friends of Milton through consistent and personalized contact; actively support communication with, and cultivation of, past and current major donors to ensure trust, convey impact, and strengthen the connection.
  • Develop accurate and timely donor reports, including endowed fund market value reports, named scholar reports, annual report on giving, and school priority reports using print, digital and multi-media tools to reach distinct audiences. Partner with campus colleagues (academic departments, business office, athletics) to support storytelling and to convey donor impact.
  • Develop specific strategies to increase donor retention, upgrades and acquisitions through creative and meaningful donor recognition programs and initiatives. Create new and support existing donor recognition societies for all levels of the giving spectrum, including annual and planned giving societies as well as for special initiatives and campaigns.
  • In partnership with the Events Manager, design donor celebrations and events, including groundbreaking ceremonies and building dedications, high-impact campaign and campus stewardship events, special donor receptions, etc.
  • Work closely with the Leadership Gifts team on identifying naming opportunities within the existing fundraising priorities; create a management system for named spaces; oversee the creation and installation of donor recognition pieces, including plaques.
  • Oversee donor correspondence to include gift acknowledgments, pledge reminders and occasion-based outreach.

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree and have 6+ years of professional development experience, ideally at an educational institution or non-profit. Experience leading or supporting a donor relations/stewardship program is preferred.

Milton Academy welcomes candidates who would add to the racial, cultural and gender balance of the School community. Milton Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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