Website Turning Point School
Job Title: Annual Fund Director
FSLA Classification: Exempt 1.0 FTE. 12-month employee
Reports To: Assistant Head of School for External Affairs
We open our doors every day to create a dynamic learning community in which each child grows into their best self.
The Annual Fund Director is responsible for developing and executing the goals, strategies, and timetables for the school’s Annual Giving Program. While the focus of this role is Annual Giving, the Annual Fund Director will contribute to other advancement and development initiatives including corporate sponsorships, grant-writing, and major gifts.
The Annual Fund Director will build and maintain key relationships with families, alumni, volunteers, vendors, and others in the Turning Point community. The Director will also focus on expanding the philanthropic capacity of current donors and former donors, and the expansion of future donor prospects. This is accomplished through the individual’s own direct efforts as well as collaboratively with others on the administrative and support teams—effectively leveraging the skills and volunteer contributions of Turning Point parents, faculty, and staff.
Turning Point School is a diverse and inclusive community with a strong commitment to equity across all areas of operation, from the classroom to the boardroom. The Annual Fund Director will help ensure that the school’s fundraising policies and practices are reflective of this commitment in all aspects of operations.
The Annual Fund Director will be a key member of the Turning Point External Affairs team, which includes admissions/enrollment management, development, communications, and marketing. This position will receive strong clerical support from an External Affairs Administrative Assistant, who reports to the Director of External Affairs.
This is a 12-month, full-time, in-person exempt position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Annual Fund: Develop and oversee all Annual Fund strategies, plans, and donor relationships—including donor recognition and stewardship—ensuring that annual budget goals are met or exceeded.
Spring Fundraising Event: Direct and oversee the school’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Spring Gala/Celebration, which is the school’s hallmark annual giving event.
Special Events: Oversee 6-10 additional Advancement events from planning to execution, with a focus on fundraising efficacy and success.
Grandparent Relations: Serve as the Turning Point liaison to the Parent Association Grandparent Committee.
Alumni Relations: Take the lead in formally establishing a Turning Point School Alumni Association, inspiring alumni to maintain a lifelong connection to Turning Point while providing meaningful philanthropic support to the Annual Fund.
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Enjoys interacting with many different people and with a wide variety of challenges in a diverse and dynamic community
Able to lift 20 pounds
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods
Ability to occasionally work outside of the workday or workweek as needed
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and to understand intuitively what information must remain confidential
Occasional light local travel for events or meetings
Possible regional or national travel for events or conferences
Bachelor’s degree is required
Minimum of three years of Advancement experience with an emphasis on individual giving
Prior experience with event planning and execution is required
Experience working in a school environment or other non-profit is preferred
Knowledge of relevant and contemporary software applications that can include: Veracross, Diamond Mind, Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs
Familiarity with IRS regulations as they relate to philanthropic giving and industry accounting and reporting standards
Innovation: Embraces diverse perspectives to promote or nurture innovation. Discovers patterns and new approaches to situations; is open to change and new information; fosters an atmosphere to explore, connect, and ignite ideas and insights.
Project Management: Ability to lead, analyze, and execute complex projects to achieve goals by understanding the nature of the activities, overcoming obstacles, monitoring progress, and evaluating impact.
Self-Development: Demonstrated commitment and curiosity to think more deeply and rationally in coming up with increasingly creative solutions. Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development and has awareness of common biases. Is dedicated to consistently learning; eager to pick up new knowledge and skills quickly.
Quality Results: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, logic, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise. Integrates ideas and facts to ensure high-quality results on projects/tasks; meets deadlines and attends to details. Takes responsibility for the quality of work and achieves results with little oversight—but not at the expense of collaboration.
Relationship Management: Positively collaborates and builds/maintains authentic and trusting relationships. Helps people feel valued and demonstrates high levels of discretion and confidentiality. Encourages creative thought and differences of opinions while maintaining a positive sense of self.
Communication: Exceptional ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
Resilience: Deals effectively and honestly with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Is able to harness the resources and support needed to process and recover from setbacks. Fosters physical and mental resilience, with the ability to self-regulate and a desire to endure in the face of disappointment or frustration.
Cultural Competence: Recognizes the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to the Turning Point community. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates high levels of self/social awareness, self-management, empathy, and curiosity. Consciously seeking to understand diverse values and rationales.
Self-Leadership: Motivated to set goals and achieve them by diving into topics with an enthusiasm and drive to understand more. A commitment to perseverance, purpose, and being driven by something larger than oneself.
About Turning Point School
Founded in 1970, Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Culver City, California. Turning Point enrolls approximately 300 students in preschool through 8th grade from the greater Los Angeles area.
Turning Point is a positive community, and our students remain happily engaged from the time they arrive at drop-off until they go home at the end of the day. Yet, happiness is far more than an easy morning routine. It is what results from the exercise of personal strengths and virtues, guideposts that help us all—students, educators, and parents—make our way toward purposeful and courageous lives. Learn more at www.turningpointschool.org.
Turning Point School is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace and seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates. Turning Point School does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.
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