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Donor Relations Manager

The Oaks Academy – Indianapolis, IN
Full-Time position

Organizational Overview

The Oaks Academy is a Christ-centered school that exists to provide a rich, classical education to children of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preparing them to succeed in a rigorous secondary educational program and to demonstrate spiritual, social and emotional maturity. Currently on three campuses, serving over 900, The Oaks Academy is growing each year to serve more children.

Position introduction

Help lead a strong philanthropic community to the next level as we grow to serve more children and secure the future of The Oaks Academy. This person will play an integral role on the team, ensuring donor relationships are developed and strengthened with the organization and its mission.

Position details

The Oaks Academy is seeking an experienced development professional to strengthen our relationship development program and stewardship experience for supporters. The organization has a strong annual giving program, raising $2+ million from more than 600 supporters in annual scholarship contributions. As the organization grows, the advancement operations are maturing to embark on (and improve upon) campaigns, major gift programs, endowment and planned giving programs, events, marketing efforts and more.

Qualified applicants should love the fundraising process and be inspired by acts of philanthropy. He or she should understand relationship development and have experience engaging donors directly with a cause, or supporting organizational leaders in doing so. The ideal applicant will have some familiarity and comfort with a CRM system (The Oaks Academy uses Senior Systems) as he or she will be using the database regularly for relationship management functions (but will not solely manage the database). More important is an understanding of and interest in donor motivations, prospect research, stewardship, moves-management, metrics and data-driven fundraising management.

The position will likely grow and evolve over time. For the first year the focus will be orientation to The Oaks Academy’s mission and advancement philosophy, then developing and fine tuning internal systems and processes to gain efficiency in relationship building. This individual will also lead our small events. In time, depending on capacity, interest and skill, this team member may engage more fully in building donor relationships and in donor solicitation.

This role reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and works with three additional professionals and several Americorps VISTA members each year. While each team member is an expert in his or her field and industry, each is humble and enjoys a healthy team dynamic and within the organization’s culture. The Oaks Academy enjoys an extremely high donor and staff retention rate due to a true relationship-focused fundraising culture and compelling mission. The Advancement team is small but mighty. Each member owns his or her respective area of expertise but collaborates with other members to provide excellent results and often exceed goals.

Minimum Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. 3-7 years of development and donor relations experience
  3. Track record of project management and/or fundraising success
  4. Experience with fundraising software
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft and Google products
  6. Personal and professional interest in and alignment with our mission and values

Preferred Experience

  1. Proven ability to manage projects, design workflow and streamline systems
  2. Demonstrated creative ability to develop innovative fundraising strategies
  3. Proven ability to design donor-centered stewardship practices
  4. Success in individual donor acquisition, growth and retention
  5. Masters Degree in related field and/or advanced fundraising training

An ideal candidate is

  • Personable
  • Confident
  • Trustworthy
  • Efficient
  • Hard working
  • Attentive to detail
  • Excited to grow
  • Able to innovate

Salary and benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and a generous benefit package is available.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Nathan Hand, Chief Advancement Officer at nhand@theoaksacademy.org.

Early applications will be given preference and reviewed quickly for a potential in-person interview while school is in session (prior to June 1).

Start date is flexible with latest being August 1, 2019.

The Oaks Academy student experience is made possible by the support of generous people like you.