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Development Associate

Job Type: Part Time (20-25 hours per week)
Supervision Received: The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development.

General Statement of Duties
Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a leading independent boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut for students in kindergarten through grade nine. Steeped in the tradition of liberal arts for over eight decades, FCDS is dedicated to the personal growth and intellectual enrichment of boys. FCDS believes that an all-boys educational experience creates thoughtful, resilient global citizens who are enriched by their relationships with others and are committed to living up to their own remarkable potential. FCDS seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated professional to provide critical support for the school’s Development Department.

The Development Associate is responsible for the overall management of the constituent database (Raiser's Edge) and working with the Director of Development on the School's annual giving program. He/She will take primary responsibility for the accurate and timely entry of donations and the gift acknowledgement system. This position works closely with all members of the school community including: faculty and staff, current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents. The ability to build relationships, communicate clearly and effectively, and help manage multiple projects is essential.  
Specific Responsibilities
  • Responsible for accuracy, consistency, and integrity of the data maintained in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge / RE NXT
  • Execute and coordinate annual fund solicitation mailing of all constituencies
  • Gift entry, receipt, and acknowledgement program
  • Generate donor lists, mailing lists, fundraising updates and customized reports as needed by DOD and Head of School
  • Serve as a liaison between the Development Office and the Business Office, and generate quarterly reconciliation reports for audit
  • Track event RSVPs and generate event name tags when applicable
  • Assist with alumni engagement efforts throughout the year including managing class notes, supporting alumni reunion and other gatherings, assisting with alumni fundraising efforts, supporting alumni outcomes and story/editorial efforts. 
  • Provide support for events, including fundraising, cultivation, alumni events, and other school gatherings
  • Discretion and confidentiality at all times
  • Undergraduate degree and at least two years of fundraising experience, preferably in the educational environment
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and Google Suite, comfort with databases (Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge /RE NXT  database experience required), and insight into emergent technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, ability to multi-task
  • This position may require occasional evening and weekend work
Desired Qualities
  • Fundraising, constituent engagement, and/or customer service experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fun and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to manage short- and long-term projects
  • Ability to collaborate and work with administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers on a collegial basis
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact FCDS.  Please provide:
A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
A current résumé;
A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to:
No phone calls, please.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. FCDS does not provide visa sponsorship.

Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, all-boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Founded in 1936 by Laurence W. Gregory, the school has admitted only boys since its inception. As per our mission: Fairfield Country Day School provides an educational community dedicated to the development of impactful young leaders of character and purpose; ready to face the everyday challenges and pivotal turning points of their lifetime with confidence, courage and compassion. Its balanced and challenging program is designed to help each student expand his desire and ability to acquire knowledge, capture his imagination, stimulate his curiosity and creativity, and enhance his self-esteem and respect for others. Each boy’s individual growth is encouraged in an environment that anticipates the future while appreciating the past.

FCDS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FCDS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.