Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations

The School for Field Studies

Posted: 11/13/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Beverly

Postal code: 01915

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the social and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Title:
Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Headquarters, Beverly, MA – USA

Reports To:

Job Summary:
The Director, in cooperation with the SFS President, Board of Trustees, and senior SFS staff, is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing strategies to generate financial aid for SFS students, financial support for organizational growth and capacity building, and funding for field-based research projects.  The Director oversees and/or directly manages all aspects of SFS fundraising efforts including the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, prospect research, grants administration, major and planned giving, and development communications.

Major Responsibilities:
Annual Fund
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of the SFS annual giving program from concept to completion. Includes preparing an action plan with funding goals, content, audience, timing, and channel (mail, e-mail, social media)
  • Oversee and participate in donor acknowledgement and stewardship initiatives
  • Work with outside vendors as necessary to manage all aspects of production and mail services
Corporate & Foundation Relations
  • Identify and research new corporate and foundation prospects
  • Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for specific prospects
  • Write and/or assist field and/or HQ staff in development of proposals to corporate and private foundations
  • Track grant reporting and stewardship and ensure all responsibilities are met
Major and Planned Giving
  • Identify and conduct research on individual prospects with the potential to make a major or planned gift to SFS
  • In cooperation with the SFS President and Board of Trustees, develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and proposal strategies for specific individual major gift prospects (may involve travel)
  • Manage prospect tracking systems to ensure that all stewardship and reporting responsibilities are met by responsible parties
Communications for Development and Alumni Relations
  • Implement an effective communication strategy for SFS constituents with the goal of developing financial resources for SFS
  • Write and distribute alumni and donor e-mails and e-newsletters
  • Write and produce SFS annual report and other donor-focused print and web collateral (such as calendars, cards, brochures, etc.)
  • Ensure that the Giving and Alumni sections of the website are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Develop short profiles of key alumni, parents, and donors for use on SFS website and other publications
  • Manage the SFS LinkedIn page and promote its use among alumni, post relevant content
Gift Processing and Database Management
  • Design and manage online giving presence, including the creation of forms
  • Enter donations into the database and send acknowledgments with appropriate tax receipting, including the employee giving and sustainers program
  • Liaise with the Finance team on monthly reconciliation of donations
  • Oversee the rollover of students into the database following the completion of their program
Events and Volunteer Activities
  • Coordinate special volunteer, social, and fundraising events including the annual scholarship luncheon held in New York
Liaison to the SFS Board of Trustees
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Board
  • Oversee annual appeal and capital solicitations to the Trustees
  • Participate with Chair and President in identifying and cultivating prospective new Board members
Strategic Planning and Administration
  • Participate in institutional planning, and consult regularly with senior SFS staff to ensure coordination of programmatic objectives and funding priorities
  • Produce annual fundraising plan that includes specific achievement schedules and goals for annual, foundation/corporation and major/planned giving campaigns
  • Report on fundraising progress to the President and SFS Trustees
  • Collaborate on special projects with SFS Trustees, President and senior staff
  • Collaborate with Information Technology Director to develop, improve, and manage the database
  • Create and manage departmental budgets (development and alumni).



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Progressively responsible experience in alumni relations, relationship management or related field
  • Ability to problem solve and set priorities and achieve timely progress toward goals
  • Must possess initiative, be detailed-oriented, creative, efficient and able to handle diversified tasks concurrently
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion while engaged with individuals and groups
  • Demonstrated ability to operate with a high degree of independence, judgment, consistency, and discretion
  • Excellent communications skills, bother written and oral
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Preferred qualifications:
  • Familiarity with SFS
  • Experience with iModules and Blackbaud


Salary is negotiable. The position will be filled at the Director or Manager level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  Comprehensive benefits package included.  See website for details

FLSA Status:


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To Apply:
Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume online at
References will be required upon request.
Equal Opportunity Employer


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