Director of Annual Giving

Full Time
9 months ago


  • Lead the Head-Royce Annual Fund campaign to exceed the School’s $1.7M+ Annual Fund goal and grow the program to new heights.
  • Work closely with the Director of Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations to design the strategy, messaging, and calendar for the Annual Fund, including concentrated efforts such as our fall GIVETober campaign, GivingTuesday, and spring Day of Giving.
  • Recruit, train, and motivate fundraising volunteers and manage a multi-tiered Annual Fund volunteer structure.
  • Write and edit Annual Fund appeals and collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to design electronic and print marketing materials.
  • Serve as a key member of the Leadership Giving team, building the major gift pipeline through identification, cultivation, and solicitation of leadership Annual Fund gifts.
  • Supervise gift processing operations to ensure timely, accurate, and compelling gift acknowledgements
  • Design and implement donor cultivation and stewardship events and assist with other Advancement Office events as needed.
  • Oversee monthly reports and analysis on Annual Fund performance, metrics and statistics for the Director of Advancement, Head of School, and the Board of Trustees Development Committee.
  • Serve as the School's primary liaison to the Parents Association, ensuring that PA community-building and fundraising efforts are aligned with overall school objectives.
  • Partner with the Executive Director of the Heads Up program to implement annual fundraising for this long standing program for first-generation, college-bound students of color in Oakland public schools.
  • Other duties as assigned; some travel, as well as evening and weekend work required.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success with a minimum of 5+ years in nonprofit fundraising, development, or a related field. Experience juggling multiple projects with overlapping timelines.
  • Demonstrated skill planning and executing events. Experience engaging and motivating volunteers.
  • Advanced computer skills and knowledge of Raiser's Edge or relevant fundraising software. Resourceful, energetic, and results-driven.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with trustees, parents, members of the professional community (i.e., faculty, administrators, and staff), and volunteers.
  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree a plus.
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community, be a good communicator and have prior experience in independent schools.
  • Previous experience in a development role, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and be able to prioritize multiple demands.
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to work collaboratively within a team.


Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • High degree of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes.
  • Team player who believes that working hard and having fun go hand-in-hand.
  • Unrelenting desire to learn and improve your practice.
  • Strong skills in a Mac environment and with Google-based applications, including Gmail, Google Drive, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to provide proof of Covid Vaccination (including booster if applicable) and Livescan and TB clearance.


Head-Royce School Overview

Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school in our 136 year. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.


Head-Royce enrolls 900 students in the three separate divisions Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the school’s current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being and carefully stewarding our resources.


Other Considerations

  • Compensation: $100-115k salary range
  • Location: Oakland, California
  • Travel: Light, though professional development conferences possible
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required
  • Start Date: Oct 15, 2023/ASAP
  • Website:


To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact the consultants in confidence. Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents:

  • 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:

Sara Shulman, Consultant,
Cathy Shelburne, Consultant,


Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Head-Royce School seeks to be a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity, courtesy and respect.

4315 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California 94602