This full-time, salaried position (40 hours per week) provides broad-based support for the LSMSA Foundation, a non-profit organization that complements and supports the work of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. The Assistant Director of Development & External Relations reports to the Foundation Executive Director (ED) and will aid the ED’s vision to meet the Foundation’s revenue and programming goals, including assistance with event planning and prospect research. This position will have particular focus on alumni and parent relations.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Excellent research, planning, administrative, and organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to prioritize workload under fluctuating conditions
- Must be attentive to detail, creative, and have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- High level of discretion with sensitive information
- Proficiency in Microsoft suites
- Event planning experience
- Master’s degree in Communications, Non-profit Management, Public Relations, or a closely related field.
- Experience in Raisers Edge or other donor management software
- Experience with the Foundation Directory or other prospecting tools
- Experience in fundraising and development
- Comfort with public speaking
- Familiarity with alumni associations and parents’ groups
- Familiarity with Quickbooks
- Adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics
- Maintain strict donor confidentiality standards and practices
- Adhere to all Foundation policies including Document Destruction & Retention, Whistleblower, Conflict of Interest, Restricted Gifts, etc.
- Strive for the highest measures of integrity, transparency, and ethics in fundraising
- Assist the Executive Director with the creation, implementation and management of an annual fundraising plan in support of the Foundation’s mission and goals.
- Assist with annual appeals to existing and prospective donors by mail, email, and telephone.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of annual events. Attendance at some events will be required, including some evenings/weekends. Events include, but are not limited to, an annual evening phonathon, reunions, donor recognition events, board meetings, an annual weekend Board retreat and occasional alumni, parent, and grandparent gatherings.
- Assist the Executive Director with individual, corporate and foundation prospect research as needed. Assist in the preparation of letters of inquiry and grant proposals.
- Collaborate with LSMSA Alumni Association leadership and LSMSA to strengthen alumni relations.
- Collaborate with alumni and LSMSA staff to plan and execute annual reunions and On The Road events, including establishing fundraising goals for reunion classes.
- Support Alumni Association networking events through ticket sale support, calendar review/scheduling in alignment with LSMSA and Foundation events, email/website promotion, and occasional on-site attendance/support.
- Serve as the main liaison between LSMSA and the LSMSA Parents’ Council
- Collaborate with the Parents’ Council to help coordinate events. Help strengthen relations and increase giving and donor opportunities among current and past parents.
- Assist with annual Phonathon including recruiting, training, and supporting volunteer callers
- Serve as backup/secondary support to maintain and update the filing system, process weekly acknowledgement letters, pledge reminders, and other correspondence as needed
- Serve as backup/secondary support for queries and donor reports for board meetings, committee meetings, and other events as needed.
- Serve as backup/secondary support for entering gifts into donor database and Quickbooks
- Serve as backup/secondary support for check deposits
- Support ED in annual tasks related to financial audit
- Board of Trustee relations: assist the Executive Director with standing committees and quarterly board meeting preparation and execution.
- Supervisory responsibilities: Assist the Executive Director with supervising 3 – 6 Work Service students per semester.
- Travel required: Travel out of state 1 – 2 times per year for donor visits, events, and conferences. Travel in state 1 – 3 times per year.
- Be an active and visible member of the school community through participation and attendance at meetings and student events, and cooperation with faculty, residential life, and administrative offices.
- Additional duties as required.
This position requires the kind of teamwork, supervision, and personal interaction that cannot be had in a home office situation; therefore, regular and predictable on-site attendance is a job requirement.
How to apply
To apply, email cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to
. Position will remain open until filled. No calls please. Successful applicants will be required to submit to and pass a drug screening examination and a criminal background check that includes fingerprinting.
Location/Region: Natchitoches, LA