Franklin Academy is seeking a Development Associate to work collaboratively with the Director of Development and the Head of School to fulfill the responsibilities of the Development Office. This is a full-time salaried position that will include occasional weekends and evenings.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Use InResonance Generations program as Administrator
Manage database system including but not limited to
evaluate and correct constituent records to ensure accuracy
customize system with new fields, forms and page layouts
serve as an expert and primary resource on the database and assist with questions and problems
troubleshoot issues, provide recommendations, and implement solutions in the areas of data integrity standards, data quality and overall system usage
perform regular database maintenance
Manage, track, coordinate, and evaluate all annual giving, including new donor and potential donor mailings
Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters
Oversee the annual matching gift program
Develop and maintain administrative tools including strategic planning documents, prospect spreadsheets, tracking tools, cultivation calendars and timelines, and progress toward fundraising goals
Maintain the department operating budgets (income and expense) and reconcile monthly with the accounting department
Maintain prospect lists and help organize prospect meetings
Assist with the solicitations and other follow up calls to individuals, corporations, and foundations
Manage the department’s lists for mailings, acknowledgements, and recognition obligations
Assists with the annual auction and all other events
Work with Marketing Department to keep the website fresh, current, and interesting
Create and maintain donor communications calendar
Work with Marketing Department on donor communications to ensure annual messaging is on-point and targeted
Required Qualifications & Skills: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required; five years job related fundraising and development work experience, preferably in a fast-paced, non-profit environment and ideally in a private school; strong computer skills, proficient in MS Office Suite, particularly Excel; design software skills highly desired; strong financial/ math skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; flexibility with assignments and priorities; organizational skills with attention to detail; familiarity with FileMaker Pro; enthusiastic and positive outlook with a genuine interest in multiple aspects of fundraising; outgoing and resilient team-player.
Additional Salary Information: •Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
•Voluntary participation in health benefits, dental and vision plan, and life insurance
•Matched and supplemental retirement fund (TIAA-CREF)
•Meals in dining hall when open
Internal Number: 10
About The Franklin Academy, Inc.
Franklin Academy offers a college preparatory program designed for students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and other learning profiles. We serve boarding and day students in grades nine through twelve, and postgraduates. Ninety-five percent of students live on campus, and they come to us from across the country and around the world. The school’s approach to education is non-traditional, and the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum has a primary focus on skill development and the mastery of competencies that enables our students to be successful in college and beyond.
Franklin Academy is located in East Haddam, Connecticut along the beautiful and scenic Connecticut River. Our 75-acre rural campus is situated next to the 700-acre Chapman Pond Preserve, which runs along the river. We are located halfway between Old Saybrook on the Long Island shoreline and Middletown, which is the home of Wesleyan University. We are 40 minutes to Hartford and New Haven and 90 minutes to New York City and Boston.
Our Teachers are the “heart and soul” of Franklin Academy, and we look for teach...ing professionals who are eager to serve students with special needs. Our students are dedicated to learning, but they learn differently than typical students; most are auditory learners who struggle with visual/spatial and visual/motor demands. Given the needs of our students and the round-the-clock responsibilities of a boarding school, we acknowledge that Franklin Academy is not the right school for every educator. However, for aspiring educators who want to learn how to teach, for veterans who want to learn new teaching strategies, and for every teacher who wants to make a positive difference in their students’ lives, Franklin Academy is a great place to live and work.
Our students present a unique set of neurological and behavioral characteristics that make success unlikely in a traditionally structured school environment. Franklin Academy’s task has been to develop a program that allows our students to thrive. Since our program does not fit neatly into a traditional boarding school paradigm, a language-based learning disabilities program, or a more therapeutically structured setting, we have borrowed elements and best practices from all three types of programs, molding useful components into a thoughtfully integrated structure to produce a program that is “gestalt based.” We do not compartmentalize components, differentiating the academic and residential programs; rather, we embrace a holistic philosophy to address each student’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning, identifying what a student needs to learn in order to be successful in college and life.
If you would like more information about the school, please feel free to visit our website at www.fa-ct.org. Thank you very much for your interest in Franklin Academy. We look forward to hearing from you.