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Individual Giving and Special Events Manager

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Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
 
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, identifies young artists and writers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past award recipients including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
 
Students in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship opportunities.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 regional affiliates across the country to celebrate regional Award recipients and showcase their work. In areas where local partners are not available, students participate through Region-at-Large, which is managed by the Alliance’s national office in New York City. The Alliance’s national office also manages the New York City Scholastic Awards program. Top-level regional award recipients have their work considered for national-level recognition. National Medalists, their educators, and numerous program partners are celebrated in New York through a series of events, including an exhibition, public readings and presentations, and a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
 
THE OPPORTUNITY
 

To join a mission-driven team that finds and celebrates the best teen artists and writers in the nation and participate in the planning and implementation of our 2023 centennial.

 

SUMMARY

 

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Individual Giving and Special Events Manager helps achieve all fundraising objectives of the Alliance of Young Artists & Writers, with a special focus on individual giving, Gala fundraising, and special events.

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

INDIVIDUAL GIVING

  • Help the Director of Development to build short- and long-term strategies for individual giving and their implementation (including research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans). Strategy includes tailored plans for major donors, various individual constituents (such as Awards alumni, parents, educators, and Scholastic employees), and related Communications efforts that support the strategy.
  • Manage an assigned portfolio of current and prospective individual donors.
  • Prepare all individual giving research and briefing materials for major donor meetings.
  • Develop concept for and manage individual giving campaigns, including the Annual Fund solicitation. Duties include drafting appeal text and look; building solicitation lists; working with a mail house to send out mass appeals; sending out tailored individual appeals; conducting follow-ups; and producing acknowledgement letters.
  • Steward individual donors. Duties include: creating timely acknowledgement letters, reporting impact of contributions; and ensuring fulfillment of deliverables and proper recognition at major events, on printed materials, and on the website.
  • Assist the Development Director with Board management and development, Alumni relations and programs, and the Alliance’s 2023 Centennial Plan. 


GALA AND SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Serve as the primary point person for all fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the annual Benefit Gala with an aim to achieve financial goals and other organizational objectives. Duties include: planning, designing, and implementing event strategies and concepts; building and engaging Gala leadership, including Gala Chair(s), the Board, Scholastic volunteer leaders, and major donors; liaising with the event consultant and Scholastic event team; building and meeting detailed event schedules/timelines and budgets; creating, maintaining, and updating all invitation lists; conducting mailings of invitations, personal solicitations, and appeals; managing design, proofing, and production of all event deliverables including invitations, programs, digital presentations, and alumni awards; creating, managing, and documenting all donor correspondences; managing RSVPs and creating guest lists, event seating charts, and check-in lists; and implementing text-to-give and a reverse auction.
  • Responsible for the management and execution of all event logistics and operations of development-related events and development aspects of other Alliance events, including: the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition opening; the National Ceremony (VIP section); Special Achievement Award receptions; and cultivation events, among others.
  • Help develop other strategic fundraising and cultivation events and execute their implementation, including New York City and national events.


OPERATIONS

  • Help create an individual prospect tracking pipeline and manage updates.
  • Ensure accurate gift processing and timely acknowledgement of individual contributions.
  • Manage individual records in Donor Perfect database, including managing data hygiene, segmenting lists for communications and solicitation campaigns, maximizing tools (i.e. moves management) within the database to improve data collection, analysis, and fundraising process.
  • Create and manage budgets for individual giving projects, and strive to reach budgetary goals.
  • Assist the Director of Development, Executive Director, and the Alliance team as needed.

HOW YOU CAN FIT

  • A Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Three-to-five-year experience in a development, individual giving, or a special events office.
  • The proven ability to lead and successfully produce complex events for 300+ guests.
  • Meticulous attention to details, thoroughness, and information management.
  • Excellent research, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and bring tasks to successful completion while managing multiple projects and assignments.
  • Excellent sense of protocol and etiquette in all communications with Board members and donors.
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • The ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office skills.
  • Possess a basic understanding of budgets.

Application Instructions: 

 

Please include a cover letter with your application explaining why you're interested in the position and how you're qualified for it.

 

Some benefits that we offer: 


  • 100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment 
  • Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount 

 

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.

 

WHO WE ARE 

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

 

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