Annual Fund Officer

Red Cloud Indian School, Inc.

| Pine Ridge, SD | April 15, 2019

The mission of Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota People, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes the values of the Lakota Culture. We strive to educate both the minds and the hearts of the 600 Lakota students we serve, developing the Lakota leaders of tomorrow who will become agents of social change on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Additionally, we minister to the needs of the students’ families through ten churches across the Reservation, and we provide cultural education, heritage tourism, and economic development through a vast collection of Native art at The Heritage Center.

Position Summary: Red Cloud Indian School is seeking to fill the position of Annual Fund Officer at a time of unprecedented growth in the organization’s advancement efforts. Currently, we are quietly moving through a multi-year campaign to provide programmatic and capital improvements and endowment security for Red Cloud Indian School so that the impact that is being provided today will be available for future generations. In collaboration with other individual giving staff, the Annual Fund Officer will be responsible for continuing to solicit funding toward meeting the institution’s approximately $14 million in annual operating expenses,

The Annual Fund Officer will be instrumental in continuing to develop a solid framework for the future stability of the organization’s major gift effort with individual donors who gift $250 – $1,000+ annually. The primary emphasis is on maintaining an active schedule of contacts per month, moving potential donors appropriately toward solicitation and closure, and maintaining stewardship contact with donors. This position will be to help migrate donors within this level and into the portfolio of the Leadership Gift Officer and Chief Advancement Office who manage gifts at a larger level. They will also strategically examine our extensive database of donors to determine best prospects to lift through these levels.

This position will work in tandem with staff who solicit larger and smaller gifts as part of Red Cloud’s Leadership Society and direct mail program. Central to the role will be educating donors about Red Cloud Indian School, engaging them, and soliciting their partnership through an active schedule of stewardship and appeals, recognition, phone calls, visits, and events. Some nationwide travel may be required. They will work most closely with the President, Leadership Gift Officer, Chief Advancement Officer, and other advancement staff to align strategy and operations of their work. They will also interface with members of the Board of Trustees and other key constituents to build the network of support.

The ideal candidate for this position has a proven track record in strategic fundraising, understands the needs and interests of leadership and major donors, and is a sophisticated, passionate communicator, committed to going out and getting gifts.

Ideally the Officer will work on-site at Red Cloud Indian School. However, candidates may be considered should they be able to travel to campus on regular basis.

Principal duties:
• Work closely with Red Cloud’s leadership and each major gift officer to create and carry out strategies and departmental goals for solicitation and stewardship of an active portfolio of high net worth individuals. This will include proactive cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities, integrating support requests into long-term relationship strategies primarily through mail & phone calls. This position will also support and attend regional events and advise senior staff on donor visits.
• Research, write, edit, and oversee the preparation of persuasive and accurate solicitations, correspondence and other materials communicating to donors and prospects reflecting a strategic understanding of Red Cloud Indian School’s priorities and projects, and maintaining familiarity with education, social justice, and arts issues.
• Set and monitor with others annual revenue targets for major gifts, developing regular updates on institutional donor revenue for leadership and Board of Directors.
• Officer would lead the mechanics of the Leadership Society.
• Make numerous decisions on cultivation time committed vs. expected gift response, determine key participants in prospect and donor relationships and decide the most effective and productive use of travel time (as needed) to achieve annual fundraising goals.
• Make timely and effective use of Red Cloud’s records management resources to ensure appropriate records management of donors and prospects, developing regular updates.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Desired Knowledge and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher. Master’s preferred.
• At least two years of progressive experience in advancement efforts. Demonstrated success in data management, donor solicitation, gift closing and stewardship.
• Able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic advancement plans.
• Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage and operate with multi-functional or diverse areas.
• Excellent communication and writing skills: ability to gather understand and synthesize information from a variety of sources and articulate the organization’s mission, program objectives, and resource needs persuasively to potential donors.
• Strong strategic, analytical and project management skills with a demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
• Creative and entrepreneurial with strategic problem-solving skills.
• Superb networking, teamwork and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders.
• High level of maturity and motivation, with a firm commitment and ability to develop high quality and time sensitive work products and prioritize major donor prospects.
• Able to nurture, empower, and work effectively with diverse members of the staff of Red Cloud Indian School.
• Previous experience in education, museums, and/or social justice and strong dedication to Red Cloud’s mission.
• Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google products and project management databases, and 1-2 years of experience with The Raiser’s Edge.

To apply, interested candidates should submit the following materials:

• Cover letter expressing interest in Red Cloud Indian School, aligning your skills and experiences to your understanding of the position
• Current resume with all dates included
• A copy of Red Cloud’s employment form found online


Please submit your completed application to:

Director of Human Resources
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Red Cloud Indian School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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