St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT serving 585 students in grades 5 through 12, who come from 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. St. Luke’s exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges.
Mark Davis, the current Head of School, has deeply impacted and elevated the trajectory of the School during his 20-year tenure. Now, planning for his retirement in June 2022, St. Luke’s is both celebrating past successes while looking forward to the momentum and ambition of current and incoming leadership.
St. Luke’s Mission:
An exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead.
St. Luke’s Middle School
St. Luke's fifth grade is a safe and secure bridge through the changes and occasional turbulence that accompany adolescence. From day one, teachers and students form trusting relationships. They create a haven that becomes a springboard into new adventures beyond the comforts and beautiful memories of the fifth-grade hallway.
As students transition to seventh and then eighth grade, St. Luke’s dedicated Middle School teachers get to know each individual student, identifying strengths and guiding students to do and be more. Small class sizes ensure that each student plays an active role in the learning process. Step by step, students build confidence, form friendships, and succeed in all areas, on the playing field, on the stage, and in the classroom.
St. Luke’s Upper School
Upper School students take ownership of the learning process, both individually and collaboratively. Passionate about education, accomplished faculty set high academic standards and forge strong relationships with students in their additional roles as advisors and coaches. The St. Luke’s experience is defined by a rigorous academic program balanced with innovative lessons, service opportunities, technology, and programs that extend and promote learning beyond the classroom. As students gain a broad base of knowledge through their courses, the School’s Signature Programs support student-led learning on a local or global scale, in the science lab or on Shakespeare’s stage.
By the time they graduate, Upper School students are becoming ethical leaders, insightful scholars, winning athletes, and talented artists. They demonstrate integrity, strength of character, curiosity, open-mindedness, and a sense of social responsibility. Confident in who they are and who they want to be, students leave St. Luke’s fully prepared for their next endeavors.
Reputation and Financial Position
Through the strategic efforts of the Board of Trustees, and the generosity of the St. Luke’s community, the School’s endowment is now valued at $40M. All campus buildings are new or have been recently refurbished, and faculty compensation is in the top quartile as compared to its Westchester County and Fairfield County peer schools. St. Luke’s graduates are known throughout the tri-state area to be high-achieving and service-oriented. With these assets St. Luke’s is in an impressively strong position. Current parents and alumni alike have reported exceptionally high satisfaction with St. Luke’s response to and handling of the pandemic, remaining more invested than ever in the School’s future.
About the Position
The Associate Director, Individual Giving role offers a remarkable opportunity for a high-performing frontline fundraiser to join an established and growing team of dedicated and professional fundraisers. The position offers a robust portfolio of individual donors and the partnership of an energized and accessible leadership team and Board of Trustees. The Associate Director, Individual Giving will be joining the School at an opportune time, benefiting from the momentum of an upcoming legacy raise, a new strategic plan, and a promising transition in School leadership.
Reporting to Jon Jodka, Director of Development, the ADIG will focus on discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and closure of major and annual gifts by building a pipeline of individuals with the capacity to help meet St. Luke's fundraising objectives. They will develop a portfolio consisting of both current parents and alumni, from well cultivated and engaged donors to high potential prospects ready for qualification and meaningful engagement.
Manage and develop a portfolio to generate significant contributions to the School:
Cultivate, solicit, and close major gifts and annual gifts from a portfolio of 150 prospects and donors
Build and expand the engagement of St. Luke’s School's leadership prospect pool; identify strategies and opportunities to align prospects with various School priorities
Achieve annual activity goals and meet or exceed individual and team revenue goals
Partner with colleagues to ensure clear communication throughout the cultivation and solicitation processes
Build strategic and collaborative relationships with partners across the St. Luke’s community:
Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of St. Luke's School strategic priorities and goals
Create opportunities to engage the Head of School, Trustees, volunteers, faculty, and staff members in the cultivation and solicitation of current and potential donors
Authentically engage in faculty culture and campus life
3-5 years of frontline, donor facing major gift experience
Record of success cultivating, soliciting, and closing 4-5+ figure gifts from individuals
Authentic communicator and relationship builder
Goal-oriented and metrics and data-driven
Collaborative and communicative team contributor
Demonstrated cultural competency
High level of comfort with pipeline and prospect management systems
Knowledge of Microsoft Office required, Google Suite a plus
Strong organization skills and attention to detail
Self-motivated with a high level of accountability
Ability and desire to travel regionally and nationally
Experience fundraising for private education institutions
Record of success with alumni and parent donors
Experience with capital or comprehensive campaigns
About St. Luke's School
St. Luke’s School is a secular, college-preparatory day school serving grades 5 through 12. Located in New Canaan, Connecticut, St. Luke’s attracts families from 25 towns throughout Connecticut and New York. A combination of challenging academics and truly exceptional community support distinguishes St. Luke’s and encourages our students to go above and beyond their own expectations. St. Luke’s offers an inclusive environment where differences in race, culture, and personal beliefs are embraced as assets that enhance education. St. Luke’s prides itself on being a forward-thinking school and home to the Center For Leadership - where students hone their own distinct leadership skills by developing a Design mindset, an Inclusive ethos, a Global perspective, and a Service orientation.
St. Luke’s School is an equal opportunity employer. St. Luke’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law with regard to hiring, terms and conditions of employment or educational programs. We strive to provide a welcoming educational environment where the value and dignity of every member is respected.