Annual Fund Manager
Ridley College (Canada)
St. Catharines, ON
Position Title: Annual Fund Manager, Development


Founded in 1889, Ridley College is a co-educational boarding and day school with over 700 students in JK to grade 12 from more than 50 countries worldwide. The Ridley experience integrates a traditional liberal arts education with individual learning enhanced by the principles of positive psychology, the International Baccalaureate continuum program, a learner-driven culture and campus community, exceptional athletics and dynamic arts programs, and a commitment of service to others. This unique combination prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

Ridley College is located on 90 acres in St. Catharines, Ontario in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and is comprised of a stunning blend of century-old buildings housing modernized technology.


Ridley offers the prospect of being part of a high-performance team in a nourishing workplace community that encourages collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, and curious minds, and where grit and perseverance are assets. Joining the team at Ridley means you are committed to life-long learning and development, have integrity, and value being of service in a richly diverse community. We cultivate the full potential in each of our students by having a caring, committed and world-class team. Attracting, developing and retaining people who thrive in Ridley’s positive education culture that recognizes and celebrates individual strengths is critical to our success.


Assist the Director of Development with establishing strategies to meet the goals for the Annual Fund as communicated by the Director of Development;
Develop a year-long schedule for the timing of all Annual Fund events and activities;
Oversee all Annual Fund appeal activities, such as phonathons, coffee mornings, personal visits, meetings, etc, including the preparation of any materials, scheduling volunteers, coordinating facility arrangements, evaluation, and acknowledgment of volunteers;
Track all Annual Fund activity and prepare statistical and analytical reports for the Director of Development;
Coordinate the process of identifying, recruiting and training volunteer leadership for Annual Fund program and create an Annual Fund Committee of volunteers representing the various constituent groups of the school;
With the Communications office, assist in developing the marketing strategy, preparing a schedule, and recommending materials for the Annual Fund, including texts of letters, brochures, e-mails, etc;
Oversee specific and strategic Annual Fund giving programs, segmented to address the different constituents (alumni, parents – current and past, faculty/staff, young alumni and grad class, grandparents, suppliers);
Develop and implement strategies to increase participation levels from parents, alumni, and international families;
Assist in ongoing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship moves;
Assist with the process in the identification of appropriate annual fund projects, working with the Senior Leadership Team;
Work with specific users and stakeholders, providing ongoing updates on projects from start to completion;
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development;

Minimum bachelor’s degree;
CFRE certification or on track to CFRE certification desired;
3-5 years of experience in fundraising, preferably in education;
Experience with a fundraising database, preferably Raiser’s Edge;
Demonstrated experience and understanding of the donor cultivation cycle;
Knowledge of AFP’s “Donor Bill of Rights” and Ethical Standards;
Experience working with and managing volunteers;
Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office;
Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, collaboration and communication skills;
High degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
Creative problem-solving skills coupled with solid judgment;
Professionalism, energy, passion, and commitment necessary to achieve the responsibilities of this position;
Independent school experience is an asset.

Ridley College offers a positive and inclusive workplace community with a competitive compensation package; innovative, challenging and rewarding opportunities; a learning environment that promotes professional development and personal growth; active community involvement; and, a beautiful campus setting in the heart of Niagara that engages and inspires our employees to flourish.

As a condition of employment, a satisfactory Vulnerable Persons Screening Report must be provided. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Ridley College is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible and equitable environment where everyone feels respected, valued and supported. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are selected to participate in the recruitment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used in order to ensure your equal participation.

“We inspire flourishing lives to transform our globe.”