Philanthropy Manager

Founded in 1924, the Foundation of the International School of Geneva, commonly known as Ecolint educates 4500 students aged from 3-18 representing over 130 nationalities. Each of our eight schools is dedicated to the development of seven life-worthy, future-ready global competences: we develop lifelong learning, self-agency, the ability to interact with the world, with others and with resources so as to develop transdisciplinary, multiliterate thinking. Through this, we drive our mission, which is to educate students to be global citizens with the courage and capacity to create a just and joyful tomorrow together. Ecolint is built on strong humanitarian values and prides itself on its long history of pedagogical innovation, including the creation of the Model United Nations system and the International Baccalaureate. We have around 1250 employees representing more than 60 nationalities, united as one core of dynamic professionals, committed to our mission.
Application closing date18/06/2023
Starting Dateasap

To complete our team, we are looking for a:

Philanthropy Manager
Full-time – 40 Hours


Job Purpose:

The primary objective of this role is to foster a strong culture of philanthropy within the broader Ecolint community and maximise donations in support of Ecolint's mission and strategic plan. As the Philanthropy Manager, you will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive annual regular giving programme across the Foundation while collaborating with other development colleagues to support major giving initiatives. We are seeking a skilled communicator who is genuinely passionate about delivering an exceptional experience to our supporters, and supporting our mission to "educate students to be global citizens with the courage and capacity to create a just and joyful tomorrow together".


Main Responsibilities:

This dynamic and diverse role encompasses various responsibilities, including preparing effective fundraising appeals and materials, engaging with existing and potential supporters through face-to-face meetings and events, and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders across the foundation. Key activities include:

Fundraising Strategy and Activities

  • Oversee and execute an enhanced ‘Annual Fund’ regular giving programme across all three campuses, ensuring high participation from parents, staff and alumni, and achieving year-on-year growth.
  • Adopt a donor-centric approach to maximise engagement and retention of individual supporters through prompt acknowledgments, excellent stewardship, and establishing effective donor journeys.
  • Review and report on KPIs and giving trends on a regular basis and use quantitative and qualitative evidence to inform the strategic development of Ecolint’s regular giving programme. 
  • Conduct research on current and prospective donors to identify and prioritise fundraising opportunities, with a particular emphasis on alumni.
  • Develop and manage a personal portfolio of mid-level donors.
  • Assist in the development of in memoriam and legacy giving schemes.

Fundraising Communications

  • Lead the development and production of all Ecolint fundraising appeals, including direct mail, email, and digital campaigns.
  • Oversee the creation and production of impact reports and other communication materials (both print and digital) to keep our supporters informed and engaged.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to update the Support Us sections of the Ecolint website.

Community Engagement

  • Organise a series of cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship events throughout the year across all three campuses to support Ecolint's Annual Fund and major giving initiatives.
  • Cultivate strong working relationships with each campus' Parent Teacher Association and Campus Advisory Board, fostering collaboration in support of Ecolint's broader community engagement and fundraising objectives.

Fundraising Administration

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records on Ecolint's CRM system (Salesforce) and ensure data consistency at all times.
  • Collaborate with relevant colleagues (finance, marketing, and communications) to develop new online giving channels, optimising the donor journey.
  • Collaborate with the Data Administrator to produce monthly and quarterly reports, to inform progress against KPIs and strategy development.


Candidate requirements:

The successful candidate must be ambitious, relationship-focused, and capable of meeting deadlines and targets.

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in fundraising or cause-related marketing and communications, preferably within an educational setting.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to create compelling appeals.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a natural inclination to be a team player.
  • Exceptional organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a complex working environment.
  • Previous experience in successful event management.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and efficiently as part of a small team, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Experience working with a CRM system, preferably Salesforce
  • Commitment to continuous learning, skills development, and openness to new ideas.
  • Fluent English, with a good working knowledge of French.

Candidates are requested to apply online attaching their CV, three references (one of which must be from their current or most recent employer, who can be contacted should the candidate be selected for an interview), and a covering letter. The application must be addressed to Alix de Mauny, International School of Geneva, by 18th June 2023 mentioning the reference number 130 896.



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The International School of Geneva values and encourages diversity among its staff. As such, we welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. The School is seriously committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All successful candidates will be subject to rigorous conduct and child protection checks appropriate to their position, including prior checks with their previous employers and the authorities.