Staff

Alumni Relations Manager

The Alumni Relations Manager is responsible for successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program for Cranbrook Academy of Art (the Academy) to increase the Academy’s outreach to alumni and to increase alumni support as donors, advocates and volunteers.  The Alumni Relations Manager maintains accurate alumni data, outreach efforts to alumni and their families (via newsletters, web and social networking) and assists in identifying alumni for the Academy’s recruitment efforts.  The position serves as a liaison to the Alumni Circle Committee. 

Responsibilities include: Successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program. Proactively identifying and successfully implementing opportunities and strategies for engagement and cultivation of individual Academy alumni or groups of alumni through research, communications, on- and off-campus events and personal visits by representatives of the Academy. Proactively consulting and successfully working with the Academy's Director of Development and the Marketing and Communications team to develop appropriate and regular communications for alumni cultivation, recognition and engagement. Maintaining on Cranbrook databases accurate and complete alumni information, including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, significant accomplishments, employment information, and family information.

Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in alumni relations, customer relations, development, communications/public relations or comparable employment experience is required, with demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically in order to successfully accomplish goals and objectives.  Experience must demonstrate a record of successful alumni or customer relations, management or fundraising skills.  Must also demonstrate ability to write effective letters, introductions, proposals, acknowledgements, and alumni/donor communications.  Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are required in order to work successfully with high level alumni, Board members, and other internal and external constituents.  Personal computer literacy and understanding of computerized relational database operations and ability to perform data management, retrieval and analysis are essential. Experience working in an educational institution is preferred. Demonstrated experience with The Raiser's Edge or Senior Systems software is a plus.  A graduate degree  from Cranbrook Academy of Art or another accredited graduate art or design program is also a plus.  


Director of Development                                                                                      

The Director of Development for Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB) is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program for HUB, including annual giving, corporate and foundation support, major and planned giving, and special events.  The Director reports to Director of Horizons Upward Bound and the Chief Advancement Officer, and receives strategic development assistance from the Director of Development for Cranbrook Schools.  This position has a critical role in the successful operation of HUB and in meeting its financial and program goals and objectives and those of Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC). Responsibilities include: Develop and implement a comprehensive development program for Horizons-Upward Bound, including short- and long-term goals and strategies for all areas of fundraising. Successfully direct the planning, execution and evaluation of the annual giving program for HUB, including donor solicitations and acknowledgements and statistical reports and analyses, and ensure that they are conducted for approved purposes, in compliance with CEC policies and procedures, and meet HUB’s programmatic, development, and budget expectations and goals. Initiate, prepare, and submit all proposals to foundations and corporations for grant or sponsorship support for HUB’s priority needs and financial goals; work with HUB’s Director and Program Manager to successfully meet all reporting requirements in conjunction with all foundation and corporate grants or awards; identify new foundation and corporate sources of funding for HUB; and provide regular statistical reports and analyses on foundation and corporate support as requested. And more. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field is strongly preferred, and three to five years of fundraising experience is required.  To successfully perform the functions of this position, computer proficiency is required, especially in Word and Excel for letter mail merges, Power Point web based applications, mass emails and donor software programs for prospect contact management.


Director of Annual Fund

Primary responsibility is the strategic execution, management, and growth of our annual giving program, including communication and solicitation through direct mail, email, phone-a-thon, personal visitation and volunteer engagement. The Director also provides mentorship and direction to annual giving staff in the context of growing the annual giving program while supporting broader development and campaign goals for alumni and parent relations. Will cultivate and model best practices in the areas of gift processing, data management and donor relations related to annual giving to ensure that the Schools remains a leader among its peers in terms of dollars raised, participation, and leadership giving, and internally in terms of data integrity, solicitation and timely donor stewardship.Requirements: Bachelors degree with a minimum of five to seven years of experience in fund development required. Understanding of the fundamental principles and practices associated with annual giving, including face-to-face solicitations, direct mail, telephone solicitations, and stewardship. Independent school experience preferred. Management experience preferred, with emphasis on mentorship. Valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Additional qualifications include: Collaborative, dynamic individual with seasoned fundraising skills. Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all constituents including staff, administration, volunteers, donors and Board members. Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities. Experience in identifying, training, and working with volunteers. Experience managing successful Annual Fund program during a campaign preferred. Commitment to the school and its mission, program, and future aspirations.


Director of Development

Cranbrook Institute of Science, a leading Midwestern museum of Natural History and Science located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is seeking a dynamic and driven Head of Development to lead and further develop our fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major donors as well as corporate and foundation prospects for Cranbrook Institute of Science.  With the direct support of the Institute’s Director, funding will be sought for exhibition and program sponsorships, endowment, capital projects and high-end annual fund gifts. Gift ranges will typically be $10,000 and up. Responsibilities include: developing and implementing short and long-term plans to secure major gift support for targeted constituencies; coordinating and executing personal solicitations of major donors; ongoing identification and cultivation of major gift prospects; maintaining prospect-tracking systems and working closely with other Cranbrook divisions on fundraising activities. This position reports directly to the Institute Director, a full partner in the Institute’s fundraising efforts, and oversees a staff of two full time development colleagues. Requirements: An interest in and passion for the Institute’s mission is key. The successful candidate will have earned a Bachelors Degree or higher and will possess a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably within a museum, cultural or educational institution.  Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are critical. The personality and drive to steward major donors, high-level volunteers and others is a must.  Development database proficiency is a necessity as is a strong knowledge of our region’s philanthropic landscape, particularly SE Michigan.


Schools Executive Assistant

Provides administrative support and assists in the administration and coordination of the office of the Head of the Girls Middle School. Acts as liaison between faculty, parents, students, parent organizations, Dean and the Head. Responsibilities include: Process all communications, documents, reports and related materials as directed. Responsibility for faculty and parental secretarial support and reception. Process invoices, billings, reimbursements, and other financial matters as determined by Head. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of financial accounts as delegated by the Head. Process purchase requisitions. Process and reconcile GMS P-Card statements. Prepare and distribute daily bulletin and GMS printed communications including push-pages. Organize and maintain student records and other pertinent files. Process student progress reports. Monitor supply levels and order as needed to replenish school stock. Process incoming and outgoing telephone calls with appropriate dispatching and follow-through. Requirements: High School Diploma with appropriate courses in secretarial science including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, word processing, database, spreadsheet and bookkeeping (Associate’s Degree in business administration or secretarial science preferred). 5 years experience providing administrative support at a senior management level, preferably in a school setting with knowledge of a larger-than-single school operation. Love of children, school setting, teachers, staff, parents, and the educational process. Precision typing of letters, documents, and other materials which require accuracy, speed, and clarity. Excellent grammar, writing and diction skills for frequent formulation and proofreading of letters, memos, and written parent and teacher communication. A pleasant manner with well-modulated voice for effective phone and in-person communication with children, teachers, parents, and guests. An ability to work effectively and skillfully with a multitude of people and in an environment with frequent interruptions. Flexibility, patience, sense of humor, confidence, and the ability to be pleasantly firm in a lively, dynamic and multifaceted office that is the focal point for the school. An ability to perform responsibilities with appropriate discretion and independent judgment. This is a full-time school session position working from August through June.