The Madeira School is one of the country's premier boarding/day schools for girls with a century of serving the needs of a wide variety of young women from around the country and the world. Located just outside of Washington, DC, on the banks of the Potomac River, in McLean, VA, Madeira enrolls 320 students in grades 9-12.
The Madeira School Development Office seeks an individual to join a dynamic office of a leading independent school. The Major Gifts Officer will manage a major gifts fund-raising plan, with an emphasis on individual donor relationships, solicitation activities, and stewardship of high-capacity prospects. This individual should possess a commitment to The Madeira School’s mission, have a passion for education, and have the ability and talent to successfully work with colleagues, alumnae, parents, volunteers, and other members of the Madeira community.
Management of major gift portfolio of approximately 125 alumnae and parents.
Analysis of prospect research and development of strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans
Achievement of key metrics, including minimum of 30 face-to-face visits per quarter
Working knowledge of moves management and familiarity with fundraising software; preferably The Raiser’s Edge
Communication and advocacy on behalf of the needs of the School
Completion of contact reports and other pertinent information following donor visits
Coordination of appointments, including travel arrangements and reservations
Participation in School and development-related meetings, events and other special projects
Some evening and weekend work including time in support of the residential life program; extensive travel
Requirements: The successful candidate will be a creative goal and team-oriented individual who can work independently and will appreciate and thrive in an independent school environment.
Five to ten years of significant Development experience
Demonstrated success in personally securing major gifts of $50,000 or more from individuals, corporations and foundations
Experience and familiarity with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred (Moves Management a plus)
Familiarity with educational institutions, preferably independent schools
Appreciation of and commitment to boarding and single sex education, diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to persuasive and to motivate; ability to be diplomatic
Strong analytical and organizational skills; attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and good judgment
Demonstrated ability to prioritize work; results-oriented
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends; travel required
Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 320 girls in grades 9 through 12. The 376-acre campus is located 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia. Madeira’s challenging academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, like the award winning Co-Curriculum program, cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities.