Would you like to have a really great portfolio of prospective donors? Are you interested in a position with personalized professional development opportunities where your professional aspirations are supported?
Sidwell Friends School is seeking Major Gifts Officers to join the expanding School Advancement team. The new Major Gifts Officers will be instrumental in the success of an aspirational comprehensive campaign currently in the leadership phase. The Major Gifts Officers are responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts ($100,000+) and Annual Fund leadership gifts ($10,000-$50,000). They will work with a manageable portfolio of prospective donors to determine their philanthropic interests related to the school’s fundraising goals through the Annual Fund, Endowment, Capital, and Planned Giving Programs. The Major Gift Officers are encouraged and expected to travel locally and long distance. Individual benchmarks to ensure the Major Gift Officers success will be created and regularly updated with the MGOs.
Partner with the Assistant Head of School for Advancement to determine strategies and action steps needed to identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major gift donors.
Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 125+ parents and alumni to ensure that timely steps are taken toward cultivation, solicitation, and closure of major gift proposals.
Plan and execute individualized targets of visits and solicitations per year.
Develop and implement individual strategies for cultivating and soliciting major and planned giving gift prospects for initiatives approved by the Board of Trustees. Prepare and submit goals that contain specific timelines, projected results, and outcomes.
Work with donors on multiple giving methods including current and deferred giving.
Create inspiring gift proposals through a working knowledge of Sidwell Friends School’s educational programs in order to effectively articulate the School’s priorities and fundraising objectives to donors.
Document all activity in the database and track personal and program goals.
Achieve personal fundraising and activity goals monthly, quarterly, and annually.
Attend all appropriate Advancement meetings as well as other school-related events as appropriate.
Work collaboratively with the Institutional Advancement staff to ensure appropriate coordination and communication.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher and a candidate with strong interpersonal, oral and written communication, and database skills.
Two years of experience in successfully cultivating and personally soliciting leadership or major gifts and experience with planned gifts is preferred.
Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development is also preferred.
Knowledge of educational fundraising culture is an asset and experience with higher education moves management systems is preferred.
This staff person should have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently. Significant travel is required.
About Sidwell Friends:
Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Founded in 1883, the PK-12, co-educational day School has campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland.
About Sidwell Friends School
Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1883, the School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
A Sidwell Friends education aims to help students become the leaders of the future. To that end, the School seeks qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ability to enhance the student experience and strengthen our community.
Sidwell Friends maintains a generous salary and benefits package that supports and rewards our employees while helping them to deepen their professional expertise and grow as individuals.
For teaching positions, a master’s degree and teaching experience in the field are preferred; a bachelor’s degree is required. For staff positions, we seek candidates with relevant experience, a commitment to excellence, and an enthusiasm for being a member of our vibrant and diverse community.