The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Sidwell Friends School in the search for two Major Gifts Officers.
Sidwell Friends School is seeking Major Gifts Officers to join an expanding School Advancement team. The Major Gifts Officers will be instrumental in the success of an aspirational comprehensive campaign currently in the leadership phase. The Major Gifts Officers will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift prospects ($100,000+) and Annual Fund leadership gifts ($10,000-$50,000). They will work with a manageable portfolio of prospective donors to align individual philanthropic interests with Sidwell’s fundraising priorities including annual operating support, endowment, capital, and planned giving programs.
The Major Gifts Officers will join a growing staff of committed, collegial, and enthusiastic team members working together to embark on the largest comprehensive campaign in the School’s history. This is an exciting time to be part of an effort that will have significant impact on Sidwell’s future and the future direction and success of its advancement program. Experienced Major Gifts Officers seeking to advance their fundraising careers have the opportunity to work with a portfolio of alumni and parents to accomplish something significant and meaningful in the nation’s capital.
Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Individually and collectively, Sidwell Friends challenges itself to pursue excellence in academic, athletic, and artistic realms. It is committed to the joys of exploration and discovery.
At Sidwell Friends, truth is not a rigid set of facts imparted from teacher to student. Instead, it is continuously revealed through dialogue, inquiry, and reflection. Whether in the classroom or in weekly silent worship, all voices are honored as the community of learners seeks truth together.
By nurturing children’s innate curiosity within a framework of Quaker values, Sidwell Friends encourages its students to live adventurous, imaginative, and ethical lives. Its students graduate not only with skills and knowledge but with an internal set of queries to guide them. In place of formal doctrine, students collaboratively generate guiding questions, or queries, as a means to examine their lives and measure their actions. Sidwell Friends students are actively engaged in the world and think critically about what is going on around them. Through a commitment to service, Sidwell Friends graduates students who are empathetic, collaborative, and reflective.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least two years of experience in successfully cultivating and personally soliciting leadership or major gifts or at least five years of fundraising or related experience. Experience with planned gifts is preferred as is an advanced degree. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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.