The Governor’s Academy is at an exciting point in the school’s history. We will soon celebrate the public phase of a comprehensive campaign, and the Academy is poised to secure new capital gifts in support of campaign priorities. The Academy seeks an experienced development professional ready and willing to embrace this unique opportunity in our history and be an integral member of the team positioning the Academy for the future. This development professional will play an essential role in advancing the Academy’s mission and educating its constituency about institutional priorities and the importance of philanthropic support through both major outright and deferred gifts to the school.
The Leadership and Planned Gifts Officer will focus on qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership gift prospects and donors. The development of long-term relationships will maximize gifts to the Academy from existing and prospective donors. This position will work in close collaboration with other members of the development team to meet the Academy’s fund-raising and engagement objectives. The Leadership and Planned Gifts Officer reports to the Director of Leadership Gifts.
The successful candidate will be a strategic, energetic, and highly motivated development professional with proven skills to join our leadership gifts team. We seek candidates who can communicate effectively with diverse populations, and are dedicated to working in a diverse educational community. This position requires leadership skills, as well as the desire to be part of a team-oriented environment. The Leadership and Planned Gifts Officer is responsible for an assigned portfolio of donors and cultivating and soliciting new prospects. Required skills include demonstrated experience soliciting gifts of five, six, and seven figures, and sound knowledge of the full spectrum of development practices, principles, and activities. This includes a strong understanding of gift policies, solicitation strategies, stewardship, donor recognition, administration, volunteer management, and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively to fundraising projects.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and execute strategies to enhance engagement and secure support from individuals at the leadership gift level ($50,000 to $1,000,000+), as part of comprehensive fundraising processes.
Qualify, cultivate, steward, and solicit a pool of approximately 150 assigned prospects, while establishing long-term donor relationships. Schedule and complete between 100-120 prospect visits per year, requiring travel up to 50% time.
Prepare reports, briefings materials, correspondence, proposals, Raiser’s Edge database updates, and related documents for solicitation of leadership gift prospects.
Ensure appropriate closure of all planned gifts to the school, including documentation needed to formalize these gifts. Serve as a liaison with outside counsel when required.
Support work related to management of assigned members of The Schoolhouse Society.
Schedule and script joint visits with the Head of School, Director of Advancement, faculty, and volunteers when appropriate.
Support volunteer networks and assist in the identification, recruitment, and training of volunteers as needed, including managing reunion class committees.
Attend and staff events as required, including weekends and evenings.
Understand and embrace the culture of a selective, fully residential secondary school and effectively articulate the Academy's mission to alumni, parents, and friends.
Work effectively with others and perform to the best of personal abilities to successfully accomplish individual, departmental, and school goals.
Daily contacts with all members of the Governor’s community.
Significant travel, as necessary, to accomplish above.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills Required for Position:
Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively cultivate, solicit and successfully secure philanthropic gifts.
Ability to interact with all levels of the Academy community – the Headmaster, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy.
5+ years of development/fund-raising experience; prior experience securing major gifts, preferably at the five, six, and seven-figure level.
An open, creative, professional and collaborative style.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent computer skills including experience with fund-raising database, Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
A strong commitment to education generally and to boarding schools specifically.
Creative ability, a positive outlook, and a sense of humor.
A high level of integrity and an extraordinary work ethic.
Must be able to work collegially; must be committed to working in a diverse community and have the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations; must enjoy working with young people in a boarding school environment.
The ability and willingness to travel up to 50% of the time is required
Successful completion of a criminal records background check.
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The Governor's Academy is the oldest continuously operating non-sectarian boarding school in the nation. Located in Byfield, Massachusetts, the Academy serves 400 students on a 450 acre campus. The Academy prepares students for successful futures while celebrating the traditions of a long history. Students flourish in a diverse community distinguished by enduring relationships with teachers and de...fined by a commitment to learning and a thoughtful balance of academics, athletics, arts and service to others.
The faculty and staff at The Governor's Academy constitute a dedicated group of professionals who provide our students with the academic, artistic, athletic and personal challenges and opportunities that can only be offered by a small school with a close-knit community. Most of our faculty members live on campus.
GovsPLUS (Powerful Learners Unlocking Success) is a tuition-free academic enrichment program which partners The Governor’s Academy with motivated 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from local underserved areas with a goal of helping all students reach their potential in and out of the classroom. GovsPLUS students strengthen academic skills, build self-confidence, and participate in formative service and experiential learning opportunities. The program begins with an in-depth summer experience where students spend mornings in problem solving and communications classes and afternoons engaged in enrichment activities which may include recreational sports, visual and performing arts, or service learning. On Fridays, students, faculty, and staff take field trips to area locations like museums or college campuses. GovsPLUS students continue their relationship with the Academy throughout the academic year with monthly occasions to reconnect and enjoy enrichment activities together including tackling ropes course challenges, creating original art works, and serving the community.