The Major Gifts Officer will secure funds for the Nueva School by managing a group of assigned, qualified donors, assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement. S/he will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement.
The Major Gifts Officer will qualify donors. S/he will create individual goals for each person or family based on the donor's history of giving and the organization's knowledge of that donor's potential. The Officer will create a plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational communication and marketing plan for each person. S/he will faithfully and on a timely basis execute that plan so individuals are retained, upgraded, and stewarded.
The Major Gifts Officer will create proposals and stewardship materials. S/he will create monthly reports as required by leadership that accurately reflect activity and performance. S/he will perform other major donor activities as may be required.
The Officer will develop, implement and lead a successful and integrated donor relations program that strategically targets all levels of giving as defined by the Development team, and ensures donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen their financial support for Nueva. This will include, but not be limited to the Annual Report, impact and endowment reports, gift acknowledgements, and invitations to events.
This is a full-time, salaried, benefited, 12-month position.
A track record of fundraising success in principal and major gift solicitation and also in some or all of annual giving, auctions, capital campaigns, and planned giving
Expert experience with CRM databases - Raiser’s Edge or comparable systems – and application software including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint or their equivalents
Detailed understanding and experience administering, processing, and supporting the complete fundraising lifecycle from relationship management, solicitation, and recognition in coordination with colleagues within and across departments (including for example the business, technology, communications, alumni, and human resources departments), vendors and partners as applicable, organization leadership, trustees, and volunteer leaders
Understanding of independent school communities and culture in a PK–12 environment
Experience leading and engaging all stakeholders — leadership, trustees, colleagues, parents, students, alumni, other donors, partners, and volunteers
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
Active engagement in professional development and current on best practices
Maturity, excellent judgment, and emotional stability
Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously
Ability to manage competing demands and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes
Trustworthy and loyal; demonstrated ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality
At least 3-5 years of relevant postgraduate advancement experience
To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted and talented students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves over 800 students PK–12 and expects to grow to over 950 students in the next few years. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different count...ies in the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”
For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.