The role of the Special Gifts Officer for The Governor’s Fund is to advance the educational mission of one of America’s oldest boarding schools through management of a portfolio of high-level annual giving prospects – building the pipeline for major donors – and articulating funding opportunities as part of the Academy’s With True Courage Campaign. Annual giving is a top campaign priority, and this individual will work directly with the Fund’s current and future leadership donors.
In addition, reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Special Gifts Officer is responsible for the strategy, management, and implementation of a 12-month (or longer) reunion giving program, to sustain the current success, as well as the future growth, of Governors’ $2 million annual fund (named The Governor’s Fund) program.
This is an ideal role for a proven annual gifts fundraiser eager to solicit critical, unrestricted gifts in a growing and emerging advancement shop. The Governor’s Fund Special Gifts Officer will forge relationships with those – internally and externally – who are making a demonstrated impact in their community and around the world.
Qualify and solicit lead annual gifts at the $1,000 to $25,000 gift range.
Manage a portfolio of 200+ individuals in varied relationship stages, including qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and make 100-120 visits per year.
Team up with the Director of Annual Giving and Leadership Gift team to maintain a steady level of high-level unrestricted support among alumni in both reunion and non-reunion years, as well as current and former parents.
Under the direction of the Director of Annual Giving, oversee the reunion giving program; manage assigned reunion class annual campaigns, including developing and managing class reunion gift committees. In this context, recruit volunteers and solicit alumni in honor of their reunions and work with class leaders to develop and implement class fundraising plans.
Work together with the prospect researcher to support the identification and validation of new prospects.
Participate in the development and implementation of the Fund’s broad strategic operating plan.
Prepare key statistical and management reports as needed to monitor and expand Fund programs.
Collaborate closely with other Advancement functional areas and perform other responsibilities upon request, as needed.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively cultivate, solicit and successfully secure philanthropic gifts.
Knowledge and experience managing volunteers
Experience in development at an independent secondary school, college or university setting is preferred.
Experience in boarding school environments – and The Governor’s Academy in particular – is desired.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent computer skills including experience with fund-raising database; Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
Self-motivated and with a strong desire to achieve goals
Ability to work collegially and interact professionally with all levels of the Academy community – the Head of School, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy.
A strong commitment to education generally and to boarding schools specifically.
An open, creative, professional, and collaborative style with a positive outlook, and a sense of humor.
A high level of integrity, attention to detail and an extraordinary work ethic.
Ability 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.
Successful completion of a criminal records background check.
Interest and willingness to travel, if necessary. Must have a valid driver’s license.
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.