School Overview: The Lawrenceville School is a highly selective private independent boarding school that has built a legacy of excellence in education and has earned national recognition for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The 200 year-old campus occupies 350 landscaped acres in the historical town of Lawrenceville, NJ and is listed on the National Historic Register as reflected by the campus’s old-world architecture and landscaping.
As part of a team of experienced fundraisers, the Major Gifts Officer reports to the Director of Major Gifts and Asia Programs and is responsible for managing a pool of capital giving prospects and working with select volunteers to engage, solicit and steward gifts of $50,000 and above in a given geographical region. The position requires a demonstrated ability to work with and command the respect and confidence of major donors to The Lawrenceville School as well as school administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteers and colleagues.
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the direct solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts by managing a select portfolio of donors in a specified region, both individually and in collaboration with volunteers. In so doing, s/he:
Develops long-term fundraising strategies for each donor
Visits prospective donors on his/her own as well as with the volunteers and administrators
Involves new potential donors and engages prospects and donors in the life of the School
Develops gift ideas, fosters relationships and solicits and stewards gifts
Engages senior administrators, faculty, trustees and others in approaching potential donors
Directs and prepares well-conceived and well-written visit briefings, strategy documents, solicitation proposals and stewardship reports
Effectively presents Lawrenceville's mission and needs to a variety of constituencies
Maintains and updates information about donors and prepares reports
Maintains records on the Alumni & Development database
Uses technology effectively to research, organize and present data
Selects volunteers and develops a strategy for managing them
Demonstrated track record of success as fundraiser
Demonstrated success in motivating donors to make significant gifts
Demonstrated ability to work with and command the respect of colleagues, volunteers and donors
Demonstrated ability to participate meaningfully and creatively in goal setting, long- and short-term strategic planning and problem-solving
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to set clear priorities
Excellent time management skills
The ability to work independently and make sound judgments about prospects and all other areas of performance
Exercising discretion at all times, s/he must be able to keep confidential all data related to Lawrenceville and its constituencies
3-5 years of development experience, with education, alumni relations and/or volunteer management being preferred
The School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to the individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.
This commitment is evident in all aspects of the School’s employment practices and policies, including recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, compensation, discipline, discharge, benefits and training.
Background Check Statement:
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 810 boarding and day students from grades nine through 12, who come from 29 states and 35 countries. The school is located in central New Jersey in the town of Lawrenceville, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
Through House and Harkness, ...Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.