Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Founded in 1883, the PK-12, co-educational day School has campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. Sidwell Friends School is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join the expanding Institutional Advancement team. Reporting directly to the Assistant Head of School for Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer will be instrumental in the success of an aspirational comprehensive campaign currently in the quiet phase. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts ($100,000+) and Annual Fund leadership gifts ($10,000-$50,000). She/he will manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150+ donor prospects to determine their philanthropic interests related to the school’s fundraising goals through the Annual Fund, Endowment, Capital, and Planned Giving Programs. The Major Gift Officer is expected to travel locally and long distance.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree or higher and a candidate with strong interpersonal, oral and written communication, and database skills. Two years of experience in successfully cultivating and personally soliciting leadership or major gifts and experience with planned gifts is preferred. Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development is also preferred. Knowledge of educational fundraising culture is an asset and experience with higher education moves management systems is preferred. This staff person should have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently. Significant travel is required.
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.
For the 2015/16 school year, 1,149 students (572 boys, 576 girls) are enrolled. Forty-seven percent of the student body are students of color. Twenty-three percent of the student body receive $6.7 million of need-based financial assistance. The School employs 156 teachers and 112 administrative and support staff. Tuition for the 2015/16 school year is $37,750.
Sidwell Friends School is committed as an institution to the ideal of diversity with regard to age, economic background, ethnicity, gender, physical disability, political affiliation, race and sexual orientation in its student body, faculty and staff. The School does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions, financial aid or loan practices; curricular offerings, including inter-scholastic athletics and physical education; other School-sponsored programs and activities; or in the hiring and terms of employment of administrators, faculty and staff. Except for spe...cial considerations that may be given to members of the Religious Society of Friends because of the School's Quaker affiliation, the School does not discriminate on the basis of religion.