Reporting to the Director of Leadership Gifts & Gift Planning, the Leadership Gifts Officer/50th Reunion will create and implement strategies that strengthen relationships with Deerfield alumni and parents; cultivate, solicit and close gifts of $100,000 and more; and be responsible for managing 50th reunion fundraising.
Primary responsibilities include: managing portfolios of approximately 125-150 alumni and parent prospects within assigned regions; cultivating, soliciting, and closing annual, capital and planned gifts of $100,000 and more, including writing proposals as needed; collaborating with annual fund colleagues to develop and implement strategies for high-end annual fund gifts; tracking and reporting on all prospect activity; submitting contact reports with a high degree of accuracy and clarity; directing and coordinating fundraising for classes up to four years away from their 50th reunion, including developing class gift purposes in collaboration with volunteers and senior administrators; travelling 70–80 days per year; conducting approximately 120 visits per year.
Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, significant experience in development or related field, excellent communication, organizational and follow-up skills, ability to work as part of a strong, collaborative team, strict attention to detail, superior written and verbal communication skills, ability to travel up to 30% annually, proficiency with MS Office Suite and integrated databases, and demonstrated success in cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
About Deerfield Academy
Deerfield offers an unmatched environment for teaching. Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s 300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities that enable powerful teaching both in and out of the classroom. Our students are engaging and excited to learn—and they are willing to work hard at their studies. Outside the classroom, our community is focused on active and ethical living.
Our teachers are committed to ongoing renewal. We seek candidates who are committed to their own professional growth, who are eager to work with colleagues in a productive manner towards departmental goals, and who can foster critical thinking, empathy, and determination in our students. As a boarding school, our faculty teach, mentor, and model—in the classroom, in the dorm, at the dining hall, and on the playing field.
Diversity is essential to Deerfield’s success. Diverse perspectives within our school population fuel creative and innovative thinking, build empathy and consideration, and provide varied skills and experiences from which the entire community can benefit. Deerfield actively seeks candidates who are members ...of or support traditionally underrepresented groups—especially in terms of race, sexual orientation, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background.
Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.
Deerfield Academy is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.