The Major Gifts Officer’s primary responsibility is to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $25,000+. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues in the advancement office, school administration, and volunteer leadership to create and implement fundraising plans that result in major gifts for The Baldwin School. This is a front-line position that will require extensive regional and national travel.
Essential Job Functions:
Develop annual visit, solicitation and revenue goals in conjunction with the Chief Development Officer;
Create detailed prospect relationship strategies around donor interests and school priorities for an assigned portfolio of approximately 100 current and prospective donors;
Conduct 12-15 face-to-face meetings per month for the purposes of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors;
Prepare proposals and materials including written documentation for accurate gift recording and use, acknowledgements and reporting;
Ensure the integrity of information in the school’s Raiser’s Edge database relevant to assigned prospects, including visit reports, stages, strategies and tasks;
Develop a thorough knowledge of Baldwin School history, academic and extracurricular programs, and its faculty, students and administration; maintain a thorough understanding of the School’s current priorities and initiatives;
Attend and support appropriate alumnae and donor engagement events as related to assigned prospects or as needed by the department;
Participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise and visibility within the profession;
Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work environment;
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required;
One (1) to three (3) years of direct experience in non-profit fundraising, or transferrable experience in financial services, marketing/sales or educational management;
Self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include being persistent, being personable and possessing a desire to succeed;
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds;
The ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment;
A personal commitment to excellence, integrity and the mission of Baldwin;
Availability to work nights and weekends;
A valid driver’s license and use of personal car.
About The Baldwin School
Founded in 1888, The Baldwin School is an independent college preparatory school, developing talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world. The School nurtures our students’ passion for intellectual rigor in academics, creativity in the arts and competition in athletics, forming women capable of leading their generation while living balanced lives. In a nurturing atmosphere that reflects socioeconomic, ethnic and religious diversity, our girls strive to develop scholarship, leadership and citizenship within a community that emphasizes ethical integrity and independence of thought.