St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (www.sbp.org) is seeking a full-time leadership gifts officer, responsible for building and managing a portfolio of prospects, primarily individuals, who have the financial capacity to make leadership level gifts to the School of at least $25,000 to support strategic fund raising priorities for endowment, capital, annual, and programmatic projects. The leadership gifts officer will develop strategies to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni and friends, working collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and the advancement team.
Description of Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and implements leadership and planned gift strategies for a prospect portfolio of up to 100.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards prospects with a goal of 36 visits per quarter.
Works with volunteers and other members of the School community, including the CAO, Headmaster, and Board of Trustees, to identify and cultivate prospects.
Ensures and maintains proper prospect documentation using Raiser’s Edge, the School’s donor database/CRM.
Collaborates with internal units including Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Records and Communications.
Participates in cultivation events and programs both locally, regionally and nationally.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer.
Education & Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree is required with a Master’s degree preferred. Five to ten years of experience in fund-raising or relevant field (such as sales).
Successful candidates must demonstrate skills and expertise in planning and decision making, communication, human relations, salesmanship, persistence and patience. A high degree of initiative is expected along with strong organizational skills and the ability to identify and construct solutions. Excellent written and verbal communications skills and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously (working both independently and as a member of a team) are required. Knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge software is a plus. Candidates should possess a commitment to the ideals of Benedictine education. A personal vehicle is required, as well as a willingness to travel and work outside of normal business hours. Capital campaign experience and knowledge of planned giving instruments are a plus.
About St. Benedict's Preparatory School
St. Benedict's Preparatory School was founded by the Benedictine Monks in 1868 and is one of the oldest and most successful urban schools in the country. Over its 150-year history, the Catholic school has educated a rich variety of successive immigrant groups and the local community in and around Greater Newark. It now educates 800 students, primarily of African-American and Latino heritage, in grades K through 12. Eighty-seven percent of its graduates earn a college degree or are presently enrolled.