The advancement office at Emma Willard School is seeking a Director of Major and Planned Giving to join their dynamic team. The primary purpose of the Director of Major and Planned Giving is to encourage and secure both immediate and longer-term financial support of the school through charitable giving. This work requires forging and maintaining productive individual relationships with major donors, who are chiefly alumnae and parents. The director will manage a prospect pool of about 150 alumnae and parents located throughout the United States and internationally and will travel approximately 70% of time to build relationships and secure critical support for the priorities of Emma Willard School. The Director will oversee the Sage Society and encourage membership, market planned giving vehicles, and serve as the primary liaison to the school for donors who have made planned gifts. S/he will partner with the Emma Fund and other front-line fundraisers in leadership gift strategies and support The Emma Fund’s Reunion Giving program by providing planned giving materials to classes celebrating 50th Reunions and beyond. The director will oversee the Sage Society and encourage membership, market planned giving vehicles, and serve as the primary liaison to the school for donors who have made planned gifts.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years’ prior relevant experience in soliciting major and planned gifts. S/he must have the ability to use a consultative, donor-centric approach in fulfilling institutional priorities. Candidates should have strong interpersonal communication, writing, and presentation skills, with special emphasis on tactful interviewing and skillful listening. S/he must be highly ethical, taking great care with donors’ sensitive and confidential information. Candidates must have the ability to travel on behalf of the school and be available for weekend and evening events throughout the year. A growth mindset and an appreciation for independent school education for girls are preferred.
Emma Willard School is a nationally recognized, academically rigorous, preparatory boarding and day high school for girls. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop employees who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. We offer competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package in a stimulating and dynamic academic community. Emma is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Since 1814, Emma Willard School has been one of the nation's leading college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women. At Emma Willard, every possible resource is dedicated to developing in students the values and skills that form the foundation of a life of accomplishment, leadership, and fulfillment. These include a love for the life of the mind, a commitment to service, courage and confidence, grace and creativity, and collaboration and friendship. Known for its rigor, the school promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a challenging curriculum distinguished by a wide array of advanced placement courses and electives. It also promotes active involvement in the life of the campus and off-campus communities through a rich co-curricular program. In all they do, students are both challenged and closely supported by an outstanding faculty and staff. The school's extraordinary physical plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a breathtakingly beautiful yet state-of-the-art setting for learning and living. Throughout its history, Emma Willard has been committed to enrolling a diverse student body from across the Ca...pital Region, across the country, and around the world. This commitment is honored by significant expenditures in financial aid to assist families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to provide an extraordinary secondary education for their daughters.