Germantown Friends School is seeking a results-oriented and donor-centered individual to serve as Major Gifts Officer. This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic Advancement office during the preparation for a transformational campaign focused on innovation in teaching and learning. The successful individual is creative and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio, and can engage and inspire prospective donors and volunteers. The Advancement team works strategically and collaboratively with school leadership, colleagues across campus, and volunteers to raise funds for programmatic, endowment, and capital priorities.
Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit a portfolio of approximately 200 prospects and current donors.
Develop, implement and drive cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure gifts focused in the $100,000–$1,000,000 range.
Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, making face-to-face solicitations and involving additional staff and volunteers when needed.
Support solicitation activities of the Head of School, Chief Advancement Officer, and School Committee (trustee) leadership.
Manage prospect tracking and correspondence in order to monitor progress toward assigned goals.
Ensure that database is up-to-date with all actions, contact reports, and proposals statuses so that progress towards goals can be tracked and shared.
Meet metrics as assigned, including goals for meetings,
Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that annual operating gifts and planned gifts are part of a holistic philanthropic approach with donors.
Participate in Plus Delta Partners training focused on the Discipline of Frontline Fundraising.
A minimum of five years of progressive fundraising, financial services, marketing/sales experience or related, preferably with experience in an educational environment.
A proven track record of success in initiating contact with prospective donors/clients as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation.
The ability to articulate the priorities and programs of Germantown Friends School, and identify and understand the philanthropic interests of donors.
An understanding of and appreciation for independent school education and the mission and values of Germantown Friends School.
Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
Proficiency in Windows, Raiser’s Edge (or a comparable relational database) and Excel is preferred.
About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school serving 900 students in grades K-12. Located in an historic neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, the school takes its identity from a constellation of four distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community, an historic urban setting, a diverse school community and a grounding in Quaker principles.