As Concord Academy (CA) approaches its centennial, and launching the largest Comprehensive Campaign in the school’s history, the school must secure the resources necessary in order to fulfill its important mission and assert itself as a leading independent school. This will require considerable endowment growth and investments in the school’s people, campus, and programs. Alumnae/i, parents, parents of graduates, and friends who step forward to lead through significant gifts will make a second century of CA education possible.
CA seeks a Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) to serve in an externally facing role, responsible for managing a donor and prospect portfolio. The LGO will make important connections and develop individual prospect strategies leading to philanthropic commitments of $50K or more in support of CA and its priorities. Reporting to the Director of Development (DOD), s/he will work closely with staff across the Advancement and Engagement (A&E) team to identify, develop, and solicit major donor prospects.
This position will work collaboratively as a member of the school community to advance important CA relationships. The LGO will partner with Sr. Administrators, Faculty and volunteers to achieve individual and organizational goals, as well as establish stewardship plans and identifying steps for existing and prospective major donors.
Success will be measured through achieving individual fundraising performance goals and activity metrics.
The LGO will work with the DOD to qualify, build and manage a portfolio of 125 major gift prospects and approximately 50 - 75 annual giving prospects in various stages of development.
Using best-practice moves-management processes, develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gift prospects who have the capacity to make gifts/pledges of $50,000+, and annual giving prospects capable of making gifts of $1,000+ in support of the school’s ongoing priorities.
Conduct cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings with donors and prospects to build lasting relationships on behalf of CA.
Build and manage a network of relationships with prospective donors involving school administrators, high-level volunteers, and faculty. Facilitate and coordinate communication with these prospects and among the prospect’s campus relationships.
Facilitate interaction with prospects by the Head of School, Director of Advancement and Engagement, senior administrators, deans and faculty.
Assist specific classes with Reunion Gift Campaigns, as needed.
Perform additional activities related to Campaign efforts as requested by the Director of Development.
Occasional travel, night and weekend work required.
Experience and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in front-line fundraising, at least two involving the solicitation of major gifts, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Results-oriented individual who demonstrates the ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, takes initiative to develop their portfolio and employs keen judgment.
Strong working knowledge of industry best practices relevant to moves management theory and application. Successful cultivation of high capacity prospects; Experience in the successful solicitation of five and six-figure gifts.
Collaborative and energetic individual with a sophisticated approach to relationship management.
History of working effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organization and in serving as a trusted advisor to academic, administrative, and volunteer leaders within a complex independent education environment.
Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to: Alice Roebuck Director of Advancement & Engagement email@example.com Subject Line: Leadership Gift Officer
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Concord Academy
Concord Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school renowned for world-class faculty, passionate students, and graduates who make their mark on the world. Founded in 1922, Concord Academy has long balanced high academic standards with a focus on educating the whole student through the arts, athletics, and engagement in the world. Our community thrives on a love of learning, thanks to the care and partnership of teachers who support our students as individuals and challenge them every day to think critically and creatively.
Innovative teaching drives our wide-as-you-can-dream curriculum. Our rigorous approach to the sciences, arts, and humanities is infused with opportunities for intellectual growth, experimentation, and hands-on learning. CA students are honest, dedicated, and self-driven — some of the brightest, most curious, and inventive young people you’re likely to encounter. Within a structured framework, our experienced teachers afford them the flexibility to learn as they do best — while achieving personal goals, whether building a robot or directing a mainstage performance. Creative problem-solving and creative expression are at the core of the CA e...xperience.
Our 39-acre campus on Main Street in Concord, Mass., is home to nearly 400 students in grades 9 through 12 from nearby towns and around the globe. We bring students out into the world, and the world to our campus. In our close-knit community, we prize collaboration over competition. Our daily interactions are shaped by uncommon levels of trust. At CA, we do more than embrace diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We foster independent thinking. We invite passionate dialogue and debate. We believe that living attentively, questioning assumptions, and speaking one’s own truth are essential elements of an engaged and active learning experience.
When our students graduate, they’re prepared not only for college but also for lives of service and impact. Our alumnae/i are authors and ambassadors, entrepreneurs and engineers, dancers and doctors. This is a place where students love to learn, where creativity and trust are abundant natural resources, and where the history and literature of New England enrich us every day.
Concord Academy engages its students in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust.
Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices.
The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. This diversity fosters respect for others and genuine exchange of ideas.
Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
Create + Innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy
“As Concord Academy approaches 100 years, we recognize the school’s strengths as a dynamic living and learning community, rooted in an environment defined by innovation and creativity. Looking toward the future, we aspire to strengthen this foundation to make Concord Academy the very best school it can be…The Centennial Campaign is a blueprint for academic, programmatic, and capital priorities. The campaign will free students and faculty to question deeply, take intellectual risks, and dream bigger than ever before.” – Rick Hardy, Head of School. www.concord100.org/progress-priorities/