Bank Street College of Education recently celebrated its Centennial as a leader in progressive education. The College has three divisions: Children’s Programs, including the School for Children, the Family Center, Head Start and Liberty LEADS; the Graduate School of Education; and the Education Center, which spurs innovation across the institution and houses various research Centers.
Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Senior Major Gifts Officer will serve as the College’s most senior front-line fundraiser, with an active portfolio of current and prospective donors. The Senior Officer will work closely with Bank Street’s President and senior leadership to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors, providing support and coaching as needed to generate a culture of philanthropy across the institution. S/he will also be a strong coach and manager, supervising a major gifts officer and gradually, with successful results, adding to the team. S/he will also manage a planned giving consultant and continue to grow and develop Bank Street’s nascent planned giving program. The incumbent is expected to have a proven record of major gift fundraising, some experience with planned giving, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and the leadership skills to contribute in a supportive role across the department and College.
S/he will be expected to work closely with the Vice President for Development , Deans, senior staff, and faculty to engage alumni, both students and parents, for increased gifts. S/he will be expected to work closely with the Vice President for Development to craft strategic plans for the Centennial Campaign.
Cultivates and manages defined portfolio of 100 donors and potential donors with giving capacity of $50,000 and above. Responsible for a minimum of 75 face-to-face meetings with donors and potential donors annually. ? In consultation with Vice President for Development, creates and implements a strategic and tactical plan for the major gifts portion of the Centennial Campaign. ? Manages and coaches one Major Gifts Officer, with potential to grow the team following successful results. ? Continues to build Bank Street’s planned giving program, managing an external consultant who will develop an overall planned giving communications strategy, provide coaching, and draft gift agreements. ? Partners with the Prospect Research and Stewardship Manager and Annual Fund Manager to ensure a strong donor pipeline across all levels, specifically monitoring performance of donors in her/his team’s portfolios. ? Collaborates with the Prospect Research and Stewardship Manager on research materials, including individual bios, prospect briefings, short bios for events, and stewardship opportunities. ? Writes or partners with program colleagues on concept notes and proposals for donors. ? Supports Bank Street’s Annual Dinner team on fundraising outreach to meet goal. ? Serves as a leader, partner and mentor to other team members, supporting them in achieving their goals in a highly collaborative environment. ? Performs other related tasks and duties as assigned.
? Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred. ? A minimum of 7-9 years of professional fundraising or comparable experience is required. Must demonstrate experience in soliciting 6 and 7-figure gifts, managing trustee relationships, and working closely with executive leadership. ? The incumbent must be a strong team player, willing to mentor and recognize the efforts of peers and junior staff, work collaboratively across departments, and approach inter-personal challenges with grace and understanding. ? Previous staff management experience is strongly preferred. ? Must be able to function in an environment without significant financial resources but with a powerful mission and committed colleagues. ? An understanding and appreciation of the role of development in an educational institution is highly desirable, as is an understanding of a professional school’s mission and structure, and an independent school’s mission and structure. ? The ability to work successfully with individuals across many different communities is essential. ? This position requires evening and weekend work but limited travel outside of New York City.
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
About Bank Street School for Children
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.