The Major Gift Officer raises a significant portion of the major gifts for Chatham Hall, including campaign gifts, planned gifts, 50th reunion gifts and senior parent gifts. The Officer 1) cultivates, solicits, and stewards an assigned group of major gift prospects; 2) identifies and “qualifies” new major gift prospects through an active travel agenda; 3) expands Chatham Hall’s Planned Giving program through an ongoing marketing program and personal visits; 4) directs and provides ongoing stewardship for 1894 Society and Esto Perpetua Society; 5) coordinates the foundation grants program; 6) coordinates the activities of PAC and directs the senior parent gift program.
Actively manages the School’s philanthropic relationship for approximately 150 potential major donors, including the development of a plan for each prospect. Carries out this plan in the capacity of a strategist, primary contact, or combination of both.
Conducts an aggressive program of visitations, making approximately 150 -180 contacts annually.
Identifies, at least 12 months prior to reunion, leadership for 50th reunion gift committees, develops with that leadership a plan of soliciting class members for both an annual and capital gift, assists class in selection of an appropriate goal and giving opportunity, visits and solicits top donors in that class and works with director of alumnae relations in all aspects of planning the 50th reunion.
Maintains an awareness of current laws and deferred giving vehicles through attendance at professional workshops and meetings and through reading a variety of periodicals.
Develops a direct mail and advertising plan to maintain donor awareness of planned gifts.
Serves as liaison to planned gift software vendor
Prepares or coordinates the timely submission of grant proposals to foundations, working with faculty and administrators in identifying funding opportunities and projects that best match the needs of the school with interests of the foundation.
Prepares reports to foundations on funded projects/programs with the help of the Director of Advancement Services.
Provides direction and support to the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) serving as a liaison between parents and the school’s administration.
Directs the senior parent gift program, including the identification of appropriate naming opportunities, setting appropriate goals, directing the appeal for annual and capital support, and personal visits.
Prepares annual report to the Assistant Head on activities and goals met.
Reviews and/or prepares appropriate sections of the School’s annual report on fund raising.
This position requires extensive work experience in the field of development, a comprehensive understanding of major gift fundraising and knowledge of planned giving. The Major Gift Officer must possess superior communications skills, both orally and in writing, must be personable and approachable and be able to diplomatically articulate the School’s highest priorities. Outstanding organizational skills and the willingness and ability to travel frequently are required. A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of fundraising experience are also preferred.
This administrative position is full time (12-months/37.5 hours per week) and benefits eligible. Normal hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with frequent weekends and evening responsibilities.
This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.
About Chatham Hall
Chatham Hall, an all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, seeks a dynamic, collaborative advancement professional to grow its fundraising programs and manage relationships with key constituents and groups, all in support of the school’s strategic priorities.
ABOUT CHATHAM HALL:
A leader in all girls education, Chatham Hall inspires integrity, academic excellence, and global perspectives in tomorrow's leaders. Its signature academic, community, and athletic programs provide comprehensive preparation for college and for productive lives. Now in its 125th year, Chatham Hall is grounded in Episcopal heritage and includes a vibrant extended community of more than 3,000 alumnae plus dedicated families and friends. The school is located on a 360-acre campus in Chatham, Virginia, within driving distance of Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville.