The Senior Development Officer is responsible for working with the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs to manage and grow the school’s Major Gifts Program primarily through continuing to increase the quality and volume of personal contact the School has with key constituents including Alumni and their families, Current Parents, Parents of Alumni, Current and Grandparents of Alumni, and other Friends, and its Planned Giving program. Responsibilities include managing a pool of prospects with particular emphasis on Capital Gifts ($50,000 or more), Annual Fund Leadership gifts ($1,000 or more) and Planned Gifts, and managing or participating in other special projects.
Serve as the Primary Manager for portfolio of up to 200 prospective and actual Major Gift constituents throughout all phases of the giving life-cycle: Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship.
Directly solicit constituents for Capital Gifts or arrange for their solicitation by others as appropriate.
Work with the Annual Fund team to identify and solicit prospective Annual Fund Leadership donors.
Develop and execute a Planned Giving program.
Maintain information about constituents and provide reports as required by the Director of Development.
Set goals, objectives and timetables, with the Director of Development, for solicitation and cultivation activities.
Travel throughout the US (and selectively internationally) to connect with constituents, attend school events, execute duties as Primary Manager and Planned Giving program manager.
Endowment stewardship mailing
Endowed scholarship recipient thank you letters
Manage prospect research and rating initiatives
Other duties as assigned
5+ years of front-line fundraising experience (or its sales and marketing equivalent), major gifts experience preferred
Working knowledge of Planned Giving
Proficiency, or at least familiarity, with the most recent versions of Raiser’s Edge, especially NXT, and Microsoft Office
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent analytical and marketing skills
High degree of comfort with the use of technology including strong computer and internet skills
Administrative abilities, organizational skills, and the capacity to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail
The ability to work closely with a varied constituent base (Board of Regents, alumni, parents, faculty and staff), to exercise discretion, and to maintain information with appropriate confidentiality
Willingness to work as part of a team in all aspects of the job
Willingness to travel
Willingness to work nights and weekends
A strong connection to the mission of Portsmouth Abbey School
About Portsmouth Abbey School
Portsmouth Abbey School is the nation’s leading Catholic Benedictine boarding school for boys and girls in grades 9 through 12, offering a challenging academic curriculum rich in mathematics and science and built upon a signature humanities program. Added features of Portsmouth Abbey School are its 40 athletic teams, diverse community service programs, state-of-the-art squash & fitness center and its sailing, equestrian and world-class golf facilities. The campus sits on 500 acres bordered by Narragansett Bay and the Aquidneck Club and is a short distance from Newport, RI.