Annual Giving Officer

Staff / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an Annual Giving Officer. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an enthusiastic and accomplished development team at an innovative and growing independent school. This is a full-time (12-month) position that reports to the Chief Development Officer and requires some travel as well as occasional evening and weekend work.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Annual Giving Officer is a key member of the Development team with primary responsibility for all aspects of annual giving, with a particular emphasis on building relationships with and soliciting gifts from current parents. The Annual Giving Officer partners internally and externally to align donor interests with annual funding, special projects, and other opportunities.

All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field.


  • Develop strategies to meet budgeted revenue number; monitor and evaluate the plan and make recommendations throughout the year to ensure fundraising is on track;
  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer and the Head of School to develop and execute strategies for engaging prospects with the capacity to become leadership Annual Fund donors to Walnut Hill;
  • Carry a portfolio of prospects, primarily of current parents, and qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts through in-person visits and other highly personal communications;
  • Organize, oversee, and development special campaigns that drive participation in the annual fund including, but not limited to, Telethon and Give Day;
  • Conceive of print and online appeals; work with creative staff and external vendors to produce high quality, effective, collateral to support annual appeal strategy; analyze and report on effectiveness of print material;
  • Provide support to development operations and systems by working closely with the Database Manager and Stewardship & Research Coordinator to ensure accurate gift entry, timely acknowledgments, ongoing donor research, monthly reconciliations with the Business Office, support for the annual audit, and other financial reports;
  • Participate in and support development colleagues in meeting broader department goals and priorities;
  • Travel as needed to build and cultivate donor relationships, solicit gifts, and attend events; work evenings and weekends as needed;
  • Support students and attend or engage in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances; and
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
  • Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in development or a related field; experience in independent schools and/or arts organizations a plus;
  • Experience with identification, cultivation, and solicitation of leadership annual gifts;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the full spectrum of development practices, principles, and activities, including gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, working with high-level volunteers, and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively to fundraising projects;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive community;
  • Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
  • Experience with, or interest in, working with international students and families;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills and polished presentation skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team;
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Google applications, Microsoft Office, and knowledge of donor software;
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill; and
  • Strong collaboration skills and work ethic, along with the ability to balance a pursuit of academic, artistic, and institutional excellence with compassion and nurture for each individual.

About us:

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.

Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. 

COVID-19 Protocols: 

Walnut Hill School for the Arts has implemented health and safety protocols to mitigate the risk of the transmission of COVID-19. All employees and community members are required to follow the School’s policies and procedures including wearing masks, maintaining appropriate physical distance, participating in weekly COVID-19 testing, providing proof of vaccination, and other protocols as described in the School’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols or as directed by School Administration. All health and safety protocols and policies are subject to change based on state, local, and CDC guidelines and at the discretion of School Administration.

Physical Demands

Physical demands include dexterity for tools, equipment, and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship. 


Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender