Major Gifts Officer
The Advent School, Boston, MA
The Advent School seeks a Major Gifts Officer to join a dedicated administrative team. This individual is a key member of the advancement team, collaborating with the Head of School, Director of External Affairs, and the Board of Trustees. In addition to supervising major giving and endowment, the Major Gifts Officer supports overall institutional initiatives by actively engaging with faculty, staff, families, alumni, and trustees.
The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with prospective major gift donors and planned giving donors, as well as supporting additional fundraising efforts of the school. This individual works with the Head of School and Board Advancement Committee to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives.
The Major Gifts Officer is a full-time, salaried position that includes medical and dental insurance, a retirement plan, professional development opportunities, and paid time off.
Responsibilities & Duties
- Support the execution of the strategic fundraising program, including the Advent Annual Fund and planned giving, capital campaigns, alumni relations, and stewardship
- Craft proposals, talking points, contact reports, and cultivation correspondence as needed and in partnership with the Head of School and Board Advancement Committee
- Provide materials, strategy, and support for the Head of School’s donor prospect meetings, attending donor meetings as needed
- Identify, cultivate, and strengthen relationships with alumni, potential donors, and community members
Marketing & Communications
- Partner with the Director of External Affairs to craft development-specific communications
- Keep up-to-date on major School topics and issues, serving as an ambassador
- Serve on the Board Advancement Committee and produce annual fundraising progress reports and analyses for the Head of School and the Board of Trustees
- Maintain the School’s development database in Raiser’s Edge, including entering gifts and processing acknowledgment letters
- Serve as a leader for the school community, participating in the daily life and operation of the school, extending beyond the responsibilities of the development role
- Attend school-wide events to meet and engage with members of the Advent community, including the occasional evening and weekend event
Required Skills & Characteristics
The Advent School is a good fit for professionals who believe in the School’s mission of education for equity and social justice. Candidates should possess strong personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and be resourceful, responsible, and collaborative.
The ideal candidate will have three to five years of experience as a development professional, ideally in education or a non-profit setting, in addition to:
- A proven track record in fundraising and constituent relations
- Excellent analytical, time management, and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize projects based on School goals
- Capacity to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, members of the board, donors, volunteers, consultants, and all other constituents
- Familiarity and experience with Blackbaud products, including Raiser’s Edge
- Knowledge of best practices in independent school fundraising
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Bachelor’s degree required
Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Nicole A. DuFauchard P’20, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, describe your connection to The Advent School mission.