Senior Major Gift Officer

Staff / Full-Time

The Rivers School, Weston, MA

The Rivers School is seeking a full-time Senior Major Gift Officer, who will be responsible for developing strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward long-term relationships with key donor prospects within an assigned pool of approximately 150 prospects who have the capacity to give $250,000 or more. Through face-to-face solicitations, the frontline fundraiser will be responsible for generating revenue in the form of annual, major, and planned gifts.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and planned giving prospects, as well as meet departmental metrics, including 125 annual meetings with prospects.
  • Participate in the development of overall fundraising strategies, as well as prepare written and oral presentations and proposals.
  • Participate and manage all aspects of building donor relations and solicitation of gifts.
  • Assist the Director of Leadership and Planned Giving in managing the planned giving program with annual goals for growing the number of members in The Nonesuch Society.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Annual Giving to solicit top annual fund gifts.
  • Ensure donors are appropriately thanked and stewarded by the office.
  • Establish and build relationships with the professional community to better represent the school.
  • Travel as needed within budget limitations.
  • Other duties as assigned with night and weekend work on occasion.


  • Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree and have at least five to seven years of fundraising or transferable experience, preferably in an educational setting. An understanding and appreciation of independent schools is preferred.
  • Must have a demonstrated record of fundraising success.

Required Skills:

  • Must have exceptional writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • High level of fluency with Raiser’s Edge NXT, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, multi-task, and work with many people on different projects—from administrators, professional community members, volunteers, parents, and alumni.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Must be a collegial, flexible, and collaborative team player.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The Rivers School

Weston, MA
Middle School, High School
All Gender