Reports to: Director of Alumni & Development
Start date: Fall 2019
The Associate Director, Major Gifts is a key member of the school’s fundraising team who will work closely with colleagues within the alumni office and across campus to increase philanthropic support from alumni, current parents, grandparents, and parents of alumni. The Associate Director will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects and, through strategic planning, relationship management, and alignment of interests, will secure five and six-figure investments to priority capital and endowment projects as well as leadership gifts to The Gunnery Fund. Additionally, a basic working knowledge of planned giving is beneficial. This is a 40+ hour per week, 12-month professional position and active attendance and participation on campus is expected. Excellent communication and people skills are required.
Responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
● Frequent travel, with a goal of approximately ten meetings per month.
● Track all prospect activity in Raiser's Edge/NXT.
● Monitor and update portfolio and pipeline based on meetings, field research, and solicitations.
● Draft proposals and other essential correspondence as part of the prospect plan; including, at times, for the Director, Head of School, and/or Board Chair.
● Document and confirm all pledge intentions for accurate recording and stewardship.
● Generate reports on proposals and actions to track progress within his/her portfolio.
● Collaborate with The Gunnery Fund team on joint asks to ensure an annual fund gift is included in every major gift solicitation.
● Work closely with the Director of Database Management and the Gifts Recorder to ensure the processing and acknowledgement of gifts is timely and accurate.
● Individual stewardship of donors, as appropriate.
● Assist with and participate in A&D engagement and stewardship events, as requested, both on and off-campus.
● Facilitate research on all prospects in his/her portfolio.
● Other duties as requested by the Director to meet the needs of the office and mission of the school.
Bachelor’s degree required. Three to five years of experience in Alumni & Development in an independent school preferred. Transferable skills considered. Excellent word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and organizational skills required. Raiser’s Edge and Google Docs, or equivalent, experience beneficial. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a commitment to customer service and accuracy, and be a team player. Must be a highly motivated, self-starter with good time management skills and an ability to multitask in a dynamic environment. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary and travel frequently.
The Gunnery offers an attractive compensation package that includes a salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental insurance, and retirement plan contributions.
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● Salary requirements
Interested candidates should submit application materials, in confidence, via PDF in an email to: