The Major Gifts Officer’s primary responsibility is to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $25,000+. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues in the advancement office, school administration, and high level volunteers to create and implement fundraising plans that result in major gifts for The Baldwin School. This is a front-line position that will require regional and national travel.
Develop annual visit, solicitation and revenue goals in conjunction with the Chief Development Officer;
Create detailed prospect relationship strategies around donor interests and school priorities for an assigned portfolio of approximately 100 current and prospective donors;
Conduct 12-15 face-to-face meetings per month for the purposes of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors;
Prepare proposals and materials including written documentation for accurate gift recording, use, recognition and stewardship;
Ensure the integrity of information in the school’s Raiser’s Edge database relevant to assigned prospects, including visit reports, stages, strategies and tasks;
Develop a thorough knowledge of Baldwin School history, academic and extracurricular programs, and its faculty, students and administration; maintain a thorough understanding of the School’s current priorities and initiatives;
Attend and support appropriate alumnae and donor engagement events as related to assigned prospects or as needed by the department;
Participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise and visibility within the profession;
Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work environment;
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.
Bachelor’s degree and three (3) or more years of progressively responsible fundraising experience;
Outstanding relationship building skill, the ability to garner trust quickly and experience in developing strategy, motivational teamwork, negotiations, and creative problem-solving;
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with proven ability to engage prospective donors in-person and in writing through articulate, compelling, and well-reasoned funding proposals;
Self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include being positive, persistent, personable and possessing a desire to succeed;
The ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment and relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds;
A personal commitment to excellence, integrity and the mission of Baldwin;
Availability to work nights and weekends;
A valid driver’s license and use of personal car.
Previous professional experience at an independent school;
Knowledge of relational donor database software (RaisersEdge NXT);
Familiarity with Pennsylvania State Tax Credit programs, planned giving vehicles and related philanthropic strategies and processes.
About Baldwin School
The Baldwin School founded in 1888, is a non-sectarian college preparatory, independent day school, pK-12, dedicated to a tradition of excellence in the education of girls. In a nurturing atmosphere, where the population reflects socioeconomic, ethnic and religious diversity, our girls strive to develop scholarship, leadership and citizenship within a community that emphasizes intellectual rigor, ethical integrity, and independence of thought. More information is available on our website at www.baldwinschool.org.