Germantown Friends School is seeking an experienced, results-oriented and donor-centered individual to serve as Principal Gifts Officer. This individual will join a team of frontline gift officers that is supported by a professional Advancement Services and Stewardship group. The individual will activate and engage a loyal donor base to fund annual operations and steward the school’s near- and longer-term strategic priorities. The Advancement Department (Development and Communications Teams) works strategically and collaboratively with school leadership, colleagues across campus, and volunteers to raise funds for programmatic, endowment, and capital priorities.
This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic Advancement office during a transformational campaign that will support the school’s vision and extend its vital mission and impact in the education space. The ideal candidate is creative and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio and has a track record of developing lasting and fruitful partnerships with donors and volunteers.
Manage a portfolio of approximately 200 prospects and current donors, artfully navigating the phases of the donor engagement process.
Develop, implement and drive thoughtful relationship building, cultivation, and solicitation strategies to secure gifts of $25,000+ up to seven and eight-figure leadership gifts.
Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, making face-to-face solicitations and involving additional staff and volunteers when needed.
Support solicitation activities of the Head of School, Chief Advancement Officer, and School Committee (trustee) leadership.
Manage prospect tracking and correspondence in order to monitor progress toward assigned goals.
Ensure that database is up-to-date with all actions, contact reports, and proposals statuses so that progress towards goals can be tracked and shared.
Meet metrics as assigned, including goals for funds raised, number of meetings, actions, proposals presented, and showing expected progression and movement along the phases of the donor engagement process.
Mobilize, manage, guide, and support volunteer fundraisers/committees on specific priorities/initiatives
Create compelling and personalized proposals
Develop thorough documentation for complex gifts
Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that annual operating gifts and planned gifts are part of a holistic philanthropic approach with donors.
Comfortable with various gift vehicles and able to support donor in thinking through the considerations of their particular gift—always in conjunction with donor’s financial advisor and/or tax accountant.
Performs other development duties, as assigned.
A minimum of five years of progressive fundraising, financial services, marketing/sales experience or related, preferably with experience in an educational environment.
A proven track record of success in initiating and developing a partnership with prospective donors/clients as well as participating in individual cultivation and solicitation.
Intellectual depth and maturity; ability to lead others by influence.
Adaptable and agile within a complex environment; ability to construct and clearly present complex gift opportunities.
Demonstrated success and experience in campaign fundraising a plus.
The ability to articulate the priorities and programs of Germantown Friends School, how they translate to philanthropic opportunities, and how to artfully identify and understand the philanthropic interests of donors.
An understanding of and appreciation for independent school education and the mission and values of Germantown Friends School.
Ability to work independently, communicating progress and showing strong judgment on donor strategy/when to involve supervisors in donor conversations.
A strong writer and communicator with ability to craft donor-focused communications—sometimes on behalf of members of the leadership team who are involved in the development of a particular opportunity.
Flexibility to attend evening events, as needed.
Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
Training in Plus Delta fundraising model or similar donor engagement process is preferred.
Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge (or a comparable relational database) is preferred.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Principal Gifts Office” in the subject line.
ABOUT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL
Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood?12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org.
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Ted Oxholm History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel Germantown Friends School 31 West Coulter Street Philadelphia, PA 19144 215-951-2300 TOxholmATgermantownfriendsDOTorg
About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood through 12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org