At Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech we teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. With access to sound provided by cochlear implants or hearing aids and intensive therapy and education, children who are profoundly deaf can learn to listen and talk. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services provided by Clarke’s five locations: Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia. To learn more about Clarke, please visit www.clarkeschools.org.
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced major gifts officer:
Manage a portfolio of 100+ key donors and prospects: develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with prospects and donors through personal visits and communications, events and other initiatives, working toward successfully closed gift solicitations in the five and six figure range
Possess a working knowledge of planned giving techniques and facilitate conversations with donors to explore and execute planned gifts
Help oversee and drive cultivation and stewardship efforts by other Clarke staff and volunteers, providing support as needed and monitoring the progress of such efforts
Work with engaged and committed volunteers including Clarke's Leadership Councils and Board of Trustees
Work independently while also functioning as a contributing member of the regional Development Team
The position reports directly to the Chief Development Officer and is not only an integral part of the Development Team but also an integral part of Clarke’s teams in Boston and Northampton and works closely with the CEO, Campus Directors, administration and teaching staff.
The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills, attention to detail and will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment within an organization that is experiencing rapid change and growth. Specifically, Clarke is looking for a candidate that exhibits:
Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building skills
Ability to work as part of a team, with a variety of people and to collaborate with staff at all organizational levels and across departments and locations
Strong oral communication skills, including public speaking
Strong written communication skills and experience drafting solicitations and donor acknowledgements
Experience leading and managing volunteers and volunteer committees
Experience developing and implementing fundraising plans and initiatives
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge or another donor database
Five or more years of experience in fundraising with demonstrated results soliciting and securing major gifts
Commitment to professional growth and to the mission of the school
This is a full-time salaried position based out of a home-office, offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, professional development opportunities and membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This position involves occasional travel, in support of donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, along the East Coast where Clarke’s campuses are located. Occasional participation in events on evenings and weekends is anticipated. Please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: email@example.com. EOE.
Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services at our five locations: Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia.Clarke impacts the lives of children and adults through educational and early childhood... programs, hearing services, mainstream services, research, curriculum development and the teachers and professionals trained by Clarke who take their special skills to all parts of the world.Formerly Clarke School for the Deaf / Center for Oral Education, in 2010, we changed our name to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. This change reflects our distinct mission of teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing how to listen and talk using the latest technology; and it also highlights our multiple locations—which continue to grow! Our new logo is a vibrant mark celebrating the growth and success of Clarke children. Each day, we watch and listen as they blossom—gaining confidence and acquiring the ability to reach their full potential.As Clarke reaches more children than ever before, our mission remains unchanged: Providing children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Today, the possibilities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are greater than ever before. We work with families and professionals to ensure that every child has the chance to reach their full potential.