The Madeira School Development Office seeks a dynamic and creative fundraiser to join this transformative and successful campaign focused on improving residential life, enhancing our athletic program, endowing our signature Co-Curriculum program, creating space for our collaborative and innovative curriculum and growing our culture of philanthropy. The Major Gifts Officer will manage a major gifts fund-raising plan, with an emphasis on individual donor relationships, solicitation activities, and stewardship of high-capacity prospects. This individual should possess a commitment to The Madeira School’s mission, have a passion for education, and have the ability and talent to successfully work with colleagues, alumnae, parents, volunteers, and other members of the Madeira community. The successful candidate will be a creative goal and team-oriented individual who can work independently and will appreciate and thrive in an independent school environment.
Fundraising: Management of major gift portfolio of approximately 125 alumnae and parents; analysis of prospect research and development of strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans; achievement of key metrics, including minimum of 30 face-to-face visits per quarter; working knowledge of moves management and familiarity with fundraising software; preferably The Raiser’s Edge
Communications/Coordination: Communication and advocacy on behalf of the needs of the School; completion of contact reports and other pertinent information following donor visits; coordination of appointments, including travel arrangements and reservations
General: Participation in School and development-related meetings, events and other special projects; some evening and weekend work including time in support of the residential life program; extensive travel
Five to ten years of significant Development experience
Familiarity with educational institutions, preferably independent schools
Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred; Moves Management a plus.
Demonstrated success in personally securing major gifts from $50,000 or more from individuals, corporations, and foundations
Excellent communications and interpersonal skills; ability to be persuasive and to motivate; ability to be diplomatic
Demonstrated ability to prioritize work; results oriented
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Strong analytical, strategic and organizational skills; attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive with discretion and good judgment
Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and select weekends; travel required
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel); willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed
Appreciation of and commitment to boarding and/or single sex education
The Madeira School is one of the country's premier boarding/day schools for girls in grades 9-12. For more than a century, Madeira has built a strong tradition of innovative teaching and learning, including hands-on, real world work experience for every student through Madeira’s award-winning Co-Curriculum experiential learning program. Located just outside Washington, DC, on the banks of the Potomac River in McLean, VA, Madeira enrolls 320 students from around the country and around the world.