Reporting to the Director of Leadership Gifts, the Leadership Gifts Officer will create and implement strategies that strengthen relationships with Deerfield alumni and parents, and will cultivate, solicit and close gifts of $100,000 or more.
Responsibilities include: manage portfolio of 175 alumni and parent prospects within assigned region; cultivate, solicit, and close annual, capital and planned gifts of $100,000 or more; collaborate with annual fund colleagues to develop and implement strategies for high-end annual fund gifts; track and report on all prospect activity; update contact and biographical information; provide ongoing stewardship of all major gifts; recruit and maintain an active group of volunteers within assigned region to assist with events and to staff regional and national Deerfield committees as needed; organize and conduct successful cultivation events to engage major donors; attend regular prospect review sessions and frontline fundraiser meetings; participate in weekend and evening activities on campus and within assigned geographic region; required travel approximately 70–80 of days per year.
Deerfield Academy does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 3-5 years’ experience in development, especially closing 6-figure gifts, preferably in an academic setting; demonstrated experience working with trustees and high level donors; exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to manage and motivate volunteers; willingness to collaborate with a strong team; ability to manage -- and sensitivity to -- highly confidential information; demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and integrated databases; willingness to travel up to 80 days per year; a high level of integrity, a strong work ethic and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
About Deerfield Academy
Deerfield Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school located in Western Massachusetts with approximately 630 students and 400 employees. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.