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Lead, Principal Gifts

Success Academy Charter Schools
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Planned Giving
Education, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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We're redefining what's possible in public education. We set out to tackle this education crisis with a groundbreaking school design that delivers a rigorous, whole-child education to students from all backgrounds. Today, as the fastest-growing, highest-performing charter school network in New York, our network of 47 K-12 schools outperforms every district in the state, proving irrefutably that all children are capable of excellence.

The Advancement Department consists of several teams that are critical to fulfilling the Success Academy mission. This department leads the effort in securing and retaining critical philanthropic support, building and retaining our community of supporters, leading all activities pertaining to our boards of directors, and creating segmented communications and engagement opportunities and events for donors and prospective donors.

We are searching for an experienced advancement professional, with a proven track record in individual principal gift fundraising, to join our advancement team. This role is significant to the team's success and provides an extraordinary opportunity for the right person to join us in setting a course for excellence and advancing professionally.

The Lead, Principal Gifts will manage a pool of about 120 high-potential donors and prospective donors capable of making 6-8 figure gifts. This person will collaborate regularly with other members of the Advancement Team to develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies, work as a team to meet the annual fundraising goal, and foster sustained philanthropic support from new and longstanding donors.

This individual will report to the Philanthropy and Special Projects Leader and foster productive working relationships with the CEO, SA, and advancement leadership staff, as well as staff throughout the SA enterprise.


  • Manage a portfolio of up to 120 current and prospective donors

  • Contribute to moves management implementation, analysis and continuous improvement

  • Work closely with executive leadership to advance philanthropy

  • Advise on a strategy to broaden and diversify our base of high net-worth individuals and influencers

  • Develop and launch a Bequest Society and other opportunities for planned gifts

  • Work in partnership with the entire development team to accomplish department goals 


  • Minimum 6-8 years of relevant experience in fundraising, primarily as a donor-facing fundraiser

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Exceptional project management and execution skills

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, fluid environment, independently and on a team 

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (preferred)

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We actively seek applications from people of all backgrounds to strengthen our community and the perspectives needed to flourish in a multicultural world. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth. Learn more about our philosophy, benefits, and team at

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