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Director of Gift Planning

Garrison Forest School Inc
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 12, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Administrative, Office Administration, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications, Sales and Marketing
Academic Centers, Advocacy, Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, For-Profit Companies, Health, Legal Services, Museum, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Garrison Forest School is seeking a dynamic and experienced fundraising professional to build on the school’s strong history of philanthropy. In partnership with the Associate Head of School and the Director of Philanthropy, the Director of Gift Planning will design and implement strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major capital, annual fund and planned giving high-capacity prospects. They will manage a pool of 75+ prospects capable of giving $100,000 or more. The Director will lead and market the school’s planned giving program, with the expectation of enrolling a minimum of 10 new members annually to the school’s planned giving society. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5+ years fundraising experience, ideally in an independent school or university setting.
  • Demonstrated success soliciting and closing major gifts of six figures and above.
  • Expertise in planned giving including extensive knowledge of the tax and financial benefits related to philanthropy, deferred giving, and financial planning.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with a database. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work outside normal working hours, as needed.

School Overview:

Garrison Forest School, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, is an independent, non-sectarian day and boarding school educating girls in grades K-12, with a coed preschool. GFS offers a national and international boarding program for girls in grades 8-12.  Founded in 1910 and set on a stunning 110-acre campus in suburban Owings Mills, Garrison Forest offers a program with a wealth of opportunities in Academics, the Arts, and Athletics.  Confident, creative and compassionate, GFS girls are encouraged to be fully engaged within the school and with the local and global community around them as they develop their passions and their own authentic voices in a spirited and joyful environment.

Candidates should support the Mission, Core Values, and Statement of Respect of Garrison Forest School. Garrison Forest School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or disability in its employment policies and other school-administered programs.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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