Bishop’s Director of Major & Principal Gifts works
closely with Bishop’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and peer
directors to implement the fundraising strategy for the advancement
program, including future campaigns. The position reports directly
to the chief advancement Officer, works closely with School
leadership on fundraising initiatives, and is a member of
advancement’s director-level leadership team. The position
proactively provides comprehensive support and resources regarding
department goals, functions and programs. Includes attendance
at evening and weekend events, meetings and programs and travel to
donor and alumni local and regional events.
Minimum of bachelor’s degree, five (5) or more years
of experience in advancement work and at least two (2) years of
experience in major gift work or equivalent combination of
education and experience required.
Skills & Abilities:
Dedicated work ethic - proactive, responsible,
reliable and attentive to deadlines.
Experience in conducting campaigns and demonstrated
success in securing top-level gifts.
Motivated, highly organized, and a self-directed
individual who can effectively multitask and handle a variety of
matters independently in a professional, trustworthy and mature
manner with tact, diplomacy, and appropriate judgment.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal
Commitment to maintaining strict confidentiality in
daily dealings with hyper-sensitive constituent information.
Ability to actively collaborate with all School
constituencies and team members.
Intermediate to high proficiency with Google Workspace
and Microsoft Office, and willingness to become proficient in new
programs, learning management systems, collaboration and
productivity apps as needed.
Working knowledge of specialized software and online
programs (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher,
Blackbaud-Raiser’s Edge, Constant Contact and social networking
Extensive knowledge of specialized prospect research
and wealth screening programs
Embrace the special needs and requirements associated
with an academic calendar and schedule which may necessitate
fluctuations in workdays and hours.
Strong advocate of the School’s mission and school
values of integrity, compassion, inclusion, intellect, excellence
Essential Functions and Specific
Draft and implement a major and principal gift plan
that sets realistic goals for supporting institutional
In collaboration with the chief advancement officer,
plan for capital and major gift initiatives including budget and
Design cultivation and stewardship strategies for
major and principal donors with special attention to those from
previous campaigns and prospective donors for future campaigns.
With support from advancement operations staff,
develop and implement a prospect management system.
Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150 major
gift prospects and donors.
Work with the CAO and Board Advancement Committee to
implement each year’s giving programs and develop goals and
objectives for the following year.
In partnership with the CAO, develop a plan to broaden
and deepen the culture of philanthropy at The Bishop’s
Identify, recruit, and train a major and principal
giving committee to assist with fundraising efforts.
Coordinate staff efforts in identifying prospects,
making solicitations and enhancing team members’ knowledge of
planned giving vehicles.
Assist other members in the office, as needed, for
solicitations, special events and deadlines.
Uphold the School’s Core Values.
Demonstrate professionalism, tact and an unwavering
Stay up to date on industry standards, trends,
developments and legal updates.
Make timely and ethical decisions both systematically
and under pressure.
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work area.
Perform, with a team approach, other duties as
Located in a professional office environment. This
position requires working at a keyboard and remaining stationary
for long periods of time. Repetitive movement of arms, hands
and fingers. The employee needs to occasionally move about
the building, and position self to access file cabinets, office
equipment, etc. This position frequently communicates with others
and must be able to exchange accurate information. This position
must have close visual acuity to perform tasks safely. The employee
may frequently need to lift, carry or otherwise move and position
objects weighing up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25
The position requires the employee must remain
professional and composed under pressure resulting from a multitude
of duties and situations which must be handled simultaneously. The
employee must maintain control in deadline situations, be quick to
think and respond with appropriate judgment.