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Senior Director of Major Gifts

Asheville School
North Carolina, United States
$90,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Mar 30, 2023

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Asheville School in the search for a Senior Director of Major Gifts.

Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Senior Director of Major Gifts will identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts of $25,000 and above from alumni, parents, grandparents, friends, and foundations of Asheville School. The Senior Director will work closely with school leadership to develop and implement individualized strategies for prospects and donors to meet short- and long-term goals while developing enduring and genuine relationships built upon an understanding of donors’ interests, passions, and values related to Asheville School.

Asheville School is a private, coeducational, university-preparatory boarding and day school located among the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Founded in 1900, the school is intentionally small with 295 students in grades 9-12. Asheville students arrive from twenty-two states and twenty-five countries, bringing a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and talents. Being away from home means Asheville students rely on their own judgement, developing strong character and gaining essential life skills in the process. Asheville students are passionate about learning and motivated to excel. Small, active classes ensure that students and teachers engage in lively discussions that encourage critical thinking. Sixty-seven courses are offered at Asheville School, including 22 Honors and 16 Advanced Placement classes. Asheville students have many opportunities to explore fine arts, with programs for both accomplished and beginner artists in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts. Students at Asheville School excel outside the classroom as well, with all first- and second-year students participating in at least one of 19 interscholastic athletic teams. In addition, Asheville School supports dozens of student clubs—everything from investing and debating to film and Model UN. There are also ample opportunities for students to engage in service projects, both on campus and in the greater Asheville community, as well as a full calendar of extracurricular and social activities throughout the week and on weekends.

The work of students and faculty at Asheville School is driven by a mission to be a diverse and nurturing community that challenges and supports the mind, body, and spirit of students by developing their resilience, intellect, and character. The school values are rooted in an Honor Code that relies on honesty and truth at all levels.

As one of the premier boarding schools in the nation, it comes as no surprise that one hundred percent of Asheville School graduates continue to college, being accepted to the nation’s most prestigious institutions including Northeastern, Duke University, Georgia Tech, Yale, Columbia University, Cornell University, NYU, UNC at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, and many more. Asheville School faculty are no less accomplished—80% hold advanced degrees.

A bachelor's degree of an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least five years of experience in major gift fundraising or a closely related field. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Asheville School as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Preference will be given to applications received by March 29, 2023.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $110,000 annually.

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