Director of Major Gifts
Choate Rosemary Hall is a highly selective, co-educational
boarding school dedicated to transformative student experiences.
Drawing on over 130 years as a demonstrated leader in education,
Choate has moved with confidence into the 21st century, integrating
innovation with traditional strengths. Choate invites applications,
nominations, and inquiries as it embarks upon a search for its next
Director of Major Gifts.
Comprising 850 students and over 300 faculty and staff, Choate
attracts intellectually gifted and motivated students from diverse
backgrounds whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in this
personally supportive and academically challenging setting.
Situated on 458 acres in Wallingford, Connecticut, about halfway
between Hartford and New Haven, Choate is two hours from New York
City and Boston. Wallingford’s downtown is within walking distance
of campus and offers numerous shops and restaurants.
Reporting to recently appointed Chief Development Officer Anne
Bergen, the Director of Major Gifts will join a talented team
working to build Choate’s strong philanthropic culture and
nurturing a climate of giving among Choate alumni, parents, and
friends. Providing strategic oversight for the universe of rated
donors, the Director of Major Gifts will supervise three gift
officers and manage their own prospect pool.
With a comprehensive campaign currently at $285 million in gifts
and pledges toward a $300 million goal, Choate anticipates
surpassing the target and completing the campaign by June 2024. The
Director of Major Gifts will help close this campaign and play a
leadership role in building the donor pipeline that will grow gift
income into the future.
Along with generous and engaged parents, Choate has a powerful
and connected alumni community. There are more than 18,000 alumni
of record who are an influential source of career networking and
mentorship as well as generous support for the School. Choate works
with more than 400 alumni volunteers and engaged 1,400 constituents
through both virtual and in-person events throughout the last
Choate’s financial condition is strong with an endowment value
of nearly $465 million and an annual operating budget of
approximately $70 million.
Requirements: Five or more years of Major Gifts experience in an
independent school, college, university, foundation, non-profit, or
similar setting. Proven ability to affect and influence change
through a collaborative and inclusive style. Excellent
communication and presentation skills. Experience serving as a key
strategic partner to a CDO.
APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS
details, please see the full position profile
Evaluation of candidate materials will begin immediately and
continue until a new Director is named. Inquiries, nominations, and
letters of interest with a résumé may be sent in confidence to:
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph.D., Managing Director
Erin Meissner, Senior Associate
Lisa Solinsky, Senior Associate
Choate prohibits in all its programs discrimination against
or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race,
color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, national origin, genetic predisposition, ancestry or
other categories protected by Connecticut or federal law. It does
not discriminate on these bases in the administration of its
admission process, educational policies, scholarship and loan
programs, athletics, or other school-administered