About The Bishop’s School
Founded in 1909 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, The
Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational
college-preparatory day school for 800 students in grades six
through twelve located on a historic campus in the heart of La
Jolla, just 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. With a
student-teacher ratio of approximately 9 to 1, Bishop’s is known
for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence while celebrating
character development, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Last
year’s applicant pool drew from 72 zip codes and 168 middle and
high schools throughout San Diego County and beyond. Fifty-one
percent of the student population self-identify as students of
color. Additionally, over $4 million in need-based grants is
Base Compensation Based on Experience: $85,000 - $95,000
Bishop’s Major Gift Officer (MGO) works collaboratively with the
School’s Senior Director of Major and Principal Gifts (Senior
Director), and other colleagues across the Advancement department
and the School. This position is responsible for the cultivation
and growth of their major gift pipeline and will provide
fundraising support with major fundraising campaigns. The MGO will
not only be responsible for managing relationships with high-level
donors, but acclimating themselves to the Bishop’s community,
building strong partnerships with faculty and staff to help promote
objectives that are beneficial to the School.
This person will identify and pursue new donors and funding
opportunities for The Bishop’s School. The MGO will manage their
own portfolio (100-125 prospects), solicit donors with the capacity
to make a major gift ($25,000+) and secure event
sponsorships. Top candidates will be donor-centric, able to
match philanthropic interests of donors with funding needs for the
School through individualized donor plans.
Essential Functions and Specific Duties:
- Works collaboratively with the Senior Director to achieve
aspirational goals for major giving, while maintaining strong
solicitation, engagement, and stewardship practices for key
- Develops and executes individualized cultivation plans,
emphasizing face-to-face visits, with their portfolio.
Maintains a consistent schedule of 10-15 donor visits per
- Participates in regular prospect management meetings, ensuring
that a proper moves management process is in place to move
prospective donors in and out of their portfolio.
- Files timely prospect reports in Raiser’s Edge documenting
contacts, solicitations and meetings.
- Attends key events to interact with prospects and donors,
maintaining a high level of professionalism and living out the
values of the School.
- Perform with a team approach, other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least 5 years of proven fundraising experience, with at
least 3 years of experience in making personalized solicitations
and closing gifts.
- Experience managing an individual portfolio of prospects and
- Campaign experience preferred.
- Experience with a high-level of customer service and working
and communicating with high-capacity, busy individuals.
- Must be/remain up to date on giving trends.
- Working knowledge of social media theories, concepts, and
- Intermediate proficiency with Google Workspace and aptitude for
learning new technology.
- Raiser’s Edge and/or other fundraising software.
- Proficiency in a second language, particularly Mandarin or
Spanish, is desired.
- Uphold the School’s Core Values.
- Demonstrate professionalism, tack and an unwavering positive
- Stay up to date on industry standards, trends, developments and
- Make timely and ethical decisions both systematically and under
- Comply with School’s reporting policies and procedures.
- Maintain a clean, safe and organized work area.
Role Specific Competencies:
- Great people skills
- Commitment to the School
- Creative and strategic thinking
- Organizational skills
- Relationship building
- Teamwork and collaboration
Please apply no later than October 31, 2023. Applications will
be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
Please do not email or call the school directly.
The Bishop's School is an equal opportunity employer. We are a
diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people
of the San Diego area and the United States at large. We aim to
align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color,
religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or
expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national
origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status
or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or
federal laws. The Bishop's School takes affirmative action in
support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified