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Annual Fund Director and Major Gifts Officer

Asheville School
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time


Two Key Philanthropy Leadership Roles:

Annual Fund Director and Major Gifts Officer


Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina, welcomes nominations and applications for the positions of Annual Fund Director and Major Gifts Officer. Embracing the school’s mission and reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, these key leadership roles within Asheville’s growing Philanthropy team will be strategic collaborators with experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors.


Founded in 1900, Asheville School is an intentionally small, private, coeducational, boarding and day school in the Blue Ridge Mountains that currently supports 299 students in grades nine through twelve. Its rigorous academic curriculum is complimented by robust residential, athletic, artistic, outdoor, and extra-curricular offerings.


Incredible natural beauty defines the Asheville School’s campus. Its three hundred acres contain rolling hills, forests, wetlands, playing fields, trails, and the campus proper. Asheville is a top tourist spot; as a small metropolis, the city gets high marks for its lively arts and cultural scene, restaurants and breweries, golf courses, rivers, and its breathtaking views. A city also committed to sustainability and green energy efforts, Asheville has promoted efforts that address carbon footprint reduction and has been recognized as a “Green Dining Destination.” Asheville is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location.



The Annual Fund Director manages Asheville School’s efforts to raise annual support from alumni, parents, and friends to meet the school’s philanthropic needs. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Annual Fund Director is responsible for growth and donor retention for Asheville’s Blues Fund, creating and managing all aspects of the Blues Fund annual giving strategy through multichannel efforts such as direct mail, email campaigns, giving days, and off and on-campus engagement opportunities.

The Blues Fund provides vital operating funds and ensures that Asheville School's immediate and greatest needs are met including providing essential financial aid and scholarships, faculty salary support, professional development opportunities, and more.



The Major Gift Officer will report to the Director of Philanthropy and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 potential and current Major Gift ($25,000+) level donors to the school, with a special emphasis on Parent Giving. They will be responsible for facilitating all phases of the gift cycle, including initiating contact, cultivating and moving potential donors to solicitation and closure, creating solicitations, writing proposals, and stewarding donors. They will support the Director of Philanthropy in identifying and implementing strategies for success in securing significant philanthropic support, and work collaboratively with key volunteers, school leadership and faculty, Philanthropy staff, and other school representatives to cultivate donors for institutional priorities.


Exhibiting the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct, successful candidates for the Annual Fund role will have a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of fundraising experience. Successful candidates for the Major Gifts role will have a bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of fundraising experience.


Roles are based in Asheville, NC, with the expectation for significant travel. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for each role is $100,000 to $130,000. Asheville School offers a generous benefits package as well.


Because Philanthropy at Asheville is growing and anticipating significant opportunity for innovation amidst an ambitious, upcoming campaign, there is excitement about bringing on talented and enthusiastic team members at all levels of experience, from early career to highly seasoned, to work in support of a strong and experienced Director of Philanthropy.



Evaluation of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Interested candidates can apply using the following Talent Profile links:

Annual Fund Director:

Major Gifts Officer:


Inquiries and nominations may be sent in confidence to:


Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director

Erin Meissner, Senior Search Associate

Storbeck Search


Asheville School does not discriminate in its employment decisions or practices on the basis of gender, age, race, color, marital status, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or any disability that can be reasonably accommodated in the administration of its educational policies and school administered programs.

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