The Development Officer will work closely with their fellow Development Officer, as well as the Chief Development Officer and Head of School, to ensure the success of the current $100 million R+ Campaign. They will design and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure major gifts from a variety of constituents including alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, and foundations. They will proactively manage a pool of approximately 150 current and prospective donors with the capacity and inclination to make five- to seven-figure leadership gifts.
Develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of major gifts
Verify pledge commitments and gift agreements; oversee and execute pledge collection
Identify and prioritize campaign prospects; participate in prospect assessment processes
Work with development colleagues to plan and execute relevant cultivation events and donor recognition opportunities
Other duties and special projects as assigned
The successful candidate will have experience working and cultivating relationships with diverse constituencies and proficiency soliciting major gifts. They should possess a commitment to Riverdale Country School’s mission, have a passion for education, enjoy multi-tasking, and work collaboratively with colleagues, alumni, parents, volunteers, and other members of the Riverdale community.
5+ years fundraising experience, ideally in an independent school, college, or university environment
Proven track record of donor solicitation and demonstrated success soliciting and closing major gifts
Appreciation of Riverdale’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Familiarity with Veracross or comparable fundraising database
Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders of all levels; high level of energy, creativity, and flexibility
Capacity to both work independently and thrive in a team environment
Willingness and ability to travel and work outside normal working hours, as needed
Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to Rachel Horowitz, Development Assistant, at email@example.com or via mail to Riverdale Country School, Attn: Rachel Horowitz, 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471.
About Riverdale Country School
Riverdale Country School is a prekindergarten through grade 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles--developing minds, building character, and creating community--we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.