Job Designation: Full-time calendar year staff, some evening and weekend work required
Reports to: Executive Director of Leadership Giving
Travel: Regional, national, and, in some instances, international travel required
The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm working and learning community for students and employees from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.
The Hotchkiss School seeks a Director of Leadership Giving to join the Leadership Giving team and play a key role in advancing the School’s first large-scale comprehensive campaign in more than thirty years. The ideal candidate for this high-profile position will be a thoughtful, articulate, and experienced major gifts officer with a strong ability to form and maintain relationships, build consensus, and eloquently communicate the School’s strengths and objectives. We seek a team player who will personally manage a select portfolio of over 100 major gift donors and donor prospects. The Director will develop strong relationships with School constituents and demonstrate an ability to secure capital, endowed, and planned gifts to support the School’s mission. The Director will have frequent interactions with senior members of the School community and will work closely with the Head of School and the Chief Advancement Officer.
The Director will also work closely with other development staff, department chairs, faculty, administrators, and volunteers to identify prospective donors, cultivate relationships, solicit gifts, and provide proper stewardship in support of The Hotchkiss School.
Craft high-end solicitation strategies for identified donor prospects and submit thoughtful and well-written proposals and in-person solicitations of gifts of $100,000 and above;
Build and maintain communications with key stakeholders, constituents, and prospects;
Implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned constituents;
Closely collaborate with Leadership Giving team members and contribute to the team’s overall strategic objectives;
Manage a portfolio of up to 125 donors and donor prospects;
Provide regular, detailed reports and information to the Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Chief Advancement Officer;
Work closely with members of the Alumni and Development Office to support campaign goals and objectives;
Engage campus colleagues in the cultivation and solicitation process;
Demonstrate a commitment to the value of education, and the Hotchkiss mission and successfully articulate a compelling case for leadership support, and
Perform other duties as needed and assigned.
Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five plus experience raising major gifts;
Significant capital gift/annual fund experience and a working knowledge of planned giving fundamentals required;
Proven success in securing gifts of $100,000 or more;
Capital campaign experience in an educational setting preferred;
Mission-driven team player with excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills;
Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills;
High energy, ambition, and initiative, with a growth mindset;
Strong attention to detail and ability to perform tasks independently;
Proficiency in G-Suite, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred or similar fundraising software.
Hybrid and remote work arrangements are considered for those who are within driving distance of campus.
At events, a significant amount of time standing/walking.
Repetitive (keyboard) motion.
Given the persistent risks of the spread of the Covid-19 virus – risks that are heightened due to the emergence of more highly transmissible variants – all employees of the School are required to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work as a condition of employment. Employees who are unable to receive the vaccine due to disability, medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief may request an exemption, which will be reviewed by the School to determine the availability of any reasonable accommodations.
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.
The Hotchkiss School is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination).
In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
Located in the scenic Berkshire-Taconic landscape in the quiet northwest corner of Connecticut, The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of nearly 600 students who come from around the country and the world.
In the 2022-2023 school year, 41 percent of Hotchkiss students are U.S. students of color, 13 percent are international, and 96 percent of students are boarders from 27 countries and 36 states in the U.S. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.