Associate Director of Leadership Gifts

Anticipated hiring: Immediate                           
Westminster School, one of the leading independent boarding schools in the country, is a diverse, close-knit community of 95 faculty and 400 male and female students (seventy-five percent boarding, twenty-five percent day students) set on a 200-acre campus in Simsbury, Connecticut. Since its founding in 1888, Westminster School has been committed to the core values of community, character, balance and involvement.  Our motto describes our community – “virtute et numine” – by Grit & Grace.
This position will support the mission of Westminster School's Advancement Office to welcome and engage the extended community in support of the values of the School and to advance the mission of Westminster, by being responsible for developing and enriching the philanthropic relationship of major gift prospects towards Westminster School.
In conjunction with the Director of Advancement, the Associate Director of Leadership Gifts will actively manage the School's philanthropic relationship with approximately 150 potential major gift donors by:
  • Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding current and potential donors capable of making gifts larger than $50,000
  • Traveling frequently to off-campus locations for meetings and events
  • Completing between 15-20 prospect meetings each month
  • Working with other fundraising staff and volunteers to coordinate annual, reunion, capital and planned giving strategies for major gift prospects
  • Maintaining prospect management through discovery and contact reports, and moving prospects through a documented moves management system.
In addition, he or she will strategically plan the development of giving opportunities, which will generate interest and financial commitment, for donors and potential donors by:
  • Working with Advancement Office staff to identify prospects capable of supporting the current comprehensive campaign.
  • Identifying and coordinating strategies for partnership with the School's senior staff and trustees to participate in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts
  • Performing duties as a faculty member within the Advancement Office and Westminster School
  • Attending donor and volunteer gatherings, phonathons, reunions and class fundraising meetings.
A bachelor’s degree and two years of fundraising experience is required. Experience in educational settings and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is preferred. Salary is competitive and the employment package consists of excellent benefits. To apply, please send a resume, writing sample or educational philosophy and a list of references to Newell Grant at .
Westminster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates of color. Westminster School reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and employs individuals of any race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at Westminster. Westminster does not discriminate in its hiring, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Westminster School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and Postgraduate, located in Simsbury, Connecticut. The suburban New England campus is midway between New York City and Boston. In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry and/or disability.

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