Senior Director of Major Gifts [Immediate]

Position Details

  • Job Title: Senior Director of Major Gifts [Immediate]
  • Department: Development
  • Job Category: Shared Services

The Opportunity

Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators working to build an urban school district based on the ideals and tenets of progressive education.  HVA is the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute.

Join an incredible community of educators who are passionate about progressive pedagogy while embracing a sense of urgency, a strong work ethic, and accountability for student learning. We select individuals who share our vision and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it.

Responsibilities

The Senior Director of Major Gifts will enthusiastically participate in fundraising efforts, with a clear understanding that fundraising is critical to the success of the organization. S/he will work in close collaboration with the VP of Institutional Advancement and the Development team, staff, and volunteers to strategically work towards HVA’s desired outcomes while building and maintaining relationships on behalf of the organization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, implement, and increase individual giving from donors $100,000+
  • Build relationships with current and new major donors and regularly secure commitments for contributions to HVA
  • Manage and execute all aspects of giving strategies, including research, portfolio management, solicitations, appeals, reporting, and stewardship
  • Plan annual goals and strategies with a focus on building a portfolio of major donors
  • Research new prospect markets and design and manage outreach strategies to engage first-time potential major gift donors
  • Record, track, and report on progress against annual objectives

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5-7 years experience in successfully securing leadership gifts
  • Superior written communications skills including writing persuasive letters and proposals
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Trustworthiness with confidential information
  • Willing to be hands-on (no task too big or too small) and a sense of humor
  • Compassion, integrity, warmth, and deep commitment to HVA’s mission
  • Proven ability to build relationships with major donors, develop tactics to meet goals, and personally close major gifts
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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