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Development Associate - Major Gifts

Position Type Staff
Start 09/01/2017
School Name Manlius Pebble Hill School
City, State Syracuse, NY 
Posted 07/17/2017

Development Associate – Major Gifts

Reporting to the Director of Development , the Development Associate for Major Gifts will be dedicated to the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of MPH constituents who have the capacity to make gifts exceeding $10,000. This position will also play an integral role in the ongoing growth of the School’s Tree of Life Society and work closely with the Director of Development and Annual Campaign Associate to ensure all goals related to the MPH Rising Initiative (Annual Campaign) and other Development related initiatives are met.



Responsibilities include:

·                     Identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of approximately 100 donor prospects to fund institutional priorities.

·                     Identify, cultivate, and solicit both major gift ($10,000+) and planned giving prospects.

·                     Support reunion giving efforts as needed.

·                     Meet and exceed revenue and outreach goals.

·                     Initiate ongoing and meaningful interactions with this portfolio of current and potential donors, including but not limited to:

    • Personal letters, emails, and calls
    • In person visits
    • Coordinating correspondence (meetings, emails, calls, letters) with other members of the MPH administration and Board of Trustees as appropriate.
    • Tours of School
    • Solicitation meetings
    • Proposals for funding opportunities
    • Reports and acknowledgements related to gifts received

·                     Utilizing Raiser’s Edge donor database to document and track interactions and progress with prospects and provide reports to Director of Development and Head of School as needed.

·                     Develop productive relationships with faculty and administrators to identify and cultivate and solicit major donor prospects.

·                     Support and assist in the conceptualization and execution of donor recognition events.

·                     Attend and help staff alumni relations and development events as required, including some weekend and evening work.




         A minimum of three years working in a fundraising capacity, preferably in an educational setting.

         A demonstrated ability to foster productive relationships with donors and volunteers.

         Experience with successfully soliciting and stewarding $10,000+ gifts.

         Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.

         Strong written and oral communication skills.

         Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously, with high attention to detail.

         Availability to manage a heavy travel schedule and work weekends/evenings/early mornings as needed.

         Experience with Raisers Edge preferred.

         A Bachelors degree.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Kelly Gillis-Rose, Director of Development at krose@mphschool.org.



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