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FEATURED - Major Gifts Officer

Breck School | Golden Valley, MN
Salary Range: $65,000 - $100,000

About the Role
The Major Gifts Officer is a key member of the Advancement team who is responsible for the day-to-day management of a prospect portfolio as well as strategic partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer and Head of School. As Breck prepares for the lead-up of a transformational comprehensive campaign, this position will also hold a key role in relationship development, campaign strategy, and fundraising across constituencies. The ideal candidate is committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, holds a passion for education — particularly for preschool through grade 12 schools — and is an experienced fundraiser and excellent communicator. Their partnership across the advancement and communications team is critical to the future momentum of building a culture of philanthropy within a school community that is committed to its mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Donor Strategy
  • Partner with the Chief Advancement Officer on the strategy and management of philanthropic priorities in an organization that seeks to raise $2-5 million annually for restricted gifts via individual support, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship.
  • Recognize the power of data and information and develop strategies to make research-informed decisions and recommendations.
  • Serve as a key member of the Advancement team, guiding annual strategies that support year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Identify organization-wide opportunities for donor engagement and cultivation.
  • Work with the Advancement Team to identify appropriate updates to donor tracking and database, establish and maintain donor engagement protocols.
  • Partner in the plan, test, and potential launch of a comprehensive campaign.

Donor Engagement, Events, and Stewardship
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts of $1,000 and above through a personal portfolio of approximately 100 individuals
  • Establish, evaluate and maintain effective relationships with current donors and prospects and, where appropriate, support colleagues in their donor relationship management work
  • Develop donor strategies, along with appropriate materials, to renew and upgrade donor gifts
  • Work closely with the Annual Giving Director to identify and engage new prospects
  • Support fundraising events strategy, including Breck's annual Blue & Gold Bash
  • Collaborate with Stewardship Manager on opportunities to share on-topic successes, opportunities for giving, and donor impact reports.

Communications and Operations
  • Partner with Communications Team members to provide development insight and support for short- and long-term projects.
  • Work with Chief Operating Officer and Controller on financial projections, budgeting, and reporting
  • Collaborate with Database Manager on use of data, reporting, and analytics.
  • Participate in the Board Advancement committee and the Breck Fund Committee, preparing monthly reports and leading conversation and input around development strategy.
  • Support and engage Board of Trustees on development strategies and engagement.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field
  • 5-10 years of experience and leadership in fundraising, especially in individual donor prospect management, major gifts, cultivation, and management.

  • A commitment to the mission of Breck School
  • A strong understanding of the Raiser's Edge
  • Self-starter with the ability to think strategically
  • Flexible, creative, and highly organized leader
  • Proven ability to manage 120-150 prospects and move them through the prospect management process
  • Excellent listener and communicator
  • Perform under and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Adept at working in and across team environments
  • Complete discretion with confidential information
  • Knowledge and passion for the field of education, particularly P-12 environments