A steward of Colorado Academy’s mission and values, the Advancement Officer is responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of leadership level gifts to the school. Responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and implementing the Leadership Giving Program to meet CA’s major gifts fundraising goals and to build the school’s individual donor base. The person in this position is responsible for direct solicitation of gifts, for stewarding an active portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, and for coordinating with other staff and members of the Board of Trustees in additional cultivation.
This position requires a high level of social interaction with the ability to nurture relationships, manage multiple projects and deadlines, and travel or attend evening events as needed on behalf of the school. The Advancement Officer serves as a member of the development team. An advocate for the school, the Advancement Officer will be asked to represent the institution among its senior volunteer leadership and key and influential donors and prospects.
This full-time, non-exempt position starts July 1, 2017.Key Responsibilities
• Identify, research, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of prospects, including parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparents.
• Solicit individual gifts from prospective major donors as assigned, through regular personal contact, written appeals, follow-up, outreach events, face-to-face meetings, and special events.
• Establish long-term relationships with major donors.
• Develop portfolios of prospects for cultivation and solicitation by the Head of School, select members of the Board of Trustees, and other staff, and provide on-going support, appropriate accountability, and strategic counsel to each to support their successful cultivation and solicitation.
• Assist in planning, budgeting, and development of goals and strategies for the Leadership Giving program.
• Provide direct support to the Head of School for major donor related responsibilities, including scheduling meetings with donors, writing donor communications, etc.
• Coordinate Annual Campaign solicitation of major donor prospects with the Director of Annual Campaign.
• Play a lead or support role in drafting content for and/or submitting grant proposals.
• Coordinate with the Parent Association to ensure that donor development plans and fundraising events feed into development of the Leadership Giving.
• Plan, track, and report on individual and departmental work in support of organizational coordination and synergy.
• Identify and implement opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation.
• Contribute content for organizational communications and marketing materials, such as the website and monthly e-newsletter.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree required. At least five years of experience in development/fundraising, including major gifts fundraising.
• Must adhere to the highest ethical standards, maintain confidentiality, demonstrate an empathetic disposition and perseverance, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors, parents, and students.
• Excellent attention to details and follow through as demonstrated through effective project management experience.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to persuasive and to motivate; ability to be diplomatic.
• Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and good judgment.
• Experience and familiarity with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred.
• Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills. Highly self-motivated and directed.
• Demonstrated writing and editing skills.
• Familiarity with educational institutions, preferably independent schools.Working Conditions
• Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer, telephone and other electronic devices; driving frequently to meetings and events; light lifting of equipment and materials, with occasional night or weekend work, ability to attend evening school events, or work long days or overnight travel.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to send a letter of application and resume to:
Michael Davis, Ph.D.
Head of School
3800 S. Pierce Street
Denver, CO 80235