Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive Pre-K-12 independent school that has been serving students throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan.
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The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty who reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives and see the world beyond the self. We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work with its creative tensions as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.
The Director of Major Gifts will work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer and Head of School to oversee the conclusion of a $70 million capital campaign, develop and steward current major donors, create and oversee a sustained major gift program, and plan for the school’s next comprehensive capital campaign effort.
Manage all capital campaign and major donor gift activity, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship tracking, in collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer.
Arrange meetings for Head of School, Chief Advancement Officer and volunteer solicitors with prospective donors and prepare solicitation materials.
Prepare and present briefing papers, research files, and other materials to prepare for and follow-up after solicitation meetings.
Staff the Board’s advancement and campaign committees.
Develop case and marketing collateral by collecting data, conducting interviews, and gathering background materials.
Draft proposals for campaign priorities to individuals and family foundations.
Administrative support of Governance Committee (prospective trustee pipeline maintenance, board candidate profiles).
Partner with special events staff to plan and execute campaign events.
Write, edit and proofread proposals, letters, and other correspondence as necessary.
Work strategically, as assigned, with the Head of School, other senior administrators, faculty, staff and volunteer leaders to support fundraising priorities.
Assist with select cross-institutional communications and other special projects.
Engage colleagues across the institution to enhance the perception of the advancement office and become an active member of the community.
4+ years of experience working in a development office; donor-facing experience preferred;
Commitment to the independent school education; an understanding of ECFS mission and goals and the ability to articulate the school’s uniqueness and relevance;
Possess the highest level of integrity, donor confidentiality and discretion of sensitive information, tasks, and relationships;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Computer literacy particularly in word processing, using internet resources, and using databases;
Ability to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision;
Desire to be part of a team and a community with the capacity to work well independently;
Exceptional initiative and work ethic;
Ability to think strategically, creatively, analytically, and deal effectively with challenges;
Willingness to work nights and weekends as required.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment qualified people of color, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK to 12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.