The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization located in Chicago and whose mission is to create schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.
Reporting to the Director, External Affairs, The Major Gifts Officer will play a critical role in fundraising by leading the effort to secure new support from individual donors. As part of the External Affairs team, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors with the capacity to give $10,000+. Reporting to the Director of External Affairs and working closely with the Managing Director of External Affairs, the Major Gifts Officer will leverage AUSL’s committed champions dedicated to our mission. We are seeking a mission-driven, collaborative, self-starter, who brings individual giving fundraising experience.
Essential Job Functions:
Create and carry a personal prospect portfolio of approximately 125 prospects.
Utilize existing donor database and original research, identify a portfolio of donors to cultivate and solicit.
Develop relationships with prospects through various cultivation calls, letters and handwritten notes. Development and writing of donor cultivation materials, acknowledgements, and produce personalized proposals for individual support.
Develop written solicitation plans for major gift prospects.
Complete 150-200 quality contacts per year with prospects from portfolio.
Coordinate and provide assistance in the design of strategies for cultivating and soliciting donors held in portfolios of senior staff and volunteer leadership.
With other Development team members, identify, qualify and research new donor prospects.
Assist in events and other donor meetings for cultivation and stewardship.
3-5 years of fundraising experience with a passion for the mission of AUSL.
Ability to show evidence of building strong and sustaining relationships with individual donors resulting in an increase in individual giving.
Follow fundraising metrics
Experience developing new prospects and new donor relationships.
Entrepreneurial spirit to drive results
Possess high integrity, team player, detail oriented yet results-driven and flexible.
Self-directed and resourceful
Exude poise, be supportive, diplomatic, personable and able to manage confidential information with discretion.
Minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising experience
Significant experience in personal solicitation
Applied for-profit experiences, such as sales, may be considered
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
Evidence of continuing professional education in such areas as planned and estate gifts and leadership development a plus
Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred
Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Academy for Urban School Leadership
AUSL creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.