The Director of Major Gift advances the mission and strategic priorities of Catholic Memorial High School by increasing the level of philanthropic commitment from donors. This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating, involving, engaging and soliciting the school’s major gift prospects. The Director of Major Gifts advances the engagement and stewardship of a portfolio of current donors and identifies new opportunities for support from new donors. The Director of Major Gifts identifies and qualifies new prospects to develop a robust donor pipeline.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
Promote the mission of Catholic Memorial High School as a culture of faith, service, compassion, justice, and respect.
Responsible and accountable to the President for the creation and implementation of the major gift program.
Create and implement strategies to secure major gift-level financial commitments in support of the school’s capital needs (facilities, endowment, technology, etc.).
Establish and manage a planned giving program.
Support a portfolio of individual donors of approximately 150-200 names.
Collaborate with members of the Advancement Team regarding gift pipeline, acknowledgement, and stewardship.
Update Raisers Edge with relevant information resulting from work with major gift prospects.
Align the major gift program’s financial goals based on the school’s strategic plan, capital project requirements/needs and the school’s major gift potential.
Create the major gift program case for support document that is used as the primary tool for major gift solicitations.
Work closely with the President, development staff and Advancement Committee in pursuit of major gifts.
Understand and utilize electronic screening information on major gift prospects (Wealth Engine).
Responsible for promoting each component of their prospects’ giving: annual, major and planned (the “comprehensive” approach).
Bachelor's Degree or higher required. May consider experience & education in lieu of degree.
At least 5 years of related experience with donors who have major philanthropic interests. Consideration may also be given to candidates with high-level sales experience instead of fundraising experience.
Proven history of closing major gifts.
Education fundraising experience preferred, but not required.
Capital Campaign experience preferred, but not required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About Catholic Memorial High School
Catholic Memorial High School is a private high school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Founded in 1949, CMH is a college preparatory high school emphasizing value-based education that strengthens the character of the whole student intellectually and spiritually.
Offering a variety of academic courses to meet multiple learning abilities, CMH is truly a school where the entire family can thrive. Course offerings at CMH encourage critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and encourage talent-driven, team-based innovation. At Catholic Memorial High School, innovation is the art of problem-solving while learning to be a leader who can work as part of a team.
Catholic Memorial High School is also deeply rooted in serving the community. All students are granted opportunities to learn how to become a servant leader who serves the Church and the greater Waukesha community, thus preparing CMH graduates to go out and serve the world.