Director of Major Gifts September 2021
Reports to the Director of Advancement
Waterford School is Utah’s premier liberal arts, college preparatory private school for students in Preschool through High School. Student learning is Waterford School’s reason for being. Since its founding, the School has instilled habits of independent thought, critical thinking, responsibility, passionate learning, and service to others. A commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging is essential to the Waterford mission. Waterford School’s liberal arts program provides a strong foundation, and the campus culture prepares students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. Waterford delivers a world-class education distinguished by a rich curriculum, an outstanding faculty, a deep commitment to student growth, and a learning environment that is caring, nurturing, and inspiring.
Waterford School seeks a Director of Major Gifts within the School’s Advancement Officer. The Waterford School Advancement Office helps broaden and deepen Waterford’s culture of philanthropy. Working as part of a collaborative and collegial team, the Director of Major Gifts works closely with the Director of Advancement in executing advancement functions of the School with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. This position represents the School among community members, peer schools, and professional organizations. The ideal candidate will coordinate and strategize effectively with all constituents of the School, and will have a proven track record of advancement work, with specific major gift experience. They will have direct responsibility for major gift solicitation for both campaign gifts made over a five-year period and annual fund gifts. They will ensure proper donor qualification, cultivation, briefing, and solicitation, with a goal to increase campaign participation of major donors. They will also be responsible for coordinating prospect management with the Director of Advancement. As a frontline fundraiser, they will be expected to be a visible ambassador of Waterford School, working closely with the Director of Advancement, the Campaign Steering Committee, and Head of School to advance the school’s mission and strategic goals. The role may include other responsibilities not defined in this job description, as beneficial to the Advancement Office and Waterford School.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Start date is anticipated as Fall 2021.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be able to develop a healthy rapport with families, work collaboratively with colleagues and will embrace Waterford School’s mission, vision, and values.
The Waterford campus is set on 41 acres at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, one of North America’s premier outdoor and recreational areas. The school offers an outstanding working environment. The atmosphere is collegial; both families and faculty show a genuine commitment to learning. Benefits include medical, dental, 403(b).
For more information about the school, please go to www.waterfordschool.org.
Qualified candidates should forward a résumé and letter of interest, by email, or fax, to . Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.