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Major Gifts Officer

About Kents Hill

Kents Hill School is one of the oldest co-ed boarding schools in the country and will celebrate its bicentennial in 2024. Located on 400 beautiful acres in Maine, we bring boarding and day students together from across the world to engage in self-discovery and growth, both in and out of the classroom.

Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our community as we actively strive to be an anti-racist school through consistent and ongoing learning for all. Our caring and deeply engaged faculty members truly know each student, and because of that are able to create transformational experiences and be in their corner, all the time.

The academic curriculum ensures that students are prepared for anything by merging four dimensions of learning (knowledge, skills, character, and reflection) to balance academic rigor with strong support. Students also have the opportunity to explore their passions in athletics and the arts and develop leadership potential with over 30 different clubs and activities.

To learn more, visit www.kentshill.org

Position Overview

Major Gifts Officers are the primary front-facing staff responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects, defined as having a financial capacity of at least $100,000 over five years or less. Major gifts officers are also responsible for stewarding assigned major donors and monitoring gift agreements, utilizing the Donor Relations Manager for assistance. These positions require significant travel within a region, and occasional travel to the Kents Hill campus and other locations. The Chief Advancement Officer and Head of School also serve as senior major gifts officers as a portion of their duties. 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Working location is flexible, with options including fully remote, hybrid, or on campus. 

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a rotating portfolio of 120-150 major gifts prospects (includes current donors).

  • Complete 12-15 prospects visits/month (set up own meetings).

  • Recommend capacity and inclination ratings for all prospects.

  • Write a thorough trip report for every visit within two days of visit, ideally one day.

  • Enter all trip reports into Raisers Edge within three days of visit, ideally two days.

  • Create a long-term and one-year “Moves Management Plan” for all rated major donors.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of planned giving techniques and relevant financial and tax planning issues.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum five years of fundraising experience, preferably at an independent school, college, or university, or equivalent related/relevant professional experience. Prior experience with a  capital campaign is a plus.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Proven ability and drive to achieve ambitious fundraising goals.

  • A thorough understanding of how relational database structures function.

  • Knowledge of fundraising software, preferably Raiser’s Edge.

  • Familiarity with prospect research tools and practices.

  • Demonstrated track record of building strong donor relationships and closing gifts.

  • Excellent communication, writing, and listening skills.

  • Collaborative and collegial work style; highly skilled at negotiation, critical thinking, and analysis.

  • High degree of integrity, initiative, and resilience. 

  • Confidence and poise to work effectively with individuals of wealth.

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of commonly used gift planning strategies.

  • Excellent time management skills, and ability to handle multiple projects with high attention to organization and detail.

  • Computer literacy and excellent writing skills.

  • Some evening and weekend work is required, as is frequent travel. 

Benefits Include: medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) matching retirement plan, vacation, sick time, and free tuition for dependent children.

How to Apply: Please send a letter of interest and resume to HR@kentshill.org.

Kents Hill School is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.