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Reports to: Assistant Head of School for Advancement


Asheville School seeks an individual to join a dynamic office of one of the leading independent schools in the country. The Major Gifts Officer will manage a major gifts fund-raising plan as part of a strategic $25 million capital campaign. An emphasis will be placed on individual donor relationships and successful solicitation activities of high-capacity prospects. This individual should possess a commitment to Asheville School's mission, have a passion for education, and have the ability and talent to successfully work with colleagues, alumni, parents, volunteers, and other members of the school community.


  • Management of major gift prospect portfolio with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Achievement of key metrics including 7-10 face-to-face quality visits each month.


  • Communication and advocacy on behalf of the needs of the School.
  • Completion of contact reports and other pertinent follow-up after donor visits.
  • Work with campaign coordinator to manage all appointments, travel arrangements and reservations.

Position Requirements

  • Attendance and participation at various school activities as well as campaign-related meetings, events, or other special projects.
  • Willingness and ability to travel; frequent travel is required and necessary in order to achieve contact accountabilities.
  • Excellent listening, writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills a must; ability to be persuasive and motivating.
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters with appropriate discretion.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in fundraising.
  • Familiarity with educational institutions, preferably independent schools.
  • Previous experience with fundraising software; Raiser's Edge (Blackbaud) preferred; Moves Management a plus.
Candidates should send letter of interest and résumé to Daniel Seiden, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, at seidend@ashevilleschool.org.

Reports to: Assistant Head of School for Advancement


The Campaign Coordinator works closely with the head of advancement and campaign chairs to help keep the campaign on schedule and progressing with a high level of visibility and momentum that engenders a sense of excitement, optimism and confidence in achieving the campaign goal.

Major Donor Work

  • Make arrangements for meeting with donors: Work with team members and volunteers to schedule meetings with prospective donors. This includes email and phone calls to all people involved. Once the donor has agreed to meet, he/she is responsible for making the meeting happen.
    • Assist the Executive Director and other campaign leaders in keeping the momentum for arranging meetings with donors. He/she makes suggestions about possible meetings/engagement opportunities and encourages the leaders to be proactive in reaching out to donors.
    • Handle meeting responsibilities include making lunch reservations, coordinating schedules with a staff person for a tour of campus/facilities, sending a confirming email or note the day before the meeting, sending any necessary information to the donor before the meeting.
  • Prepare materials needed for major donor meetings. The coordinator customizes materials, keeps them updated and organized.
  • Follow up from major donor meetings: He/She makes sure the donor is thanked appropriately and receives the materials or follow up action promised at the meeting. He/she makes sure that records of the meeting are updated and filed and that follow up actions are noted so they can be acted on in the future.
  • Conduct prospect identification and research: He/She works with the Director of Advancement Services to prepare necessary prospect research
  • Working with the campaign committee, develop and execute a communication plan for donors.
  • Plan and execute small campaign related events. When appropriate, work with Director of Events

Campaign Committee Work

  • Work with the Executive Director and campaign leaders to schedule committee meetings and make sure that all of the necessary material is organized and available at the meeting. He/She attends each meeting and keeps accurate notes about what happened, especially noting who agreed to do what actions following the meeting. He/She follows up with each person reminding (and clarifying with) them about what they have agreed to do and provides them whatever they need to get the task done.
  • Coordinate other meeting follow up, such as drafting notes for the head of advancement and campaign leadership to work with after the meeting.

Gift Acknowledgment and Tracking

  • Work with the head of advancement, the Development Committee of the Board, and the business office to approve updated gift acceptance policies.
  • Ensure that every campaign gift and pledge is managed seamlessly so that the donor is officially thanked within 48 hours of receiving the gift and thanked again by other members of the campaign team.
  • Maintain an updated list of naming opportunities.

Campaign Reporting and Coordination

  • Work with Director of Advancement Services to develop and maintain an accurate report of campaign progress to date.
  • Coordinate with the other development staff to make sure that the all contact with campaign donors is coordinated so as not to conflict with the annual fund or other operating fundraising and volunteer efforts.

Communications Planning

  • Assist in developing and executing a public relations/communications plan to keep the campaign in the public's eye and to maintain its momentum. He/She will work with the Communications Office, campaign leadership, and external vendors to implement this plan.

Candidates should send letter of interest and résumé to Daniel Seiden, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, at seidend@ashevilleschool.org.

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