At San Diego Hebrew Day, families come every corner of San Diego County, speak many different languages, represent the spectrum of Jewish religious identities, and come from varied socioeconomic backgrounds.
Founded in 1963, San Diego Hebrew Day is accredited by California Association of Independent Schools (hebrewday.org) and offers a comprehensive, dual curriculum of Judaic and general studies, preschool, K – 8.
About our Major Gifts Program
Hebrew Day currently raises a total of $850,000 through its annual campaign and major donor solicitations. Currently, major gifts represent approximately 50% of annual fundraising revenue. A recent development audit found this donor segment – if cultivated, stewarded, and solicited more systematically -- could contribute significantly more each year.
About the Position: Under the supervision of the Head of School and with guidance from the school’s fundraising consultants, the major gifts officer will be responsible for managing a portfolio of donors and prospects with the capacity to make annual contributions of $3,600+ Critical to success is building and maintaining meaningful relationships with current and new major donors, moving donors through the giving pipeline,
and proactively working with the Development team to diversify the donor base.
Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
-Commit to the ideals expressed in San Diego Hebrew Day School’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.
-Manage a portfolio of current donors and prospects with the potential of giving $3,600+ annually, including their cultivation, stewardship and
solicitation; review portfolio quarterly for moves management.
-Work to grow donor giving year-over-year through engagement and cultivation.
-Develop revenue goals and solicitation strategies for all major donors and prospects.
-Produce major gift fundraising progress and year-end reports, and present them to Development Committee and Board.
-Initiate, build, and steward effective long-term relationships with individuals who have the capacity to give at the major gift level.
-Ensure the integrity of information in the school’s database relevant to assigned prospects, including moves management reports, strategies,
communications, and tasks.
-Provide leadership in the facilitation of relationships between major gifts prospects and the Head of School, Trustees, and other volunteer leaders.
-Collaborate with annual giving and gala staff to ensure a continuity of messaging, cultivation, and stewardship across all constituents and partner in the development and goal setting of the Development Committee.
-Keep donors engaged and aware of the organization’s work through cultivation touches, regular communication, virtual and in-person meetings and small group events (when Covid-19 permits).
-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or comparable work experience.
-Major gift fundraising experience required; experience in NAIS-accredited independent school or nonprofit environment preferred.
-Experience working with volunteers and campaign leadership.
-Management of highly confidential personal and financial information.
-Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
-Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
-Aptitude in meeting deadlines efficiently and managing several projects simultaneously.
-Proficiency in the use of eTapestry, Microsoft Office products and Google Suite.