Major Gifts Officer: Community Partnership School

Posted March 5th, 2019 at 9:50 am.

Organizational Overview
Founded in 2006 by Germantown Academy and Project H.O.M.E., Community Partnership School (CPS) is a Pre-K through 5th grade independent elementary school located in North Central Philadelphia. Community Partnership School works tirelessly toward its ambitious vision: to meet talent with opportunity by providing children from a low-wealth community with the same quality education offered in the region’s best private schools, supporting and engaging families in the process, and striving to transform lives and strengthen our community.

Summary and Scope of Position

The Major Gifts Officer’s primary responsibility will be to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and potential individual and corporate donors with the capacity to make gifts of $10,000+. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues in the Advancement office, school administration, and volunteer leadership to create and implement fundraising plans that result in major gifts for Community Partnership School.

Essential Job Functions

• Develop annual visit, solicitation and revenue goals in conjunction with the Director of Advancement
• Create detailed prospect relationship strategies around donor interests and school priorities for an assigned portfolio of approximately 100 current and prospective donors
• Conduct 8-10 face-to-face meetings per month for the purposes of qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors
• Prep for and attend donor meetings with Head of School and volunteers (e.g. board members)
• Prepare proposals and materials including written documentation for accurate gift recording, acknowledgements and reporting
• Ensure the integrity of information in the school’s DonorSnap database relevant to assigned prospects, including visit reports, stages, strategies and tasks
• Develop a thorough understanding of CPS’ mission, evolution, academic and extracurricular programs, and its faculty, students and administration; maintain a thorough understanding of the School’s current and future priorities and initiatives
• Work with Associate Director of Advancement on corporate sponsorship efforts for Celebrate CPS
• Provide staff support for Major Gifts Committee
• Serve as Capital Campaign interface
• Prepare communications for and track individual tax credit programs
• Attend and support appropriate donor engagement events as related to assigned prospects or as needed by the department
• Participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise and visibility within the community
• Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work environment
• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement

Qualifications and Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree required (Continued)


• At least three (3) years of direct experience in non-profit fundraising, or transferrable experience in financial services, marketing/sales or educational management;
• Self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include persistence, affability and drive
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds

• The ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends
• A valid driver’s license and use of personal car

To apply please submit a resume to Anne Wilmerding at

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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