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The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio is an independent day school serving two-year-olds through grade 12.  With a student enrollment of 1,044 and a faculty and staff of 220,  Seven Hills is widely recognized as a leading independent school in the region and known nationally for its accomplishments.  Perennially named as one of the best College Preparatory Schools in Ohio, each year, its graduates go on to matriculate at leading colleges and universities across the U.S.

The School is committed to continuous improvement.  It has executed multiple strategic plans in recent years and articulates its commitment to “being the best at getting better.”  The School’s mission statement is “Seven Hills engages hearts and minds, guiding students to cultivate their unique capacities and preparing each for a meaningful role in a rapidly changing world.”  The School achieves this mission by offering a comprehensive and deeply engaging educational program in a warm, inclusive, and collaborative community.  On average, 25% of each class earns National Merit recognition, the pass rate for Advanced Placement exams is 95%, and 75% go on to become Advanced Placement Scholars.  From 2020-2022, Seven Hills students earned over $20 million in merit-based scholarships to many of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.  Students are at the heart of Seven Hills, and in their heart lies a true joy for discovery and learning.

Seven Hills has an outstanding fundraising program for an institution of its size.  The School has raised over $55 million in the last 10 years.  Its fundraising has allowed the School to support a robust financial aid program, quadruple its endowment, and complete the following capital projects:  Taft Early Childhood Center, three turfed playing fields, a four-court Field House, The Schiff Center for the Performing Arts, a new Middle School Building 10 tennis courts, and 4 squash courts.  Fundraising for these initiatives has all been accomplished by a 5-person development staff, supported by the Head of School and active volunteer leaders.

This is an exciting time for Seven Hills School, and joining this dynamic and highly productive development team is a great opportunity.  Chris Garten, Head of School since 2009, will retire in June after 15 extremely successful years leading the School. Matt Bolton, currently Head of the Upper School at Seven Hills, will succeed Chris Garten as Head of School in July.  It is anticipated the School will begin focusing on its next major capital campaign under Matt Bolton’s leadership as Head of School. Seven Hills School is a simulating school community and a great place to work: defined by its energy, optimism, collegiality, and strong support across the entire School community.

Cincinnati is widely recognized as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  It is a cultural and business hub in the heart of the Midwest that offers countless cultural and recreational attractions. Cincinnati’s economy is robust, and its cultural amenities include professional theatre, opera, ballet, multiple world class museums and the nation’s fifth oldest symphony orchestra.  The park system includes over 100 parks and natural areas.  Cincinnati is home to major league baseball, football and soccer teams. Cincinnati is a warm, inclusive, family-friendly place to call home.

About the Major Gifts Officer Position

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is responsible for developing and managing relationships with prospects determined to have the ability to make major and planned gifts to the School.  The MGO will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors, working to cultivate lasting relationships with these key stakeholders of the School.  As the Seven Hills development team is small and nimble, the MGO will join a highly collaborative group of professionals to ensure a coordinated and effective execution of major gifts moves management.  The MGO will be expected to steward, retain, and upgrade current major gift donors and bring new major gifts donors to Seven Hills.  Success will be measured not only in dollars raised, but by such metrics as contacts, face-to-face visits, and stewardship touches.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Working strategically with the Director of Development to achieve fundraising goals in support of the financial priorities of the School.
  • Securing major gift support for a set of School-wide institutional priorities that include sustaining academic and co-curricular programs, providing support for financial aid, increasing the endowment, and raising funds for the School’s emerging capital priorities.
  • Managing a portfolio of 150+ prospects with a primary focus on qualifying prospects and closing gifts of $10,000 and above.
  • Participating in all aspects of the gifts cycle: identification, research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, gift closure and stewardship.
  • Managing the Head of School’s and Director of Development’s principal gifts portfolio. This includes developing strategies, providing written materials and oral briefings, and assisting with solicitation and stewardship strategies.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Development and other colleagues to identify, rate, and assign new prospects, creating prospect and donor relationship strategies, engaging volunteers effectively and generally creating a high functioning major gift program at the School.
  • Conducting an average of 20 face-to-face visits per month.
  • Completing contact reports after every donor visit, and continually updating database information on donors and prospects as appropriate.
  • Participating in prospect management meetings by contributing to the development and implementation of strategies that will encourage giving at the major gifts level for Seven Hills.
  • Assisting in planning and implementing donor recognition and campaign events.
  • Assisting in building a robust planned giving program through relationship building, marketing efforts and learning about planned gift methodologies.
  •  Working with the Alumni Office and Director of Development to plan and implement regional events for Seven Hills to engage current and prospective major gift donors to the School.
  • Preparing operating plans and budget for a robust principal and major gifts program.
  • Developing individual stewardship plans for top major and planned giving prospects, with the assistance of the Advancement Services Manager.
  • Serving as a member of the Development Team and participating in Development events as appropriate.

Qualifications/Skills

  • A commitment to the mission of Seven Hills School and an appreciation for the uniqueness of an independent school environment. Direct experience with an independent school is a plus.
  • Proven record of securing major gifts and a demonstrated knowledge of planned giving practices.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to learn and communicate to stakeholders the school’s unique strengths.
  • An ability to work independently (within a team setting) and the drive to achieve results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to cultivate lasting relationships.
  • Ability to respond well to constructive criticism and deal successfully with challenging circumstances.
  • Competence in word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and comfort in a digital environment.  Experience in Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and based on experience and qualifications.  Seven Hills School benefits include health insurance, retirement contributions and PTO.  Salary range is $90,000-$125,000.

Application

Seven Hills School has retained Fissinger Fundraising LLC to conduct this search.  To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Peter Fissinger
Principal
Fissinger Fundraising LLC
pjf@fissingerfundraising.com
630.747.8247

To apply for this job email your details to pjf@fissingerfundraising.com