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February 22, 2019
Major Gifts Officer
Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 740 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School’s deep commitment to ongoing professional development feeds a renowned Outreach Center that has provided programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries. Wildwood is also a founding member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, working with universities and other private and public schools to transform the college process and move away from, “...an outdated system that rewards only the acquisition of information segregated into single subject areas.”
Wildwood is seeking a Major Gifts Officer who will be a member of the fundraising leadership team securing support for innovative and impactful programs both internally, like our research-based Institute Model for which we received an Educational Leadership Grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, and externally, funding partnerships with LA Title I public schools to expand Systems Thinking curriculum in our community. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the MGO will execute the successful completion of Wildwood’s current capital campaign and grow a post-campaign philanthropic program to secure major and planned gifts from current parents, alumni, and other friends of Wildwood. The MGO works collaboratively with key volunteers, members of the advancement team, faculty, and staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and planned gift prospects to support the objectives of Wildwood School, collaborating with trustees, volunteers, and staff
• Managing a portfolio of 125+ prospects capable of giving gifts of $25,000 and above to continue to build the school’s culture of philanthropy
• Working with the fundraising leadership team to develop cultivation and proposal strategies
• Coordinating with the Director of Annual Giving to help secure leadership annual gifts
• Coordinating with the marketing and communications team to ensure consistency with messaging and brand strategy
• Assisting with planning and/or directing cultivation and stewardship events or efforts
• Developing and managing a planned giving program
• Ensuring appropriate gift processing and tracking, donor acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting and analysis of gifts and donor records

Essential Skills

• A big-picture, strategic thinker who is flexible, highly detail-oriented, and has impeccable follow-through
• Outstanding analytical skills used in identifying school needs, donors’ interests, and connecting the two
• High-touch relationship builder who thrives on community and connection
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to articulate Wildwood’s mission, unique vision, and case for support
• High level of professionalism and the ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information
• Outstanding organizational skills and proficiency in prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently within a collaborative team environment
• A disciplined, results-oriented self-starter with high ethical standards
• Sense of humor
• Ability to work evenings and weekends


• Bachelor’s or advanced degree
• Proven track record in major gifts fundraising of six- and seven-figure gifts
• At least five years progressive fundraising responsibility, preferably in major gifts
• Experience in, or understanding of independent schools and/or nonprofit organizations
• Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge (RE)
• A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, philanthropy, institutional development, and Wildwood’s mission, vision, and progressive educational model

Wildwood is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture and welcomes teachers and staff members who bring skills, qualities, and/or experiences that demonstrate an understanding of and ability to support our work surrounding multicultural education, global citizenship, and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community. Wildwood School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual’s experience and will include Wildwood’s comprehensive benefit plan. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Director of Institutional Advancement at [email protected] with a subject line of “Major Gifts Officer.”

To learn more about Wildwood School, visit our website at www.wildwood.org.
Kristin Hampton
[email protected]

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