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Major Gifts Officer

Position Type Staff
School Name Pingry School
City, State Martinsville, NJ 
Posted 12/15/2017

Major Gifts Officer

Office of Institutional Advancement

The Pingry School

Founded in 1861, The Pingry School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for over 1,100 students in kindergarten through the twelfth grade, situated on two campuses in Basking Ridge and Short Hills, New Jersey.

The Pingry School’s Office of Institutional Advancement is responsible for the outreach to the school’s internal and external constituencies.  Through community outreach and relationship-building, the department motivates Pingry’s constituencies and the community at large to support the school financially.  By obtaining the financial resources needed for The Pingry School to carry out its mission, the Office of Institutional Advancement plays a vital role in delivering a high-impact overall student experience and thus continuing Pingry’s tradition as a premier independent school.

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major donor prospects for outright and deferred gifts.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors and donor prospects who are capable of making gifts of $25,000 and above for planned and/or major gifts, including annual fund gifts when appropriate.

  2. Coordinate individual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities with the Director of Institutional Advancement, advancement team members, faculty, and volunteers.

  3. Develop strategies, programs, and proposals with development staff members and faculty to attain of specific major gifts.

  4. Maintain a portfolio of approximately 100–150 major gift prospects, achieving maximum industry productivity standards.

  5. Coordinate efforts with other development team members through the prospect management and tracking system and contact reports.

  6. Other duties as assigned by the Director and Associate Director of Institutional Advancement.


  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Clear insight into the characteristics of independent schools.

  • Deep appreciation for the mission, values, organization, and traditions of The Pingry School.

  • Familiarity with planned giving techniques.

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills.

  • Minimum three (3) years of development experience, including demonstrated experience in face-to-face solicitation of prospects.

  • Experience with capital campaigns preferred.

  • Ability to travel 10-14 business days per month and to work nights and weekends as needed.

For additional information, or to apply, please contact Kate Whitman Annis, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, at (908) 647-5555 x1267 –

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