July 28, 2014

Major Gifts Officer

Harlem Village Academies

New York, New York

Development officer

Field of Interest

POSITION: Major Gifts Officer

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer 

LOCATION: Harlem, New York City

WEBSITE: www.harlemvillageacademies.org



Harlem Village Academies is widely recognized as a national leader in public education reform. Its growing network of high quality public charter schools is transforming the lives of children in Harlem by providing them with an excellent education. Led by a team of passionate social entrepreneurs, Harlem Village Academies has achieved national prominence as one of the highest performing urban schools in the country. HVA sets high standards for academic performance and personal conduct; intervenes with love and rigor when a child is off-track; and engenders in students a love of learning, a spirit of community and dedication to excellence.

The results have been extraordinary. Most students enter HVA schools several years below grade-level, many with a history of poor behavior. After a few years with the schools they make remarkable gains.

In addition to its consistent track record of educational excellence, Harlem Village Academies has a committed Board of Directors and a group of supporters including some of the country's most influential leaders in business, finance, real estate and media. Harlem Village Academies is regularly featured in New York and national media and serves as a model for schools across the United States. 



With its proven, replicable education model, Harlem Village Academies is poised to make a national impact. HVA hopes to build a graduate school of education which will train outstanding teachers committed to urban education. To fund this expansion, HVA seeks a talented, energetic Major Gifts Officer.  Reporting to the COO, working closely with the CEO, and serving as a partner to the Development Director, the Major Gifts Officer will manage and expand a portfolio of donors.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Work collaboratively with volunteers, board members and other development staff to cultivate and solicit donors in the five to seven figure range

Monitor all prospect contacts  to ensure positive and productive relationships

Build relationships with the Board of Directors and other major donors, coordinate communications and generate continued and increased support for fundraising initiatives



The ideal candidate will be a highly intelligent, driven individual with a passion for public education, a track record of success in cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of donors. He or she will be polished, professional and articulate with a high level of comfort interfacing with a Board of Directors, CEOs, corporate executives and high net worth individuals. He or she will be a genuinely kind and caring individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial culture. Although fundraising experience is preferred, HVA will consider candidates who have relevant experience in other fields such as business development and investor relations.  In addition s/he will have the following qualities and skills:

Five to seven years successful experience in major gift fundraising

Demonstrated success increasing the number of donors as well as the giving of a portfolio of donors and prospects

Self-motivated, resourceful and detail- and deadline-oriented

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate a compelling message to various constituencies

Highly organized with the ability to manage, follow-through, and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously

Proactive, entrepreneurial style with the ability to take initiative, recognize opportunities and develop and implement focused plans for executing on those opportunities

Committed team player, with willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes to support the success of Harlem Village Academies



HVA is full of kind, generous people who are focused on results. We are willing to put in the hard work necessary to meet our ambitious goals. We go above and beyond for our team because we believe in and trust one another. We are all committed to the mission of Harlem Village Academies, and act in our students' best interest at all times.  The ideal candidate thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and is able to adapt quickly to change.



Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.



First, learn about us! Review our website (www.harlemvillageacademies.org) and consider whether Harlem Village Academies is the place for you. If it is, please apply through the Careers section of our website. 

Date Posted
July 17, 2014

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