Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. It works to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. Higher Achievement intervenes during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from its program in the 8th grade, Higher Achievement helps them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. As a result, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.
Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement's award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement, including recent press mentions, may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org.
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will lead major donor fundraising to support Higher Achievement's impact on scholars across the country. Working closely with the CEO, CDO, and DC Metro ED and Development Director, the MGO will manage a portfolio of existing supporters as well as prospect and cultivate new donors passionate about Higher Achievement's mission. The MGO's work will be extremely donor facing, spending much of their time meeting with donors to understand their interests and connect them with funding opportunities that align with their philanthropic interests.
A newly created position, the MGO will play a critical role in implementing part of Higher Achievement's strategic plan, to diversify its $11M in annual revenue by boosting support from high networth individuals. To achieve this objective, the MGO will build a comprehensive major donor program that includes an annual fundraising event and donor recognition strategy, creating a network of supporters passionate and engaged in Higher Achievement's work. Importantly, the MGO will work closely with the DC Metro ED and Development Director to cultivate, steward, and upsell the many current and lapsed donors in the DC area, where Higher Achievement has operated for more than 40 years.
This is an ideal opportunity for a development professional passionate about building lasting relationships with donors to strengthen major gifts fundraising within a national organization that has changed the lives of 10,000 young people.
Key responsibilities include:
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Higher Achievement offers generous benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; commuter benefits with company match; retirement plan with company match; tuition reimbursement and professional development funds.
Location: Washington, DC
Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.