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Career Center
May 14, 2019

Major Gifts Officer

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
Washington DC United States
Position Starts: June 30, 2019
Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in Washington, DC, is currently seeking Major Gifts Officer.  The Development office will seeks to raise $2.58 million in current operating support for FY20 through strategic engagement, direct appeals, and events to support this tuition-free school.  Additionally, the school will complete the public phase of a $6.5 million capital campaign, presently at $5.6 milion, to fund a new school facility at THEARC, retire debt, and fund a cash reserve for operations.  Located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, Bishop Walker School offers a diverse and collaborative work environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and sustain a high level of continuous contact and engagement with a portfolio of 150-200 major gift prospects ($1,000-$10,000 annual donors). 
  • Manage 300-350 substantive “moves” with prospects over the year; these may include scheduling meetings, in person meetings (8-10 per month), substantive phone conversations and written correspondence. 
  • Qualify for further engagement a strong and under-cultivated pool of donors who give annually $1,000 - $10,000. 
  • Develop, market, and implement a creative and visible scholarship donor program for the school to meaningfully steward and engage our major donors. 
  • Identify meaningful volunteer opportunities for donors and prospects; encourage and track their participation.
  • Be an active and visible participant in the life of Bishop Walker School.


  • Bachelor’s degree, plus 3 – 5 years of experience in development/fundraising and/or relevant experience in education or business.  Record of donor/client solicitation and closing, preferable.  
  • Commitment to ethical fundraising, collegiality, teamwork, and the mission of the Bishop Walker School.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and supportively with colleagues and high-level volunteers. 
  • Proficiency with the Windows computer environment including MS Word and Excel, and G Suite. Experience with The Raiser's Edge® or comparable fundraising management software preferable. 
  • Availability and willingness to work outside the normal schedule including early mornings, evenings, school holidays, and weekends.  Regular travel in the DC metro region and occasional travel, required. 
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle, a plus.  

To learn about our benefits, please click here. Bishop Walker School is a diverse community that welcomes and values individuals from all backgrounds.

Contact Information

Interested candidates who meet the qualifications should send a cover letter and resume to bphillips@bishopwalkerschool.org.