United Schools Network, Major Gifts Manager (2017-2018) (Columbus, OH)

Columbus, OH


Date published: 2-Jul-2017

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The United Schools Network (USN) is a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that starts and manages urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap.  The network includes two high-performing middle schools, a high-performing elementary school, and is launching a second elementary school in the fall of 2017.  We are seeking a Major Gifts Manager to join our network.


The Major Gifts Manager position is a full-time position designed to identify, qualify, cultivate and direct stewardship of donors with a gift capacity of $2,500 or more to support both Phase II of the capital campaign and major gifts initiative for school programs. The effective Major Gifts Manager’s warm personality and proactive approach will engage a portfolio of individual, foundation, and corporate donors in supporting these initiatives.  Ensuring the development team works cohesively to implement a calendar of opportunities to connect donor passions to the USN mission will be a primary responsibility of the position. The Major Gifts Manager must be highly organized, able to effectively manage multiple priorities, and work effectively with the network and school leadership teams, the Board of Trustees, donors, students and alumni with sensitivity and professionalism. The Manager reports to the Development Director.



United Schools Network prepares middle and elementary school students to achieve academic excellence and become citizens of integrity.  High expectations for scholarship and behavior and an achievement-oriented school culture ensure all students are equipped to enter, succeed in, and graduate from the most demanding high schools and colleges.


Core Values

  1. All students have the ability to achieve academic excellence. 
  2. All students thrive in a highly disciplined school environment.
  3. All students must be prepared to excel in demanding high schools on their way to selective colleges.
  4. All students deserve outstanding teachers that produce outstanding results.


Our Students and Results

  • Admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered during the admissions process. 
  • In 2017-2018, USN will serve students in grades K-4 and 6-8.
  • 75% of our students are students of color and 90% are economically disadvantaged.
  • USN 8th graders regularly gain acceptance to the top high school programs in the city.

Joining Our Team

United Schools Network will consider hiring a full-time Major Gifts Manager who:

Donor Relations

  • Utilizes management strategy to effectively track the donor journey for Major Gifts cultivation.
  • Manages a portfolio of 75 – 85 major donors, for both program and capital initiatives.
  • Provides leadership and support for campaigns and major gifts.
  • Serves as a frontline fundraiser in closing five-figure, six-figure, and seven-figure gifts.
  • Coordinates prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Oversees campaign management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment and maintenance of timelines.
  • Maintains master campaign calendar to maximize cultivation events.
  • Directs the design and production of campaign materials and collateral (customized donor proposals, campaign brochures, renderings, signage, etc.) as appropriate with the campaign timeline.
  • Schedules meetings, prepares talking points, assembles presentations and full meeting preparation for Board members, campaign volunteers, and USN staff.
  • Coordinates appropriate gift stewardship activities with the Stewardship Associate.
  • Accurately records prospect/donor information and contacts in the database.

Other Duties as Assigned by the Development Director 

  • This description is representative of the position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.


Experience & Qualifications

United Schools Network will consider hiring a full-time Major Gifts Manager who:

  • Has exceptional and warm interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with team members, community leaders, board members, prospects, donors, and a variety of volunteers.
  • Is results-driven, with commitment to data excellence and the use of data, combined with critical thinking skills, to drive strategic fundraising decisions.
  • Has capacity to excel in a team environment or independently, and to adapt to a rapidly changing environment with emotional constancy.
  • Is open to feedback, a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the network, and the ability to learn from one’s mistakes.
  • Values continuous improvement both for self and development projects.
  • Has personal and professional integrity with willingness to abide by the Donor Bill of Rights, the AFP Code of Ethics, and the Development Team Vision, Mission, and Core Values.
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to and enthusiasm for USN’s mission and financial success.
  • Has a Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of proven major gift fundraising experience (required).
  • Has technological proficiency in Google and Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.   

Terms of Employment

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.  Compensation and benefits are competitive; employees are eligible to participate in Ohio’s State Educators Retirement System.  United Schools Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position: Major Gifts Manager

Reports to: Development Director

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