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Development Officer
Posted 11/01/2018 11:50AM

Riverdale Country School is a highly regarded pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent college-preparatory school that provides a rigorous and stimulating academic program that encourages independent thinking and creativity as well as respect for the diverse interests and backgrounds of others.

Currently in year six of a seven-year, $100 million, comprehensive campaign, Riverdale seeks a Development Officer to join a dynamic and highly productive office. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the successful candidate will help manage a major gifts fundraising plan, with an emphasis on donor relationships, solicitation activities, and stewardship of high-capacity prospects.


The Development Officer will work closely with their fellow Development Officer, as well as the Chief Development Officer and Head of School, to ensure the success of the current $100 million R+ Campaign. They will design and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure major gifts from a variety of constituents including alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, and foundations. They will proactively manage a pool of approximately 150 current and prospective donors with the capacity and inclination to make five- to seven-figure leadership gifts.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop strategies and cultivate relationships that lead to solicitation and stewardship of major gifts
  • Verify pledge commitments and gift agreements; oversee and execute pledge collection
  • Identify and prioritize campaign prospects; participate in prospect assessment processes
  • Work with development colleagues to plan and execute relevant cultivation events and donor recognition opportunities
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


The successful candidate will have experience working and cultivating relationships with diverse constituencies and proficiency soliciting major gifts. They should possess a commitment to Riverdale Country School’s mission, have a passion for education, enjoy multi-tasking, and work collaboratively with colleagues, alumni, parents, volunteers, and other members of the Riverdale community. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 5+ years fundraising experience, ideally in an independent school, college, or university environment
  • Proven track record of donor solicitation and demonstrated success soliciting and closing major gifts
  • Appreciation of Riverdale’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Veracross or comparable fundraising database
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders of all levels; high level of energy, creativity, and flexibility
  • Capacity to both work independently and thrive in a team environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work outside normal working hours, as needed

Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to Rachel Horowitz, Development Assistant, at or via mail to Riverdale Country School, Attn: Rachel Horowitz, 5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471.


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Bronx, NY 10471
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