Director of Leadership Giving

Posted on 03/26/2024

The Peddie School

Hightstown, NJ

We have recently completed a $106M campaign and the momentum is palpable. We are creating this new position in an effort to align and evolve our fundraising efforts in a more intentional way. This chapter will be focused on strengthening our fundraising practices for The Peddie Fund, gift planning, capital needs and ongoing endowed funding priorities. Reporting to the Assistant Head for Development, the ideal candidate must possess a deep commitment to Peddie’s mission, demonstrate excellent listening and fundraising skills, have demonstrated success as an exceptional relationship builder and team player while also exemplifying strategic acumen to design, lead and execute ambitious fundraising efforts. This position will offer excellent professional development for the frontline fundraising team with Plus Delta and we are committed to providing growth opportunities at Peddie.

Essential Leadership and Fundraising Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, provide coaching to team of frontline fundraisers and prospect management professionals;
  • Exemplify emotional intelligence, empathy, and active listening skills to build meaningful personal connections with colleagues and donors;
  • Spearhead unified fundraising strategies to provide colleagues and donors with a cohesive, impactful giving experience;
  • Nurture and steward a portfolio of leadership and major gift-level donors through tailored cultivation, engagement and solicitation strategies based on shared needs and passions;
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to create tailored invitations for support to inspire increased and recurring giving;
  • Design, implement and utilize best practices for Peddie in prospect management, research and moves management in order to maximize philanthropic revenue;
  • Partner with colleagues in engagement, gift planning, events, and marketing and communications to design integrated engagement and cultivation efforts;
  • Foster a collaborative environment that shares donor strategies, information, and fundraising best practices among colleagues;
  • Design ambitious yet achievable goals and strategies to help the team achieve them.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or certification in fundraising, nonprofit management, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in frontline fundraising roles, with a proven track record of increasing gifts from repeat donors and securing leadership ($2,500 – $49,999) and major gifts ($50,000-$1M) from individual donors.
  • Effective at leading by example, with strong coaching and mentorship abilities.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and interact compassionately with diverse colleagues and constituents.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to develop and implement strategic fundraising plans for oneself and others.
  • Commitment to ethical fundraising practices and adherence to industry standards and regulations.
  • Ability to travel as required for donor meetings and events. Hybrid work may be considered.

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