In 1890, The Taft School was founded with a broad but singular mission: to educate the whole student. At its core, the mission means that education is personal, moral, and ethical, as well as academic. In essence, Taft values high scholarship and intellectual endeavor along with a belief that character, above all else, determines success in life. While the world and the school have changed dramatically since the founding, its fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all of your talents, academic, artistic, and athletic; and most important, give of yourself to others.
The Taft School, one of the country’s top boarding schools, is seeking an Executive Director of Leadership Gifts to oversee and elevate a major gifts program focused on raising six- and seven-figure commitments from alumni, families, and friends of the school. The Executive Director will oversee a team of development officers who are pivotal in realizing the potential of Taft’s philanthropic community. This individual must possess superior communications skills and emotional intelligence while having the ability to inspire and lead an experienced staff and dedicated volunteers to support Taft’s mission. The best-matched candidate will demonstrate integrity and maturity in the industry through leadership/management practice and proven major gift experience.