Brehm Preparatory School
  • 08-Nov-2019 to 08-Dec-2020 (CST)
  • Administration
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance; Paid holidays; Paid Time Off; Retirement Account with employer matching; Professional Development Reimbursement


Director of Major Gifts


Since 1982, Brehm Preparatory School, Inc. has empowered students with learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential. Designed around the way each child learns best, an Individualized Holistic Education Plan (IHEP) integrates cognitive, academic, social, and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive program designed to educate the whole child.


Brehm's caring, highly qualified faculty and staff welcome students in grades 6 through 12+ into a dynamic new learning environment brimming with optimism. Working quickly to break down barriers, build trust, and rebuild self-confidence, they embrace students in a nurturing boarding school environment where each child feels accepted and supported. This holistic experience produces students with the tools, skills, and confidence to become effective self-advocates and independent learners able to succeed in school, find fulfilling careers, and lead balanced multi-faceted lives. Brehm Preparatory School invites applicants for the position of Director of Major Gifts.


Description of the Position:

This position is responsible for a portfolio of major gift prospects and is expected to identify, cultivate and solicit private individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships for the benefit of Brehm Preparatory School, Inc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, communications and/or a related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional fundraising experience in education or other non-profit organizations

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Orchestrate and execute the advancement of relationships with prospective donors through appropriate stages of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship culminating in philanthropic support
  • Identify and establish personal contact with current and prospective major gift donors whose interest and financial capacity have the greatest likelihood of meeting the School's goals
  • Secure at least $500,000 annually in Annual Giving Campaign, cultivating new donors each year towards this goal
  • Conduct documented face to face personal visits each year
  • Set specific goals and objectives to effectively advance toward solicitation of major gifts
  • Develop a working knowledge of and strategies for appropriate solicitation of planned gifts
  • In addition to the Annual Giving Campaign, plan and coordinate any/all Capital Campaign efforts, as deemed necessary and needed by the Head of School
  • Develop and maintain positive relations with donors and the general public through personal contact, written correspondence, press releases, and social media
  • Provide stewardship of gifts including acknowledgments and coordination of recognition events
  • Steward relationships and build community support and awareness in the local region
  • Navigate the donor database to run queries, soliciting information in order to provide needed information of donors and for donor solicitation
  • Assist the board and other staff with their solicitation 

 Required Skills:

  • Excellent computer skills with familiarity with various software programs
  • Aptitude to learn and navigate institutional data management and information systems
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking
  • Strong time management and attention to detail
  • Ability to establish priorities and follow-through
  • Comfort with efficacy and operating independently or with supervision
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the population served
  • Ability to exhibit maturity, poise and a positive attitude

Work Hours:  

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m., with occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Required participation in some weekend special events


  • Travel required as needed to cultivate donors (as noted above)


  • Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance
  • Retirement Account [403 (b)] with employer matching
  • Standard Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional Development Reimbursement

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to meet the Illinois State Board of Education employment requirements including pass a physical exam, TB test, background check
  • Ability to pass a driving background check
  • A valid driver's license, or ability to obtain one within thirty days of hire
  • Ability to provide proof of valid vehicle insurance


Please submit your resume, cover letter, official transcripts, and 3 professional references directly to the Director of Human Resources via or mail submissions to the address below. Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.


Director of Human Resources

Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane

Carbondale, IL 62901

Fax: 618-529-1248




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