Reports to: 

Director of Advancement

FLSA Status:



The Philanthropic Engagement Officer works closely with the Director of Advancement to develop and implement strategy for individual major gift donor relationship management (manage, nurture, upgrade) to meet short and long-term goals of the School. The primary objective of the Philanthropic Engagement Officer is to develop long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donor’s interests, passions and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Create, integrate and implement short, intermediate and long-term individual major gifts 

  • Develop strategic funding requests based on short, intermediate, and long-term funding goals of the organization for high net worth individuals (100-150k). 

  • Act as primary relationship manager for individual and private foundation prospects of $10,000 or more/year to reach or exceed annual funding goals. 

  • Play a lead role in soliciting and closing major gifts. 

  • Manage relationship process for individual major gift donors including prospect solicitation, briefings with primary relationship managers. 

  • Cultivate and expand current giving by planned gift donors and integrate planned gift objectives into major individual donors.


  • Plan and implement funding campaigns, events and activities (volunteer experiences, tours, receptions, etc.) for individual major gift donors using existing activities as appropriate 

  • Execute major gift materials, including briefing memos, proposals and stewardship materials 

  • Manage and coordinate volunteer donor groups to cultivate and request new gifts 


  • Monitor weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity to achieve major gift revenue goals 

  • Assist with review and verification of major gift donor recognition lists 

  • Track and report relationship management activity using constituent relationship management system including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current individual major donors 

  • Participate in regular Advancement staff and organization-wide meetings 


  • Confidentiality, integrity, discretion, attention to detail is imperative.

  • Organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. 

  • Knowledge of education fundraising and overall annual giving program functions is desirable.

  • Strong computer skills to include Word and Excel, additional database software knowledge a plus, with a willingness to learn new computer programs.

  • Proven skills in data extraction and manipulation for planning and evaluation.

  • Willing to travel approximately 12 weeks 

  • Some nights and weekends may be required.

  • Planned giving experience desirable.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years’ experience in Advancement work with a focus on proven major gift success.

Why Hathaway Brown:

  • Competitive salaries for Independent Schools

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision package, 403(b) plan with matching

  • Employer-covered life insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Voluntary insurance offerings: additional life, accident, critical illness,

  • Professional development program

  • Wellness credit

  • Collaborative teaching environment with seasoned professionals

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Hathaway Brown School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community through our admission policies, hiring practices, professional development, curricular and extracurricular programming, and school culture. We believe that these communities must be centered on the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people who are members of other marginalized communities. View our full DEI statement.

About Hathaway Brown

Hathaway Brown School has a rich 146-year history of educating and empowering girls. As Ohio’s oldest continually operating college preparatory for girls, Hathaway Brown has earned a reputation for academic excellence and innovation in the region and around the country. Home of the Learn for Life signature approach, Hathaway Brown has long been devoted to a fusion of cutting-edge curriculum and experiential learning. Our approximately 850 students and 225 faculty and staff come to Hathaway Brown from 89 different communities in Northeast Ohio and enjoy our stunning 16-acre campus in Shaker Heights, Ohio – just minutes from the cultural attractions of downtown Cleveland.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to If you have any questions you may contact Meredith Cavell, Director of Human Resources at 216-320-8112.

Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44122


Learn More about Hathaway Brown

Signature Learn For Life Approach

HB is a top-ranked girls school because our signature approach, facilitated by extraordinary educators, empowers girls (and boys in Early Childhood) to take ownership of their education and achieve their utmost potential.

Professional Development

“We learn not for school," is more than the school’s motto. Every faculty and staff member is empowered to pursue professional development. Because of an investment in lifelong-learners, HB is a leader in girls’ education. Learn more about our robust PD opportunities, including international experiences to enhance the classroom.

Strategic Plan

HB is nationally regarded as a defining voice in girls’ education, setting the highest standards for distinguished academics and empowering girls. The strategic plan lists our goals for continued innovation and excellence in education. 


We hope to meet you in-person for an interview. Until then, take a virtual tour of our 16-acre Shaker Heights campus. Amenities include an aquatics center, on-site infant and toddler center where many faculty and staff children learn and grow together, and a dining hall where you can enjoy healthy and free lunch daily. 


HB is a celebrated community of faculty, staff, students, families, and more than 4,000 alumnae across the globe. We have varied life experiences, contribute diverse points of view, and enrich our learning environment. Learn more about our commitment to DEI.

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Our marketing and communications team along with the alumnae engagement office produce an award-winning magazine. Each publication features thought-provoking articles about Hathaway Brown and other relevant topics. Read the latest issue or visit our newsroom for blog posts and videos.