Individual Philanthropic Advisor

Posted on 11/15/2021

The Pingry School

Basking Ridge, NJ

The Pingry School, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and community and civic engagement. The school’s mission is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to scholarly exploration, personal growth, and social responsibility while preparing them to be global citizens and luminaries of the 21st century. Dr. John F. Pingry founded the school in 1861 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and today there are three campuses: Grades K-5 in Short Hills, Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge, and a shared campus for Grades K-12 in Pottersville that focuses on experiential education. The diverse student body is composed of more than 1,100 students from nearly 100 towns in New Jersey and New York. For more information visit the school’s website,, or follow The Pingry School on Facebook and Twitter.

The Pingry School’s Office of Institutional Advancement is responsible for the outreach to the school’s internal and external constituencies.  Through community outreach and relationship building, the department motivates Pingry’s constituencies and the community at large to financially support the school.  By obtaining the financial resources required by The Pingry School to carry out its educational goals, the department plays a vital role in contributing to the overall education and personal development of Pingry students and maintaining Pingry’s place as an outstanding educational institution.

Reporting to the Director of Individual Philanthropy, the Individual Philanthropic Advisor identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major donor prospects for outright and deferred gifts.


  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors and donor prospects who are capable of making gifts of $25,000 and above, to match donor interests with the needs of Pingry.
  • Coordinate individual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities with the Director of Individual Philanthropy, advancement team members, faculty, and volunteers.
  • Maintain a portfolio of approximately 100 – 150 prospects, achieving maximum industry productivity standards.
  • Collaborate collegially with advancement team members, faculty, and volunteers
  • Utilize superb attention to detail to ensure accurate information in input to the prospect management and tracking system on a timely basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum three (3) years of development experience, including demonstrated experience in the face-to-face solicitation of prospects.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Commitment to embracing the mission, values, organizations, and traditions of The Pingry School.
  • In addition to honor and character, commitment to scholarly engagement, and appreciation for stewardship and sustainability, especially important is the candidate’s ease with diverse constituencies and demonstrated commitment to an inclusive school community.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Experience with capital campaigns preferred.
  • Familiarity with planned giving techniques is preferred.
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to travel 10-14 business days per month and to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability with computer software programs including but not limited to Google Docs, Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and Veracross preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to drive.

The Pingry School aspires to be an anti-racist community and is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Pingry is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Pingry School’s employment policy is that individuals will receive equal opportunity in all matters pertaining to recruitment, employment, salary, promotion, and assignment, regardless of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran, or other basis proscribed by federal, state, and local law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

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