Hackley School

Major Gift Officer

Tarrytown, NY

Position Description

Executive Summary

Hackley School, a private, coeducational K-12 independent school, seeks an energetic, intellectually curious, and values-driven Major Gift Officer at a time of growth and momentum within the School’s advancement program. The Major Gift Officer (“MGO”) will play a critical role in the success of Hackley’s upcoming comprehensive campaign and advance a culture of philanthropy that matches the strengths, authenticity, and generosity of the Hackley community itself.

Hackley School was founded in 1899 through the generosity of Mrs. Frances Hackley, who, in partnership with leading Unitarians of the era, sought to create a non-sectarian school that embraced Unitarian values of intellectual questioning and inclusiveness, welcoming students of diverse religious, economic, ethnic, and national origin. Hackley has evolved since its founding into a coeducational K-12 day school with five-day Upper School boarding. Those who walk through the entrance of Hackley’s main building are greeted by the engraving, Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend; this core value permeates Hackley’s beautiful 285-acre campus, known as the “Hilltop.” Located just 30 minutes north of New York City, the campus features the Walter C. Johnson Center for Health & Wellness, numerous playing fields, and the Hackley Forest, complete with outdoor classrooms and wetlands facility. Today, Hackley teaches 850 students across three divisions (Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools), boasting an average class size of 16 and a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

The MGO will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic Head of School, Michael C. Wirtz, now in his fifth year at Hackley, who brings an approach of appreciative inquiry and thoughtful operational evolution to Hackley, as well as affirming commitments to equity and inclusion and the holistic well-being of students. Hackley offers an exceptional, well-rounded experience—reimagining a liberal arts education with a broadened curriculum of competencies and experiences to meet the needs of tomorrow’s learners and citizens. The School cultivates a strong and distinct culture emphasizing relationships, diversity of perspectives, character development, and enduring academic skills. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and the administration form deep relationships in an inclusive community in which they respectfully challenge and support one another to grow in new ways for meaningful connection. This deep sense of belonging empowers students and alumni to transcend beyond individual achievement and exemplifies another of Hackley’s core values—go forth and spread beauty and light—rising to complex challenges and anticipating the needs of a constantly changing modern era as citizens of the world.

Hackley’s historical legacy and core values are the foundation of a special environment. Prior leadership significantly increased philanthropic capacity and committed resources for transformative investments in the School’s infrastructure and in recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty. Over forty percent of Hackley’s faculty reside on campus, enabling them to participate in the life of the campus beyond the classroom and to provide formative guidance and celebrate the success of students that is rare for a day school.

Every staff member at Hackley is committed to delivering on the School’s mission by creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. The Hackley community learns and grows through relationships, values fairness and equity, and finds beauty and strength in differences as well as commonalities. Hackley strives to embed these principles in its curriculum and programming, admissions and financial assistance, hiring practices, and in the cultivation of character. United, Hackley works together to help each community member feel they belong. Accordingly, Hackley is especially interested in recruiting members with diverse lived experiences and individuals with a commitment to inclusivity.

To Apply


Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, the reasons why you are best suited for the position and would be a great addition to the Hackley community, and where you learned of the position. Nominations and application materials should be sent directly to: HS-MGO@talentcitizen.com.

Hackley is an Equal Opportunity Employer, intentionally committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We welcome candidates representing a full spectrum of race, ability, gender, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation. A Hackley education embraces both the open exchange of ideas and learning from varying perspectives, inclusive of the beliefs and identities reflected within the community. Qualifications for employment include a demonstrated commitment to these principles.
Position Description

Search Team

Tracy Welsh  

Rachel K. Partin