Leadership Giving Officer
Job Description Summary: The Leadership Giving Officer will assist the university in reaching its dollar goals through soliciting leadership-level annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The primary objective of the leadership-level giving program is to increase the number of donors who give annually, ultimately increasing the amount of private, unrestricted support raised each year. Cultivate prospects among alumni and friends of the University through various meetings, events and solicitations. Solicitation activities are primarily focused on personal meetings. Develop and implement solicitation strategies and processes. Furman University is committed to educating the whole student, encouraging academic and emotional growth while also providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. At the core of the University is a dynamic engaged learning philosophy that's grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are taught by top-notch professors whose chief priorities are teaching and guiding undergraduate students;all within a close-knit campus community where ideas and perspectives are valued and encouraged. The Furman Advantage promises all students an education that delivers value by preparing them for successful, meaningful lives. Guided by a community of mentors and supported by institutes and centers, students chart personalized four-year pathways that are made meaningful through guaranteed engaged learning experiences. Our institutes and centers ensure there is a connection between the resources of Furman and the communities that we serve and strengthen. The Richard Riley Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank that promotes discussion and analysis of issues critical to South Carolina's future. The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability acts as a research hub and action center where students, educators and community leaders work together to explore sustainability challenges and generate scalable solutions. The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health serves as a convener of programs, educational initiatives, ideas and resources working collectively to bridge the population health gap of the Greenville community and beyond. The student experience at Furman includes NCAA Division I Athletics, a vibrant student life culture encouraged by a 100 percent residential community, and a campus that is internationally recognized for its beauty. Founded in 1826, the private university is located in the award-winning city of Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational, and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional residence halls to apartments. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking, and an 18-hole golf course. Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. More information about Furman University http://www.furman.edu/About/About/Pages/default.aspx More information about Greenville, SC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOhkYvKk0XA
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and one or more years of related experience in sales or fundraising. Strong interpersonal skills are essential for interaction with students, alumni, parents and friends of all ages. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form. Self-confidence, strong organizational skills, and effective time management skills are essential. Ability to effectively represent the University and to work effectively in a team environment with a mix of alumni and colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications: Three years of fundraising, volunteer management or sales. Working knowledge of Excel and Raisers Edge. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of individual giving. Experience and demonstrated success in soliciting gifts in the $1,000+ range. Prior experience in a University setting.
Salary Grade: Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Special Instructions: Full Time