Major Gift Officer
Hamilton is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves. Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy; chartered in 1812 as Hamilton College, Hamilton is the third oldest college established in New York State. Our mission is to provide an educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and the development of students as human beings, as we prepare them to make choices and accept the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic world of intellect and diversity.
Hamilton seeks an experienced and successful major gift officer to join a distinguished institutional advancement program. The candidate will have demonstrated success closing six figure gifts preferably at a selective higher educational institution. This Major Gift Officer will be a vital member of the advancement team that will ensure the success of the College’s upcoming capital campaign. Hamilton will consider applicants who wish to work remotely.
CULTIVATE AND SOLICIT MAJOR GIFTS IN SUPPORT OF COLLEGE PRIORITIES:
- Manage a portfolio of 100-150 major gift donors and prospects who have the capacity to make multi-year commitments of $100,000 and above;
- Make multiple significant contacts with each assigned prospect throughout the year and conduct personal visits at least annually.
DEVELOP SOLICITATION STRATEGIES:
- Implement individual donor strategies to solicit and close gifts as identified above;
- Ability to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
IDENTIFY MAJOR GIFTS PROSPECTS:
- Identify and qualify new prospects;
- Develop long-term relationships with donors and prospects, and successfully solicit major gifts (Annual Fund, capital, current-use College priorities, endowed, life income and estate);
- Maintain complete and timely records of contacts with prospects and volunteers;
- Recruit, train and support key alumni volunteers.
GROW MAJOR GIFT DONOR STEWARDSHIP:
- Design and execute cultivation events for individuals and groups so that donors are properly acknowledged.
SERVE AS COLLEGE AMBASSADOR:
- Understand and represent the full range of activities at the College and be able to articulate its fundraising priorities;
- Manage key volunteers in a variety of roles including identification, engagement, solicitation and event planning;
- Interact effectively with internal contacts such as the president, Deans, Senior Staff, Directors, faculty and other development staff to consult on College needs;
- Travel with and staff the president as well as other college senior employees;
- Represent the College at regional and on-campus events;
- Assist in short and long term strategic planning for the overall major gifts program.
Perform other development-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably from a small liberal arts college
- Six or more years of prospect management and successful development experience, preferably in higher education
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively cultivate major gift relationships and close gifts of $200,000+;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Articulate and persuasive written and oral presentation skills;
- Genuine affinity for the liberal arts and the mission of Hamilton College – able to learn and understand Hamilton’s priorities and to advocate and articulate them to donors and prospects;
- Collaborative problem solver that brings an entrepreneurial approach to designing personal donor engagement strategies;
- Innovative, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects well, working both independently and as a team member;
- Creative, positive outlook, and sense of humor;
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, work ethic;
- Time-sensitive, goal oriented, deadline driven;
- Highly sensitive to confidential information;
- Maintain valid U.S. Driver's License, willingness to travel.
- Evening, weekend work required.
Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references via https://apply.interfolio.com/49270. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.