Senior Advancement Officer, Principal and Planned Gifts

York, Pennsylvania
Mar 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

A senior member of the Advancement Division, the Senior Advancement Officer, Principal and Planned Gifts will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting a select group of the College’s highest potential donors. The Senior Advancement Officer will also be responsible for closing a significant number of gifts, gift commitments and bequest intentions ranging from $25,000 – $500,000. In consultation with and at the direction of the Vice President of College Advancement, he/she will be responsible for planning prospect outreach with other key administrators or volunteers.  In consultation with the Assistant Vice President of College Communications and at the direction of the Vice President of College Advancement, he/she will develop and launch a planned giving program based on industry best practices that incorporates a marketing and outreach plan to secure written documentation of bequest intentions from York College alumni, faculty, and friends of the College. He/she will maintain a portfolio of 80-100 donors who have the potential to make gifts of greater than $100,000 over a 2-3 year period to the institution.      



The candidate must have a 4-Year College degree, and a minimum of 6 years experience in higher education, nonprofit major gift fundraising and/or relevant work experience. The candidate must possess a fluency with major gift fund raising and planned giving techniques, policies and best practices. Comprehensive campaign experience is desirable.

The candidate must have a commitment to the mission of York College, its vision and goals. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, in person, over the telephone, and in writing.  Experience and demonstrated skills writing solicitation letters, composing gift proposals, and preparing closely related documents are important.  The ability to confidently and authentically establish and build relationships with individuals is mandatory. 

Working knowledge of computer applications for fund raising, sales management or a closely related field is important.  Knowledge of Banner enterprise management and PG Calc software is extremely useful.

It is important for the candidate to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, to have the ability to work well in a fast-paced work environment, and to be flexible.  Collegiality and a sense of humor are important.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, for full consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2018.


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