Major Gift Officer
The Advancement Division at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is seeking a qualified candidate to join its Development team as a Major Gift Officer. TCNJ is a highly selective public institution located in Ewing, New Jersey - an ideal location approximately five miles from the state capital, and 60 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing a portfolio of current and prospective major gift donors supporting the School of Science and the School of Engineering. The Major Gift Officer will work closely with the Deans of each school executing the engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of individuals and corporations/foundations in his/her assigned prospect pool. She/he will be expected to prepare well-written call reports, solicitation proposals, and to take an active role in the identification of major gift prospects. The candidate must also be able to successfully maintain an appropriate and equitable balance of effort and time serving each school.
The Major Gift Officer will work in partnership with the College's Development team to develop and strengthen the College's overall pool of major gift prospects. The candidate will establish collaborative and productive relationships with the administration and faculty of the School of Engineering and the School of Science and become knowledgeable regarding each School's priorities, programs, events, etc. to advance the interests of each School and to more fully engage alumni, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated, successful experience in major gift fundraising for science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) in a university/college setting. He/she will be responsible for meeting an annual gift revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of approximately 175 major gift donors and prospects to advance the mission of the College and to assist donors in meeting their philanthropic goals. Extensive experience in this regard is a prerequisite, in addition to a track record that underscores an ability to identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit, and steward very important alumni and friends of the College.
A bachelor's degree is required and minimum of seven years of progressive experience in development, in addition to strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects and work in a collaborative fashion. Knowledge of fundraising software systems and an understanding of prospect management are preferred. Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and to travel on regional day trips with occasional overnight travel required.
TCNJ is a highly selective, public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for its 5,900 undergraduate students, who benefit from a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of only 20 students. TCNJ is one of only five public institutions included on Barron's Profiles of American Colleges list of the 75 "most competitive" colleges and universities in the United States, and of those five, TCNJ is the only primarily undergraduate institution included. TCNJ's campus encompasses 289 beautiful tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, NJ, which is located between Trenton and Princeton in the historic Delaware Valley, and is convenient to Philadelphia, New York, the Jersey shore, and the Pocono Mountains.
To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.