Alumni Development: Major Gifts Officer

Job description

Job ID 13621
Location UW Eau Claire;Eau Claire, WI
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular


Priority Date extended to February 17, 2018--Additional position available.

POSITION: A full-time professional academic staff position is available in the Alumni Development area beginning in late January/February 2018 (or sooner). The working title for this assignment is Major Gifts Officer with an official title of in the Development Specialist title series. This is an expected-to-continue assignment that requires a six-month probationary period. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Must have driver’s license.
  • Demonstrated ability to contact individuals over the phone and internet to schedule appointments, make face-to-face visits and build positive relationships between UW-Eau Claire alumni/friends and the University for soliciting and securing major charitable gifts on behalf of the university.
  • Must be highly motivated, organized and flexible.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communications skills.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office components.
  • Must be able and willing to travel primarily in the Minneapolis/Twin Cities area and to strategic locations in the United States where UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are located.

  • Status as a UW-Eau Claire alum.
  • Experience working as a development officer in higher education or any non-profit considered a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
  • This work of this position is focused primarily in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and selected geographic areas in the United States where there are critical masses of UW-Eau Claire alumni. Because of the concentrated work in the Twin Cities, it is preferred that the incumbent live in the Twin Cities.

  • Contact alumni and friends on behalf of the university and schedule appointments to meet them to discover theirpotential interest in making a gift and their capacity to do so.
  • Implement strategies for comprehensive efforts to secure major gifts of $25,000 and above from alumni and friends ofUW-Eau Claire. Schedule appointments with prospective donors, make face-to-face calls, accomplish specific objectivesfor each call as developed in conjunction with supervisor and provide follow up reports on visits.
  • Engage in direct and systematic cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major prospects and donors. Have directresponsibility for maintaining and building relationships with a portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • Participate in prospect research activities and strategy sessions to identify and evaluate prospects for major gifts.
  • Assist in hosting campus visits and other special activities to cultivate major donor prospects and encourage theirdecision-making on major gift proposals.
  • Represent UW-Eau Claire Foundation at various fundraising and other appropriate meetings where fundraising iswarranted. Make formal and information presentations. Provide staff support for projects as assigned.
  • When gifts are secured, work with the development staff to establish funds and create and implement appropriatedonor recognition and stewardship activities.

THE UNIT: The Development/Alumni/Foundation area is the legally recognized entity to solicit, receive, manage and disburse private gifts on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and its people and programs. The Foundation recently completed the Power of Possible Centennial Campaign, raising more than $75 million to celebrate the university’s centennial and to invest in the university’s people, programs and places. Since 2000, the Foundation has transferred more than $40 million to the university in direct support of scholarships, faculty and staff expense, program and facilities. More than half of that amount has been for scholarships and awards for students. The unit works on effectively communicating and engaging the more than 85,000 alumni and more than 13,000 annual donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. For more information go to:

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, consistently is recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Alumni Development: Major Gifts Officer position (Job ID # 13621) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Please direct requests for additional information to: Rick Foy, Screening Committee Chair, Unit of Alumni/Development/Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 651-497-8530 or [email protected]

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by 4:00 pm on February 17, 2018. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report ( . Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.





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Posted: 7/11/2018
Application Due: 8/9/2018
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