Leadership Gift Officer

Nov 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Leadership Gift Officer
Connecticut College

Applications accepted through:

Pay Type:
Exempt (salaried)


Reports to:
Director of Major Gifts

Appointment Type:
Continuing Full-Time

Hours Per Week:

Work Schedule:
52 weeks per year

Benefits Eligible:
Full Benefits

Qualifies for relocation reimbursement:

Job Summary:
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE has an opportunity for a highly dedicated individual to work together with a strong, mutually supportive Major Gift team in its department of Advancement. Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, this varied and exciting professional position is an opportunity to work broadly in higher education development with a focus on fieldwork stewardship and direct solicitation.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
We are seeking an individual who can create and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of between 125 and 200 major gift prospects (alumni and parents) and identify new prospects for major gifts in excess of $50,000; manage and oversee regionally assigned major gifts prospects; prepare proposals, directly solicit donors and assist in the coordination of major gift fund-raising activities and strategic planning by the major gifts office. Working with colleagues, the Major Gifts Officer will serve as team's point person for creating and implementing a program designed to identify, engage and solicit parent prospects who have the highest capacity and propensity for giving. In addition, s/he will manage and oversee regionally assigned major gift prospects and travel extensively alone as well as with the President and/or Senior Administrators on prospect calls and events.

Responsibilities include but not limited to: cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors to generate income to meet College priorities, when appropriate, be able to make a comprehensive solicitation including annual fund gift and planned gift as well as major gift; receive, analyze and act on prospect research information and develop prospecting strategies, matching prospects to College priorities; develop strong internal relationships needed to bring information and resources to the cultivation and solicitation effort; assist in short and long term strategic planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals and objectives; motivate faculty and volunteers to participate in cultivation and solicitation activities; coordinate fund raising campaigns; establish strong relationships with prospective donors with an eye toward meeting College fundraising goals; other duties as assigned or as necessary.

Bachelor's degree and a min. of 2 years of relevant work experience required including a proven record of successfully soliciting and closing major gifts, experience in working on a capital/endowment campaign preferred. Must possess excellent interpersonal, analytical, organizational and leadership skills; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to independently initiate, organize and follow through with program plans as required. Other requirements include but are not limited to: proficiency in Word and Excel, ability to analyze and interpret data in order to develop effective solicitation and engagement strategies; experience communicating through e-mail and social networking sites required. Must have the ability to build and sustain key relationships with potential donors, management, faculty, and staff; excellent organizational skills and ability to set priorities and keep to deadlines; innovative approach and the ability to work independently and in a team. Extensive travel required.

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume

Applicant Credentialing:
Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check will be conducted on the selected applicant.

As a highly selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE

For more information and to apply, visit: https://conncoll.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=50512&job=leadership-gift-officer

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