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Major Gifts Officer

Earlham College
Richmond, IN

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Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: 4 Year Degree

Job Category: Administrative Faculty

Responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with many of Earlhams graduates and friends so that they may realize their philanthropic dreams for the College. Responsible for managing a portfolio of donors for purposes of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, as well as creating new relationships with future donors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cultivates and solicits major gifts and leadership annual gifts.
  • Manages a pool of 200+ donors, maintaining a robust annual face-to-face visit schedule to provide frequent, meaningful and personalized contact with donors.
  • Provides frequent personal contact phone conversations, email and traditional correspondence to keep donors abreast of the Colleges needs and funding priorities, and to determine how those priorities align with the donors philanthropic interests
  • Immerses themselves in College culture and activities in order to accurately and effectively tell the Earlham Story when meeting with donors.
  • Uses a moves management process to ensure that donors consistently progress toward new, increased or continued philanthropic support of the College.
  • Speaks knowledgeably about primary planned giving vehicles leading to referrals to the Colleges planned giving specialist
  • Documents contact with donors in the database in a timely manner
  • Represents the College at selected events and performs other duties as assigned


The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Assistant Vice President for Development and also works closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and other members of the Colleges Institutional Advancement office.

Position Expectations:

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and the ability to write persuasively and effectively for varied audiences.
  • An appreciation for higher education and Earlhams commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
  • Ability to travel at least 1 week out of each month.
  • Detail-oriented with proven record of follow-through.
  • Bachelors degree required

Additional qualifications and characteristics sought include:

  • The ability to serve as an enthusiastic, articulate spokesperson for Earlham, reflecting a strong commitment to the mission and values particular to a Quaker liberal arts college.
  • Strong team player with a positive attitude and outlook.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact, discretion, and humanity.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on other duties as assigned.
Please submit the following application materials through the Earlham College Career Portal:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement on Diversity: The Statement on Diversity should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work.
  • Contact information for three references

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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