Reporting to the Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Advancement Resources and working as part of the Major Gifts team, the Gift Officer’s primary responsibility is to qualify potential donors that have been identified as having the capacity to make gifts of $10,000+. Will work collaboratively with colleagues in the Advancement Office and high-level volunteers to create and implement plans for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for individuals that result in major gifts for the College. Some travel and after-hours work is required.
- Create opportunities to conduct face-to-face meetings and strategic documents for the purposes of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding an assigned portfolio of prospective donors and existing donors according to best practice standards.
- Document all contacts in Raiser’s Edge per established Advancement Office guidelines, policies and procedures.
- Manage donor relationships according to Advancement Office’s established prospect management guidelines, policies and procedures.
- Create detailed cultivation/solicitation/stewardship plans for assigned donors and donor prospects each year and prepare briefing documents when needed.
- Conduct personal visits independently or with key volunteers/college staff/college faculty with 10-15 donors and donor prospects each month.
- Work to achieve yearly revenue goal; work with department colleagues to identify, qualify, and assign new major gift prospects; work collaboratively with colleagues to plan cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies/activities for current and prospective donors.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of Ursinus College history, academic and extracurricular programs, and its faculty, students and administration; maintain a thorough understanding of the College’s current priorities and initiatives of the faculty and administration.
- Attend and support appropriate alumni and donor engagement events related to assigned responsibilities; participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise in profession.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Leadership Giving and Advancement Resources.
Requirements and Qualifications
- 0-2 years’ experience with a preference for one year of fundraising work in an advancement office.
- Bachelor’s degree with a preference for one in areas such as communications, financial services, marketing/sales or educational management.
- Self-starter, whose hallmark qualities include being persistent, being personable, and possessing a desire to succeed. Shall work with other members of the department to develop essential strategies in a major gifts moves matrix.
- Must possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an ability to relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds.
- A personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier college of liberal arts, and the ability to work in a goal-oriented environment are required.
- Valid driver’s license and use of personal car.
Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.
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