Position Number: 40013
Division: Institutional Advancement
Recruitment Pool: Open to the General Public
Position Type: Full-time/Staff
Source of Funding: Grant-Funded/Restricted
Posting Date: September 18, 2015
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Work Days: Monday - Friday
Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Extensive Travel Required)
Claflin University, a four-year, independent, residential institution, seeks a proven fundraising professional to serve as the Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, this officer is responsible for developing and implementing an aggressive program that will identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts to benefit the University.
The Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts plays a key role in securing substantial financial resources and gifts that enable Claflin to accomplish its mission and achieve its strategic goals. This senior development officer is responsible for managing the major gift program and ensuring its operations successfully benefit the University.
Serves as a leader in securing major gifts and is responsible for planning and implementing major gifts fundraising activities
- Manages major gifts program involved in all aspects of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts prospects
- Develops both long-and short-range operational action plans to strengthen and grow the major gifts program
- Works closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement and Stewardship to plan targeted outreach activities aimed at increasing the donor pool and cultivating/stewarding existing prospects
- Works closely with other division directors (Annual Fund/Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement and Stewardship, Foundations and Corporate Relations) in planning innovative outreach activities aimed at strengthening the donor pool and cultivating/stewarding existing prospects
- Develops an aggressive planned giving program aimed at securing gifts from alumni and friends of the University through wills, estate planning, life insurance programs, stock, and various forms of trusts
- Works closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in responding to strategic institutional priorities by planning, setting, and monitoring annual goals aimed at supporting those priorities
- Provides staff support for Advancement staff members who are active in fundraising
- Trains and oversees interaction with volunteers
- Directs all phases of fundraising effort for major prospects/donors
- Serves as a leader in planning and conducting fundraising rating meetings and seminars
- Plans and implements strategies for identification, timely solicitation, and stewardship of prospects
- Cultivates, solicits, and stewards prospects through personal visits and written and oral communications
Candidate must have a master’s degree and at least five years of demonstratively successful experience in fundraising in an organization with a viable and comprehensive major gifts development program. At least five years of experience in major gifts is highly desired.
Other requirements include:
- Demonstrated managerial and administrative experience in major gifts
- A high-energy level with an imaginative and entrepreneurial approach to fundraising
- An aptitude for staff development
- A track record of being a team player
- Proven interpersonal oral and written communications and organizational skills
- A good working knowledge of computerized systems
- The ability and willingness to travel extensively, both weekdays and weekends
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is the oldest historically black institution of higher education in South Carolina. The independent, four-year, liberal arts university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation.
In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Claflin as the 9th best HBCU in the nation, and Washington Monthly named the institution the best liberal arts college in South Carolina.
With an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, Claflin has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Nearly 80 percent of the University’s 117 full-time faculty members hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.
Claflin’s 12 academic departments are housed in four academic schools: School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students can pursue 35 undergraduate majors.
The University also offers three dual-degree programs: Engineering (3+2 with Clemson University); Engineering Technology (3+2 with South Carolina State University); and Biology/Public Health (4 + 1 with the University of South Carolina).
Two graduate programs are available: Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Biotechnology.
Claflin is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NCAA (Division II). The University fields nine intercollegiate teams. The men’s sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. Programs for women include basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
Claflin University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Special Note: Effective January 1, 2011, all new hires must pass a criminal background check.
Application Procedure: Candidates must submit an application, an unofficial transcript and three current letters of recommendation to:
Claflin University – Human Resources Office
400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115
Fax # 803-535-5818
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Human Resources Office. Office Number: 803-535-5635 Job Line Number: 803-535-5394 TDD Number: 1-800-735-8583 (TDD).
Equal Opportunity Employer