Position Title: Major Gifts Officer
Position Number: 42003
Division: Institutional Advancement
Recruitment Pool: Open to the General Public
Position Type: Full-time/Staff
Source of Funding: Grant-Funded/Restricted
Posting Date: February 3, 2014
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Work Days: Monday - Friday
Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Extensive Travel Required)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts. He/she is responsible for providing administrative support for all major and planned giving efforts at the University by annually managing a portfolio of 125-200 major and planned giving prospects; assisting in the administration and maintenance of all policies and procedures for accepting major and planned gifts; developing and implementing a marketing strategy including workshops, dialogues, and one-on-one meetings; and working with other major gift team members to secure substantial major and planned gifts. He/she will collaborate closely with the Assistant Vice President of Major & Planned Gifts to design, plan and implement an aggressive marketing program to identify, cultivate, solicit and effectively steward major gifts from alumni and friends of the University through the use of one-on-one visits, meetings and proposal writing. He/she will prepare proposals and solicitation materials to send to prospects, identify individuals that may be amenable to investing in the University, design and implement a program to bring selected alumni and friends to the campus and to visit on an annual basis; establish annual goals for identifying new individual prospects, establish a program designed to increase the size of gifts that we receive from alumni and friends and to secure repeat gifts from those alumni and friends, develop cultivation and solicitation strategies with the Prospect Management Committee, move donors to higher giving levels through the use of moves management strategies; plan and implement an aggressive planned giving program in collaboration with other major gift team members, host regular seminars focused on financial planning, wealth management and deferred giving, manage volunteer leaders as assigned, track and record all major gift prospect activities as in the Raiser’s Edge database system as outlined by departmental policies and procedures, and perform all other duties assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Major & Planned Gifts and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement within the scope of the position.
QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree in non-profit management or philanthropic studies, public administration, marketing/public relations or a related field is preferred. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and/or licensed insurance agent is/are a plus. Candidate must possess three to five years of experience in major gifts solicitation. The successful candidate must possess a working knowledge and demonstrated ability to operate computer and various software, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, Raiser’s Edge, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.The candidate must have considerable knowledge of CASE and/or AFP fundraising concepts, techniques and practices; possess strong organizational skills, effective communication skills (both written and verbal); a demonstrated ability to take initiative, a strong ability to multi-task, ability to work independently and as a team member, a demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes that may occur and the ability to travel extensively, i.e., weekdays and weekends.
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