Major Gifts Officer, College of Arts and Humanities

College Park, Maryland
Aug 17, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Full Time

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Development with the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts for College initiatives and priorities including academic units and the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (The Clarice). The Major Gifts Officer will carry a portfolio of 100-120 donor prospects whose gift capacity is $50,000+. S/he will develop and write solicitation proposals for individuals and possibly other institutions. The Major Gifts Officer monitors all assigned prospects and contacts to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations and communication with alumni and non-alumni friends. The MGO will work collaboratively with, and in support of, high level volunteers and other development staff, department chairs, and faculty throughout ARHU and the Clarice.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong ability to identify and cultivate major gift prospects and move them toward solicitation. This position will take the lead in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals and will be particularly skilled at engaging major prospects in meaningful ways that further productive philanthropic relationships This position will carry its own portfolio of prospects with prospect visit goals of 10-15 per month and 3-4 solicitations per quarter. S/he will recommend, facilitate, and attend development and other cultivation and engagement activities for the College and The Clarice, ensuring execution at the highest level. Regional and national travel is required 50-60% of the time.


Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):

Bachelor’s Degree required.

A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in development/fundraising with a successful track record of closing five-figure gifts is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser with a proven track record of identifying and cultivating major gift prospects toward a solicitation. 
• Knowledgeable of best practices in the advancement field. 
• Must be a strong writer with the ability to develop and write proposals for individual prospects. 
• Must be energetic and an organized self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a team environment. 
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across the University for the Enhancement of the donor experience. 
• Must have an understanding of, and preferably direct experience, working in highly complex organizations.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 
• Ability to travel 50-60% of the time (mostly local) is required.

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