Major Gifts Officer

Saint Marys City, Maryland
Aug 27, 2018
Oct 01, 2018
Full Time

St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City is accepting résumés for the position of Major Gifts Officer. The position works as part of the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement, Development unit. The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) is responsible for developing and executing fundraising strategies that grow the College’s private support for strategic initiatives. The position will focus on individual gifts at the major giving level, including larger six and seven figure gifts.

The MGO will actively manage a minimum portfolio of 100 major gift prospects, repeatedly moving them through the major gift process. The MGO will build the College’s major gifts program by identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts including unrestricted funds, endowment growth and specials initiatives. An emphasis for this position will be in Athletics.

Additional duties will include identifying and soliciting sponsorships, stewarding donors, assisting in team planning and related events, and tracking and maintaining accurate and timely reports in the database.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree or higher. A minimum of five years’ experience in a higher education or a non-profit setting with direct fundraising experience is required. The candidate must be able to travel frequently and have strong organizational and planning skills. Proven ability to solicit and close philanthropic gifts, preferably at a major gift level is also required. Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in Historic St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Maryland's public honors college.  Undergraduate and residential in nature, with a diverse coeducational student body numbering approximately 1700, St. Mary's emphasizes excellence in teaching.  The institution was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1997.  The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and close proximity to the amenities of Washington D.C., Baltimore and Richmond.

St. Mary’s College ( embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission.  We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity.  Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé (including e-mail address), statement of how the applicant’s employment at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity, and three references and submitted online at:  Questions may be directed to Sandy Abell at

Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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