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Major Gift Officer

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Include entire education and work history on application. Must attach resume and cover letter

Posting Details

Posting Details (Default Section)

Posting Number: 0602157
Position Title: Major Gift Officer
Position is: Regular full-time
Position Type: Staff Position (Full Time/Part Time)
Department/Ofc.: Foundation
Position Description:

The Major Gift Officer manages the fundraising process for an assigned portfolio of prospects and donors and conducts activities leading to gifts of $10,000 and above. The position conducts major gift activities for the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and Washtenaw Community College.

The primary responsibilities of the Major Gift Officer includes the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual major gift prospects with the capacity to donate over $10,000. This position will assist the AVP of College Advancement in coordinating the involvement of academic leadership, Foundation board members, faculty, fundraising volunteers, and College leadership in Major Gift planning and activities.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identify, qualify and manage a portfolio of potential and current major donors with capacity to make gifts in excess of $10,000
• Match WCC funding priorities with individual donor interests
• Conduct at least 150 personal visits or significant contacts per year
• Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies around donor and prospect current and life-time giving potential
• Input donor information into database, including call reports and next steps
• Ensure continued contact with prospects and donors, including cultivation activities, appropriate solicitations, and consistent stewardship
• Develop plans and strategies to include academic leaders, volunteers, board members, AVP of College Advancement, or the President in prospect and donor visits
• This position requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm
• Evening meetings and attending special events may lead to extended hours as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience
• 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in development and fundraising, preferably with 2-3 years of experience in a community college or university
• Demonstrated success in obtaining major gifts
• Experience working with fundraising volunteers such as board members, advisory members, or community leaders
• Excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills
• Ability to interact effectively with high capacity donors and prospects
• Demonstrated understanding of the major gifts fundraising process
• Knowledge of the computer and databases and their application activities

Preferred Qualifications:
Posting Date: 04/04/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Include entire education and work history on application. Must attach resume and cover letter

Salary/Hourly Rate: $71,813 - $78,994
Salary Comments:

Current Washtenaw Community College Employees Salary is determined by BOT Policy 5005***
An Administrative Group employee whose job has been reclassified or who is promoted to a new position shall have his/her salary set at the new salary range minimum or at 10% above current salary, whichever is greater.

Starting rate/salary is determined based on education and work history listed on application.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Washtenaw Community College website
    • MIHERC (Michigan Higher Education Consortium)
    • Pure MI Talent
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    • Indeed
    • LinkedIn
    • Glassdoor
    • Ann Arbor MLIVE
    • Ladders
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Community College Times/AACC
    • Community College Week
    • Diversity Jobs
    • IM Diversity
    • Career Builder
    • Craigs List
    • Other
  2. If Other please specify.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have at least a Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education and experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess at least 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in development and fundraising?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you possess success in obtaining major gifts?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 1
  2. Other Documents