Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Fri May 7 2021 Job Description:
The Major Gifts Officer plays a key role in the overall growth of philanthropy at Clark University. As a member of the Major Gifts team and the University Advancement team, the Major Gifts Officer will have a leadership role in the strategy, planning, and stewardship of his/her assigned prospects.
Major Gifts Officers will work directly with faculty departments and other areas of the university to be fully engaged in connecting their prospects to their interests at Clark University.
Effectively manage a major gift portfolio.
Initiate and/or strengthen relationships with major gift prospects; create strategies for and solicit donors capable of contributing $50,000-$500,000.
Participate directly in the cultivation, solicitation and closure of gifts.
Develop individualized strategies through collaboration with colleagues and faculty.
Identify new prospects and opportunities for philanthropic support as appropriate.
Coordinate activities with Alumni and Friends Engagement and Planned Giving, and other major gifts officers, ensuring prospects and donors are appropriately involved in University-wide events and activities as appropriate.
Continuously update the prospect management database with relevant information related to donor strategies, contacts, and results.
Appropriately steward donors in a timely manner in accordance with University Advancement procedures.
Uphold the University's giving policies and procedures.
Enhance professional skills through seminars, conferences, training, and individual mentoring.
Other duties as required by the Executive Director of Major Gifts.
Bachelor's degree, required.
A record of accomplishment in individual major gift fundraising and experience in cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of gifts of $50,000 or more.
Excellent time management skills, ability to work independently and travel.
Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising?able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (1) to initiate contact with potential donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with other volunteers and University administrators and faculty; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion towards solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations when appropriate; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
Develop a deep knowledge of Clark University, the culture, community and academic and co-curricular strengths.
Develop a deep understanding of the priorities and needs of Clark University.
General knowledge of tax laws that affect charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
Superb oral, written and interpersonal skills.
Solid relationship building skills, able to interface with alumni, donors, volunteers, faculty, administrators, and trustees.
Ability to work collegially within Advancement and across all University units.
Personal belief in the mission, goals and objectives of private higher education
Very strong listening skills
Self-motivation and self-starting
Passion for fundraising
Enthusiasm and high energy level
Desire to have fun while working in an environment of intelligent, highly motivated people
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.