Limestone College, invites applications for the position of Major Gifts Officer. This is a 12-month position. This position will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and have a matrix relationship to the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Major Gifts Officer is a full-time professional position responsible for strategically soliciting and securing funds and resources to support Athletic goals, deepen relationships with current and potential supporters and lead the planning of special events. He/she will create an annual plan designed to expand support for high priority Athletics projects and programs, collaborate effectively with the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and head coaches to identify major giving opportunities, devise fundraising plans and broaden the financial support base by attracting new donors and by increasing commitments from existing supporters, to include outright gifts, endowment gifts and planned gifts. He/she will establish strong working relationships with key college administrators, staff, coaches and volunteers to facilitate fundraising efforts and in conjunction with the College’s strategic priorities, ensure that plans are developed within the Institutional Advancement to support Athletics.
Qualifications and Characteristics
Previous experience working in a nonprofit fundraising department or a similar environment.
Demonstrated success in soliciting, closing and stewardship of gifts.
Knowledge of annual giving fundraising, donor information systems, and databases.
Willingness to make cold calls and conduct personal visits with prospects in affinity campaigns.
This position requires a self-starter with strong written and oral communication skills and experience organizing, coordinating, and developing programs and activities with and for volunteers, preferably in a higher education setting.
The ideal candidate will have an understanding and appreciation of a private liberal arts education and demonstrated knowledge of college athletics.
Unquestioned personal integrity, credibility, maturity, independent initiative as well as an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. Responsibilities
Collaborate with Institutional Advancement teams to create mailings, e-solicitations and social media outreach to encourage engagement and giving to raise money for Athletics.
Work with Athletics to celebrate milestone Athletics reunions and ensure a fundraising element to the planning.
Participate in developing a cultivation and solicitation strategy for assigned and prospective donors with the purpose of securing appointments for personal visits, cultivation and solicitations.
Define and track key metrics to measure performance and fundraising.
Work closely with existing volunteer affinity groups.
Develop and expand individual sport, alumni and parent affinity groups to support Athletics.
Seek corporate sponsorships for Athletics, working in conjunction with Major Gifts.
Collaborate with the Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations on Athletics Hall of Fame Event.
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other employees in the spirit of teamwork and collegiality.
Comply with all Limestone College policies and guidelines.
Serve on college committees as needed.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Three to five years’ experience as a development professional or related experience.
Self-starter with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work non-traditional business hours and weekends.
Volunteer management experience with high-level volunteers such as trustees and Advisory Boards.
Willing to travel on behalf of Limestone College.
Experience in solicitation, both in-person and via written format (online and direct mail).
Experience with affinity groups.
Applicants should complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume (optional) at https://my.limestone.edu/offices/human-resources/jobs. If you have additional questions regarding the position, you may direct them to Kelly Curtis, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
Limestone College is an equal opportunity employer. AA/EOE
About Limestone College
Limestone College is a private, Christian, non-denominational, coeducational liberal arts college. The combination of a small campus and a liberal arts emphasis provides Limestone students with individual attention. The Limestone student/ faculty ratio is 13 to 1, so, unlike larger institutions, the Limestone faculty will know your son's or daughter's name, understand their strengths and weaknesses, discover what makes them unique, and help them grow.
Our small size works outside the classroom as well; students can pursue their ambitions. Students will find ample opportunity to immerse themselves in leadership opportunities, athletics, music and performing arts, and much more.