Major Gift Officer
North Central College
There are currently (2) two full time Major Gift Officer (MGO) positions available. The position is a visible member of the Development and Alumni Engagement team who serves a critical role as an ambassador for the College, building strong and sustained relationships with constituents, including alumni, parents and friends. The focus is on securing major gifts for the Brilliant Future Campaign ($25,000 and up), one-time and/or ongoing gifts to the North Central College Fund and planned/estate gifts. With an energized alumni base and the College’s strong history of fundraising achievement, the successful candidate will thrive in a goal-oriented and team-focused environment.
A gift officer who covers the territory where he/she lives, not using North Central College as a home base may be considered.
Description of Key Responsibilities:
1. Conduct a minimum of 125 personal visits of assigned prospects and 30 additional substantive contacts annually with donors and prospects to meet annual personal goal of submitting a minimum of 10 6-figure proposals. These visits will be conducted for qualification, cultivation, solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship purposes that result in annual gifts and/or multiyear pledge commitments of $25,000 or more to the College.
2. At the direction of the Director of Development, assist with aspects of the Brilliant Future Campaign including planning and oversight of the execution of campaign mailings, solicitation strategies and other Campaign related tasks.
3. Serve as a member of the calling officer team; work to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects on an annual basis with particular focus on major gift donors using moves management strategy to maximize financial support to the College; specifically, the capital project campaign, endowment initiatives and assigned affinity campaigns.
4. Utilize existing and supporting resources as well as technology to maximize time spent in donor-facing cultivation and solicitation activities that lead to secure major gifts; including the College’s donor database, reporting tools and wealth screening information.
5. Work with alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff of the College and the community to develop relationships leading to gifts and commitments for annual and capital campaigns.
6. Complete and file timely reports of donor/prospect contacts. Responsible for maintaining individual donor/prospect records the College’s donor database.
7. Willing to work some evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis.
8. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and
9. Other related duties as appropriately assigned
10. Out of area travel, approximately 20% of the time, is a required function of this position.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to consistently demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills in dealing with persons both internal and external to the College.
2. Knowledge and understanding of, commitment to, and ability to effectively articulate the College’s organization, operation, philosophy and vision for the future.
3. Ability to effectively conduct several activities, each in a different stage of development, concurrently, and to do so with minimal direct supervision. This requires a person who is well organized, detail oriented and flexible.
4. Ability to manage several fundraising campaign/appeal projects at once working independently as well as a member of cross-functional team to achieve both individual and department fundraising goals.
5. Ability to work consistently within established timelines and accurately track all tasks to timely completion to adhere to deadlines.
6. Ability to, at times, work effectively within groups where membership and leadership may not be constant.
7. Ability to perform general administrative tasks necessary to efficiently manage a particular function.
8. Ability to utilize mathematical skills necessary for compiling, summarizing and analyzing data.
9. Computer proficiency using Microsoft Office and the ability to adapt and incorporate new technologies required.
10. Excellent communication skills, especially writing and presentation skills
11. Ability, and inclination, to exercise discretion with regard to personal and confidential information.
The Major Gift Officer (MGO) is a visible member of the Development and Alumni Engagement team who serves a critical role as an ambassador for the College, building strong and sustained relationships with constituents, including alumni, parents and friends. The focus is on securing major gifts for the Brilliant Future Campaign ($25,000 and up), one-time and/or ongoing gifts to the North Central College Fund and planned/estate gifts. With an energized alumni base and the College’s strong history of fundraising achievement, the successful candidate will thrive in a goal-oriented and team-focused environment.
A baccalaureate degree, preferably in the liberal arts or in a professional program, is required.
A minimum of (3) three years of progressive development office experience with a proven track record of meeting established goals and effectively soliciting gifts, and management of capital projects and/or capital campaigns is required. Fundraising experience in institutional advancement, particularly in an academic setting including communications and/or alumni relations desired.
Licenses or Certifications:
A valid Illinois driver’s license is required.
To apply, please visit NCC Job site
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