Major Gifts Officer
JOB TITLE: Major Gifts Officer
REPORTS TO: Vice President for Advancement
SUMMARY: The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for cultivating new donors for the University of the Arts, as well as soliciting and stewarding existing donors assigned to your portfolio. The Major Gifts Officer will also be responsible for actively engaging in working to establish long-term donor relationships and strengthen relationships with existing donors. The Advancement Office encompasses fundraising, alumni & parent relations, and University communications.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Identifies, cultivates, solicits, stewards and retains qualified prospects and donors. Manages a portfolio of approximately a 150-175 qualified relationships, and applies a moves management approach to the portfolio, with a custom cultivation strategy for each donor. Targets donors with annual giving capacity of $1,000+
• Establishes a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments from high net-worth individuals. Meets or exceeds budget goals.
• In coordination and collaboration with the AVP, meets regularly with deans, faculty, and administrators to understand major priorities and goals, and provides timely information on donor cultivation.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
Education & Experience:
• A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree/CFRE certification preferred, and a minimum 3-5 years demonstrated successful annual fund and donor management fundraising experience preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization).
• Preference will be given to candidates with annual fund/donor management experience, particularly with a college or university.
• Arts literacy is highly desired.
• Computer literacy and database familiarity is required.
• Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals: support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information with our colleagues.
• Understanding of database management gift processing and donor relations.
• Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking with individuals are essential.
• Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
• Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.
• Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse portfolio and to be able to move donors through the giving stages.
• Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from donors.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:
The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.
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