Major Gifts Officer (2 open positions) - University of La Verne in La Verne California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

The University of La Verne is a 124-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 11 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.

The primary function of the Major Gifts Officer will be to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift support from individuals and corporations for an assigned college at the University of La Verne. Reporting directly to the University’s Assistant Vice President for Major and Annual Gifts, the incumbent will also establish and maintain a secondary supervisory relationship with the academic leadership of the college (i.e. the Dean). The Dean will provide additional oversight and guidance to the creation of goals and the execution of assignments. The Major Gifts Officer will work with prospects and donors rated as being capable of making a gift in the $25,000 to $1 million range.

Specific Duties

The Major Gifts Officer will be a mission-driven individual responsible for achieving annual and campaign fundraising goals by developing, implementing, and managing a major gift fundraising program for his/her assigned academic unit.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, the incumbent will set annual and campaign fundraising goals. The incumbent will secure annual and major gift commitments by maintaining a portfolio of at least 120 prospects (individuals and corporations) capable of donating $25K or more, and conducting 15-20 personal visits per month with prospective donors (for a minimum of 180 visits annually).

The incumbent will work closely with the Dean, faculty and leaders of the assigned college to design, implement, and achieve the fundraising plan for the college’s priority programs. The incumbent will consult with the college’s Advisory Board and Alumni Board to generate philanthropic support and create networking opportunities in the community for the benefit of current students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

In collaboration with the Assistant Vice President, campaign counsel, and others, the incumbent will formulate, define, and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship opportunities; identify and engage current high-level volunteers; continually identify new prospective donors and volunteers; and facilitate appropriate relationships between current and prospective major donors and the university president, and appropriate administrators, faculty, and staff.

The Major Gifts Officer will acquire and maintain a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the University’s and the college’s mission, goals, and current academic and other programs.

Complete other assignments as directed by University Advancement.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of three to five years of experience in fundraising, preferably in a higher education setting. He/she should be able to demonstrate successful experience and effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.

The successful candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal and organizational skills; have a strong attention to detail; be goal and results-oriented; self-motivated; and possess the ability to make independent decisions. He/she must be a collaborative and team-oriented individual; demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with a wide range of relationships and situations; and possess the ability to maintain enthusiasm for hard work, changing priorities, and multiple deadlines. He/she must have the ability to interact well with a diverse community of faculty, students, alumni, business leaders, and other external constituents.

The successful candidate should demonstrate commitment to the University’s core values of Ethical Reasoning, Service to Community, Lifelong Learning, and Diversity and Inclusivity.

Preferred Qualifications

Banner database training.

Master’s Degree

Benefits Summary

The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.


La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open Date 12/16/2015

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
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Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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