Major Gifts Officer - Saint Mary's College-California in Moraga California

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.



Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the full-time exempt Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will build a portfolio of high-net worth prospects capable of making gifts of $25,000 plus.  Working towards annual goals/metrics, the MGO participates in all aspects of the gift cycle, including initiating contact, developing and executing cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship strategies for each donor in the portfolio in an appropriate and timely fashion. The MGO will maintain an average of 20 contacts per month, requiring a significant number of cold calls each week. Heavy discovery work will be required.
The College is currently seeking major and principal gifts for a new Library & Learning Commons. The MGO will initially be dedicated to the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects for the Library & Learning Commons capital project.  Once the project has been completed the MGO will be assigned to other academic and/or institutional priorities. The MGO promotes the College’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with members of the Board of Trustees, Regents, key volunteers, and College administrative and academic leadership.

Experience and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required, along with five (5) years of increasingly successful experience in major gift fund raising in higher education, non-profit, or similar setting. Professional experience in capital campaigns, knowledge of deferred giving vehicles, and entrepreneurial spirit is highly desirable. Shows demonstrated success and effectiveness in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewarding major gifts ($25,000+). Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and experience with donor information databases.
This highly driven, self-directed, and goal oriented individual must have experience exhibiting sensitivity to the needs of donors, prospects, and campus partners. Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate with a diverse community of donors, alumni, staff and faculty and be able to work collaboratively and strategically with campus leadership and development staff.   The high-energy candidate will demonstrate strong organizational skills; the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously while working calmly under the pressure of deadlines; personal initiative and achievement against goals; exceptional verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, and a great sense of humor.  

Salary Information

Depends on Qualifications


Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College2) A resume 3) The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

Keyword Phrases

  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • committed to the educational benefits of diversity
  • Development and Fund Raising
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter