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

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States


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.


Saint Mary’s College invites applications for a full-time exempt Major Gifts Officer to manage and build a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects capable of making gifts in the $25,000 to $1,000,000 range. S/he will develop annual goals for each prospective donor in the portfolio.  Working closely with campus partners, s/he will coordinate volunteer prospect screening efforts, coordinate cultivation and stewardship strategies and will staff and conduct solicitations.  Work in a highly collaborative and culturally diverse campus environment.  Effectively communicate with a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated and expressed through its Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions

Experience and Qualifications:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the Major Gifts Officer manages a portfolio of high-net worth prospects and participates in all aspects of the gift cycle, including initiating contacts with potential major gift donors and developing cultivation strategies for them. Maintains an active schedule of an average  of 20 contacts per month with individuals whose gift capacity is rated in the $50,000 to $1,000,000 range requiring a significant number of cold calls be made weekly.  Moves potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure, and maintains  stewardship contacts with donors. In addition to closing major gifts, the Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for closing annual leadership gifts from portfolio.  Works collaboratively and strategically with development staff and volunteers to monitor all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. Serves as a staff liaison/development advocate for 2-3 campus programs and/or Schools. Promotes the College’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with members of the Board of Trustees, Regents, key volunteers, and College staff.  Understands the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College.


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 College. A complete application includes a letter of interest and how you are prepared to support the Mission of the College, a resume, on-line application and the name and contact information for three (3) professional references. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that references will be contacted, in confidence, by the College and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry.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: Not Specified
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