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Major Gifts Officer

Providence College
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the global environment in which we live and work.

The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally, Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from New York City.

For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report “Regional Universities – North Category” and has been commended by several other ranking publications.

Posting Details

Position Title Major Gifts Officer Overview
Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 major gift prospects with an average capacity of $100,000+ at various stages of their relationship with the College. Devise and execute individual strategies for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects with a heavy focus on face-to-face meetings. Essential Duties:
  1. Manage a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects with an average capacity of $100,000 in assigned geographic regions, soliciting and securing major gifts for the identified priorities of the College; secure annual fund leadership gifts from prospects not yet ready for major gift level solicitation.

  2. Qualify and cultivate a pipeline of prospects who have the capacity and the inclination to make major gifts. Develop and implement individual strategies for each prospect within qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to enhance relationships with the College and continue along the moves management cycle.

  3. Complete a minimum of 140 face-to-face visits with prospects in various stages of their relationship with the College. Utilize various communication methods to keep donors informed and connected to the College.

  4. Work to maximize fundraising productivity; provide staff support for volunteer committees, and develop productive working relationships with staff, faculty, deans, administrators, and key volunteers.

  5. Assume primary development responsibility for specific geographic regions, including select events and programs for major gift prospects. Maintain a regular presence in geographic areas with assigned prospects. Manage individual regions execution of development events, including cultivation and stewardship opportunities.

  6. Summarize face-to-face visits, outreach and communication, and proposal details via contact reports on donor record. Utilize Affinaquest to input data.

Marginal Duties:
  1. Perform other duties as may be required.
Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required
  • Three to five years of fundraising or related experience in higher education or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven success in cultivation and solicitation of gifts at or above the $50,000 level
  • Demonstrated ability to form and leverage relationships with prospects and donors
  • Highly motivated, self-starter that is goal oriented
  • Must possess an outgoing and positive personality, collaborative working style, and an enthusiasm for building bridges between and among key stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of personal solicitation, fundraising strategies, and cultivation and stewardship for high-end donors.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential prospect information
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively.

Physical Demands Employee Status Full Time Union Status Non-Union Shift: If other, please enter regular schedule. EEO Statement
Providence College does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, gender, except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information. The College will develop, and from time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist on a good-faith effort on the part of its employees to comply with the program. The College will request and expect its agents and those with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment of this important program.
Requisition Number AS510P Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation

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