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Major Gift Officer 999746

Xavier University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Xavier University is part of the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity. These values are central to our mission . We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry and deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

Xavier University is seeking applications for the position of Major Gifts Officer. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Relations, this candidate will be a member of the University Relations division and will be part of the Major and Planned Giving team. The ideal candidate will advance relationships with prospective donors, which could include some corporate and foundation relationships and serve as the liaison with the Williams College of Business. This candidate will need to secure leadership annual gift ($1,000 or greater), and major and planned gifts of $50,000 or more to Xavier University.

Under the leadership of Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Xavier University’s 35thPresident, we are about to embark on an exciting path and will unveil a new University Strategic Plan in the coming months. Our next capital campaign will help fund some key initiatives for this plan and we are looking for an innovative, data-driven, positive candidate to join our team!

Job Responsibilities

Portfolio Management
  • Develop an annual plan to identify, qualify and cultivate prospects; solicit and close leadership annual, major and planned gifts
  • Work closely with our Internal Operations team on the moves management process in an effort to develop strategies for donors and prospects
  • Assist with the Dean, Williams College of Business, Department Chairs and other leadership to engage in the cultivation and solicitation of prospects
  • Manage all aspects of the Williams College of Business BEA boards (Business Executive Advisory), which include but not limited to, sending annual solicitations to BEA members, attending committee meetings, identifying potential new members, assisting in the on-boarding on new BEA members
  • Collaborate with University Relations colleagues to support other University-wide fundraising goals
Strategic Partnerships
  • Collaborate with the Annual Fund, Major and Planed Giving Officers who have prospects with interest in the Williams College of Business
  • Work closely with various stakeholders around campus to identify annual, major and planned giving prospects for funding opportunities
  • Work with Internal Operations team to utilize data analytics and customer/donor journeys to identify and move prospects through the moves management pipeline
Reporting and Data Management
  • Complete and file timely call reports of donors and prospects within our Banner Administrative System and new CRM (Salesforce-Ascend)
  • File call reports for the Dean, Williams College of Business and other key academic leadership to ensure proper documentation of all prospect visits and or meaningful contacts with donors in an effort to achieve coordinated communication with all stakeholders in the relationship-building process
  • Utilize our Managed Reporting Services system to pull necessary reports to support day to day operational needs as a major gift officer
  • Develop and prepare comprehensive solicitation proposals to support key funding initiatives

The ideal candidate will possess a positive attitude that excels being measured to achieve fundraising goals. Knowledge of a Jesuit, Catholic education a plus. Bachelor’s degree is required, and a minimum three to five years’ experience with a development or sales and marketing background. Knowledge of Higher Education and or business familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university is a plus; demonstrated ability to solicit and close major and planned ($50,000+) gifts. Some work during the evenings and weekends will be required. Please submit a cover letter, resume and examples of fundraising or sales success from the past one to five years.

Knowledge of: business or business schools, administrative planning including goal setting, prospect management, and strategic engagement principles. Managing an operational budget is required. Proficiency in various office applications (Microsoft Office, Ellucian, Salesforce, Tableau, etc.)

Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and edit clear and compelling funding proposals. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information. Ability to manage multiple tasks and set priorities in a fast paced environment. Need to work independently, collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities. Other duties could be assigned by the Associate Vice President for University Relations.

To ensure consideration, qualified/interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references on Xavier University's website by September 6, 2022 . Candidates are asked to include with their cover letter a brief statement on how they might support/contribute to Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Xavier University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Newly hired employees will be required to provide vaccination status upon on-boarding. Vaccine exemptions may be granted for medical or religious reasons.


Xavier University offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and employment class.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage
  • Tax advantaged accounts including health savings account, flexible spending accounts, and dependent care account.
  • Financial security via life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
  • Tuition remission for employees and their eligible dependents.
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