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communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the
MCLA is accepting applications for a Major Gifts Officer/Campaign
The MGOCM is the professional responsible for the weekly planning,
organization, research, and implementation of a comprehensive
fund-raising campaign, working under the supervision of the Vice
President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) and in consultation
with colleagues, the College President, and Campaign Counsel. The
MGOCM coordinates identification, enlistment, and training of
volunteers; identification, engagement, and solicitation of
The MGOCM keeps campaign activities within a specific and limited
timetable. The position is the central clearing house through which
all campaign volunteers function and from which vision,
reinforcement, patience, persistence, and judgment regarding
campaign activities come.
In consultation with the VPIA and Campaign Counsel, the MGOCM
determines how and to whom the agreed-upon campaign is directed;
monitors the number and type of prospects needed and available;
brings a professional knowledge of how to solicit campaign
prospects; implements the plan and timetable; and sells that plan
to all volunteers of the campaign.
The MGOCM is primarily responsible and accountable to the VPIA, and
the Campaign Chair(s), in consultation with Senior Campaign Counsel
on a weekly basis, and depends upon the same for the implementation
of the campaign plan. He/she must maintain a relationship based
upon mutual respect and confidence, objectivity, and insistence on
accepted campaign methods.
This is a Campaign funded position - if not renegotiated - will end
by June 30, 2026
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with Advancement staff to set up the office and identify,
develop, and prepare the files of prospective donors and
volunteers, with guidance from Campaign Counsel's Associate.
Carry out a tailored campaign strategy developed with input
from the VPIA and the Campaign Counsel team, based on feedback and
analysis from the campaign planning service, one-on-one interviews,
and advice and guidance from the Campaign Cabinet, Board members,
and other philanthropic partners and colleagues.
Manage the development of the written case for support after
seeking counsel and samples from similar organizations. This
document must have clear and specific opportunities outlined, as
well as preliminary plans, a definite budget, and an accurate
estimate of costs; and it must reflect the highest aspirations of
the College's leaders, whose voices must be expressed in the values
and goals agreed upon and outlined.
Work with the Campaign Cabinet and staff to identify, qualify,
and engage prospects necessary to achieve the campaign's standards
of giving for optimum success.
Facilitate the formal enlistment of all soliciting volunteers
as well as non-soliciting committees involved in the campaign.
Manage all volunteer assignments and make recommendations to
the Campaign Division Chairs on who solicits whom, when, and how,
with individualized solicitor briefings and prospect proposals for
major prospects. Together with Campaign Counsel and the VPIA,
design individualized solicitation proposals for each Board member
and Top 50 prospects. Advance agreed-upon, dynamic strategies to
ensure that sufficient time and attention are paid to this group
that will likely give over 75% of the entire goal.
Oversee volunteer training utilizing a training manual,
workshops, and individual briefings, utilizing Campaign Counsel and
other resources as may be required.
Manage the campaign timetable and keep meetings, events, and
goals on schedule.
Follow a campaign organizational chart to establish the type of
worker and number of volunteers needed. Develop and refine job
duties. Work with the Campaign Cabinet to select the best possible
person for each task.
Manage the overall organization of information and report
Support efficient campaign mechanics to control the campaign
and maximize efficiency.
Partner with colleagues to establish a pledge collection system
that assures the maximum payment of pledges and the continued
goodwill of contributors.
Partner with colleagues, Campaign Counsel, and volunteer
leaders to build a culture of philanthropy resulting in improved
and sustainable Advancement outcomes.
Manage and solicit a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects
($10,000+ per gift), including those interested in a planned gift.
Travel to meet existing and prospective donors. Initiate contacts
with potential leadership and major gift donors. Develop
appropriate cultivation strategies, working closely with
Institutional Advancement staff.
Bachelor's degree required.
Five to seven years successful experience in major or planned
gift fundraising, preferably in a higher education setting.
Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and
major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them
and our organization.
Ability to write compelling letters and proposals.
Experience in or involvement with roll out of capital campaign
Interest in the MCLA mission and a dedication to promoting the
organization's fundraising priorities through building strong
Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage
multi-functional or diverse areas.
This is a full-time, benefited position in the APA bargaining unit.
The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000.
This position will remain open until filled.
It is the policy of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that all
employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin
employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all
individuals hired by MCLA, to be verified after an offer of
employment has been made, and as part of the background check
process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption
based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of
nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational
programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies
with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing
equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the
campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit www.mcla.edu .
Applicants should electronically submit a letter of interest,
resume and 3 letters of reference by clicking on the APPLY NOW