Leadership Gift Officer

Title: Leadership Gifts Officer

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, the Leadership Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $50,000, or greater, in support of college initiatives. The purpose of the Leadership Gifts Officer is to articulate the critical role of philanthropy to the organization. In addition, the Leadership Gifts Officer will serve as an event producer/project manager for virtual and in person dialogue gatherings for top prospects as well as managing donor centered engagement events. Along with the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, the Leadership Gifts Officer is charged with maximizing the financial gift support to the organization by seeking contributions from alumni, parents, and friends of the college.

The college seeks candidates with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion practices to better serve the needs of our growing diverse community. The college has committed to several fundraising priorities including increasing financial aid for Pell-eligible students, establishing a Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, providing financial support for low or unpaid summer internship opportunities, projects to support Athletics among many other exciting initiatives.

The successful candidate will develop and implement strategic plans aimed at maximizing each individual's support of the college by working with colleagues in College Advancement, faculty, Purposeful Work, Admission, The Office of Intercultural Education, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, and high-level volunteers in an effort to engage our entire donor base and provide transformative support to our students, faculty, and staff.

Job Duties:

Leadership Giving
  • Create opportunities to conduct face-to-face meetings for the purposes of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding an assigned portfolio of 50-75 current and prospective donors according to best-practice standards.
  • Create detailed cultivation/solicitation plans for the top 25 donor prospects each year.
  • Spend 8-10 days of each four-week period traveling both independently and with key volunteers or other members of the college administration to meet with current and prospective donors.
  • Coordinate Zoom meetings with potential donors both one on one and in coordination with college and Advancement leadership.
  • Work with a departmental team to identify, qualify and assign new leadership gift prospects.
Event Portfolio
  • Plan and organize events for high-level donors to showcase Bates and college priorities.
  • Plan and organize in-person Mount David Society (leadership annual fund donors) events on campus and regionally in partnership with the Annual Giving and Reunion and Parent Giving and Engagement teams.
  • Plan and execute small regional engagement events in an effort to engage top volunteers and donors in various markets.
Other Skills/Requirements
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of Bates history, academic, extracurricular and athletic programs, and its faculty, students and administration.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the college’s priorities and initiatives of the faculty and administration.
  • Participate in departmental and professional training programs to increase expertise in the profession.
  • Understand and meet departmental standards, policies, and procedures with respect to all aspects of work.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • 5+ years of experience in advancement in a higher education setting or equivalent experience in higher education, non-profit, advocacy, or arts setting.
  • Progressive achievement in fundraising, financial services, marketing/sales or educational management.
  • Proven experience cultivating and closing major or deferred gift commitments.
Skills and Knowledge
  • High attention to detail balanced with a strategic vision for multifaceted programs.
  • Self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include being persistent, personable, team-oriented, flexible, and possessing a desire to succeed.
  • Bates is committed to engaging with alumni and parents based on their past and current relationship with the College. This could be influenced by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, sports or club affiliation.
  • A personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a liberal arts college, and the ability to work in a goal-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills. Ability to write concise, logical, analytical reports to convey complex issues. Lead group discussions.
  • Ability to remain composed and demonstrate poise under stress while working in a deadline driven environment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; and experience working with complex data sets.
  • Impeccable organizational skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to develop dynamic presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain shared responsibility with colleagues. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Keen attention to detail necessary for successful documentation, planning and execution.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems, business office software, and prospect moves management platform and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needss of a culturally and educationally diverse community.

Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at glexow@bates.edu .

About Bates:

Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

Advertised: Dec 02 2022 Eastern Standard Time
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