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Leadership Annual Gift Officer

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 6, 2023

Job Details


The Office of Advancement at Skidmore College is building a team in anticipation of an upcoming fundraising campaign. The LAGO will be joining a team of energetic, hard-working, and fun individuals who are committed to the College. In an effort to increase President's Society donors and participation, the LAGO will be responsible for soliciting annual gifts. They carry a portfolio of approximately 150 individual prospects nationally and function in an autonomous discovery role. In addition to annual fundraising goals, this position will identify new major gift prospects through superior qualification work. This position is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, collaborative and motivated development professional in search of a career path at Skidmore College.

  • Utilize the Donor Engagement Cycle to solicit Skidmore alumni and friends capable of making leadership annual gifts to the College while managing and maintaining an aggressive travel schedule.
  • Participates in execution of events and programs in support of development activities.
  • Provide support to gift initiatives within reunion classes, forging collaborative partnerships with key colleagues.
  • Act as a poised ambassador, regularly attending programmatic meetings, adeptly representing the organization's vision, initiatives, and impact to inspire donor engagement and volunteerism.
  • Foster robust connections and collaboration with College administrators, faculty members, influential alumni, supportive parents, passionate friends, and trustees to cultivate a vibrant culture of philanthropy.
  • Embrace a collaborative and inclusive approach, seamlessly integrating with cross-functional teams while maintaining accurate recordkeeping in database to ensure seamless coordination and a comprehensive understanding of donor interactions.
The position requires extensive travel and the ability to effectively communicate the college's mission, needs, and priorities to match prospective donors' interests. Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to interact with various prospects are crucial. Timely and accurate recordkeeping and working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers is essential.

The LAGO should be prepared to work in various environments (indoor and outdoor seminars, volunteer events, retreats) while traveling and possess the physical stamina to handle the demands of frequent travel.

Bachelor's degree

Experience :
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of fund raising or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • An active listener with a successful track record of interacting with donors, volunteers, colleagues and philanthropic stakeholders.
  • Proactive, productive team contributor with a positive attitude and sense of humor. Commitment to an inclusive workplace. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • Driven, autonomous leader with a resourceful and a data-driven work ethic. Innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take personal responsibility for outcomes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Database and computer savvy.
Pay Range: $75,000 - $85,000

Required documents needed to apply:
  • On-line application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of Three References

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore College

Skidmore College is a highly ranked, liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, where Creative Thought Matters. 

We're a four-year private, nonsectarian, coeducational school that invites 2,700 undergraduate students to engage in 44 majors, 19 varsity athletics teams, and more than 100 student clubs. They also benefit from award-winning dining and residential halls and lifelong connections with some of the smartest and most dedicated and passionate faculty in the industry.

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