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Campaign Leadership Gift Officer

Connecticut College
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 14, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Campaign Leadership Gift Officer

Connecticut College

Applications accepted through: 11/02/2021
Pay Type: Exempt (salaried)
Department: Advancement
Reports to: Director of Leadership and Annual Giving
Appointment Type: Term
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Work Schedule: 52 weeks per year
Benefits Eligible: Full Benefits
Qualifies for relocation reimbursement: Yes

Job Summary:

Connecticut Collegeis conducting a national search for a Campaign Leadership Gift Officer to work in a three year term appointment. The Campaign Leadership Gift Officer is a strategic remote position based on the west coast or southwest, responsible for cultivating and soliciting gifts in excess of $50,000 from alumni, parents and friends of the College. The gift officer will manage relationships with up to 300 regionally assigned leadership gift prospects, will be expected toidentify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects in their portfolio, and will work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other Advancement staff, and other College representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for College-wide priorities. Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the six and seven-figure range, and be able to move prospects through the donor engagement process in person, by phone and virtually. Travel extensively alone and with the President and Senior Administrators on prospect calls and to events. The position location will be a mix of on campus and remote work. Regular travel to campus will be required and will be scheduled in collaboration with the Director of Leadership and Annual Giving.Compensation includesan excellentbenefitspackage.

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Campaign Leadership Gift Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Manage a portfolio of leadership prospects capable of making gifts of $50,000 or more in assigned territories.
  • Establish strong relationships with prospective donors with an eye toward meeting College and personal fundraising goals
  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:

    - Identify new potential donors for the College
    - Conduct proper identification and initiate contact with potential leadership gift donors
    - Develop appropriate qualification and cultivation strategies for prospects, including collaborating with volunteers
    - Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
    - Solicit potential donors for annual, capital, endowment and planned gifts of $50,000 or more
    - Maintain stewardship contacts with donors

  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; express empathetic disposition and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors; demonstrate good judgment in all donor related activities.
  • Develop strong internal relationships within Advancement as well as throughout the College in order to bring information and resources to cultivation and solicitation efforts. Offer prospect strategy counsel to the President, Vice President for College Advancement, and Advancement staff who are managing other prospects. Be a resource for Advancement staff, from identifying potential volunteer connections to knowing about meeting and event spaces in key locations.
  • Participate in on-campus and regional events.


    Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3years of relevant work experience required; proven record of successfully soliciting and closing leadership gifts preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills along with a demonstrated record of completing assignments required. Candidates must have the ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College; must have interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the College's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees, volunteers, Communications and Advancement colleagues and have a collaborative spirit, entrepreneurial nature, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and creativity in cultivating donors. Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas; successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies and have the ability to handle confidential information with impeccable discretion. Experience in working on a capital/endowment or comprehensive campaign preferred. Extensive travel and some weekend work required.Must be committed to working within a diverse environment and interacting collegially with individuals of different backgrounds. Click the link to review the college'sEquity and Inclusion Action Plan.

    Required Documents:
    Cover Letter, Resume

    Applicant Credentialing:

    Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check, will be conducted on the selected candidate.

    The successful candidate will be asked to report their Covid 19vaccination status to Human Resources.If they have been vaccinated, then they will be asked to present the vaccination card to Human Resources prior to the start of their position. If the successful candidate has not been vaccinated then they will be required to participate in the College's free, on campus weekly testing program.

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