Based in the Office of Parent Giving, the Major Gift
Officer will raise gifts ($25K and higher) from current
parents to support the University of Georgia. This position focuses
on donors throughout the country and will help the Senior Director
institute a strong culture of parent giving and engagement within
the University. This major gift officer will work collaboratively
with a wide variety of people and have an established record of
accomplishment in building meaningful relationships coupled with
the ability to inspire others.
$68,000+ | Commensurate with qualifications and experience
- Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of professional
experience related to sales, marketing, development, business
administration, higher education, project management, or
- University of non-profit fundraising experience preferred
- Major Gift fundraising in higher education ($25K and
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and
- Ability to cultivate and solicit private gifts from high-level
- Self-starter and highly motivated.
- Collaborative style combined with the ability and desire to
work in a team-based environment.
- Excellent writing skills with extreme attention to detail and
confident, strong verbal communication.
- Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while
- Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex
- Ability to establish the trust of colleagues and build strong
relationships with key faculty/staff.
- Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects.
- Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving
- Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality and
responsibility regarding information related to university business
and confidential donor and prospect information.
- Skilled using Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word,
- Creative thinker with ability to receive constructive feedback
- Ability to respond to donors needs and concerns in a kind and
- Through open, honest, and respectful communication, all staff,
supervisors, and colleagues of the Division of Development &
Alumni Relations are expected to interact with fairness,
compassion, and decency. All employees will be held accountable for
meeting the expectation of promoting a stable, productive, and
healthy work environment.
- Adherence to CASE standards and commonly accepted
industry standards relating to fundraising reporting are expected
of all fundraisers. All fundraisers will be held accountable for
meeting this expectation
Duties / Responsibilities
- (60%) Develop and manage a portfolio of parent prospects to
raise major gifts to benefit the University of Georgia. Monthly
metrics, in-state and national travel probability of several
overnight trips per month.
- (30%) Complete all necessary preparation, contacts, and
follow-up for each prospect and donor visit.
- (5%) Perform additional duties as assigned on alumni weekend,
football Saturdays, and other special events which frequently fall
on nights and weekends.
- (5%) Attend monthly Parent Giving prospect strategy staff
meetings, University Development staff meetings, and selected
University Development & Alumni Relations division
About the Office of Parent Giving
Students aren’t the only Bulldogs. Many parents want their own
relationship with the University of Georgia, and we are committed
to building a philanthropic community of parents. Parents who are
dedicated to creating a premier learning experience
for UGA students. We know parents want to make a
difference. The Parents Leadership Council is the largest venture
fund supporter, has awarded grants to student programs all over
campus, and has many families who have created their own
endowments. We invest in these families’ UGA experience.
We know their son’s major. We know their daughter’s sorority. We
are personable, supportive, and welcoming. And we remain focused on
building a better world by finding financial support for those who
will change it, our students. https://dar.uga.edu/parent-giving/
About the Division of Development & Alumni
The Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the
University of Georgia advances the goals, objectives, and
priorities of the university by generating private financial
support, building, and maintaining relationships with alumni and
donors, and assisting students with career development
About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant
university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the
state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified
institution of higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the
top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The
University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65
miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta,
Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the
Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in
the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time
instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The
University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over
30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional
students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as
well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the
UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. https://www.uga.edu/
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