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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Development/Fundraising
Position Summary: The Major Gift Officer will be responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of approximately 150 individual major gift prospects in the central region of the United States and Chicagoland for North Park University.
Develop a thorough understanding of the culture and constituency of North Park University and the ethos and practices of the Office of Advancement.
Plan, direct and participate as appropriate in the solicitation of assigned planned and major gift prospects. Annual guidelines for cultivation and solicitation of prospects will include the following:
100+ face-to-face visits,
$350,000-$500,000 in solicitations (targeting 50 or more proposals for outright gifts, planned gifts and pledges,)
$250,000-$350,000 in gifts and commitments.
Formulate and implement appropriate strategies to continuously build the interest of major and/or planned gift prospects and donors in supporting North Park.
Identify, in cooperation with University Trustees and staff, prospects capable of making major annual gifts of at least $1,000+ or multi-year commitments of $10,000+.
Participate in the formulation of Advancement Office objectives and the development of annual fundraising plans, strategies, timetables, and budgets required to achieve those objectives.
Work with the Prospect Research Coordinator to identify potential major gift prospects.
Assist as needed in the identification, cultivation, and recruitment of volunteer solicitors.
Maintain cultivation and solicitation logs and files on major gift prospects in Raiser’s Edge or other software and prepare periodic status reports.
Provide staff support to University Trustees and other volunteers as assigned by supervisors.
Work as cooperative member of the Advancement Office team to achieve department objectives.
Develop an understanding of the educational, operational and financial needs of the University and its overall case for support and serve as a positive spokesperson for the University in the community and among various North Park constituencies.
A three to five-year record of progressively responsible professional experience in development including direct involvement in a personal solicitation program to develop major gifts or related experience.
A Bachelor’s degree.
Presentation, organizational, and oral and written communications skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective relationships with North Park major gift prospects and donors.
Understanding of and personal commitment to North Park’s mission of Christian higher education.
Ability and willingness to travel extensively with a home base in Chicago.
Also desired, but not required:
Development experience in higher education
Effective Date: June 2019
NOTE: The supervisor retains the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.