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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Development/Fundraising
Senior Gift Officer & Campaign Strategist
Position Reports To: Vice President of Advancement
Mission: To provide strategic engagement of the university's major donors and prospects through effective relationship cultivation and stewardship resulting in increased philanthropic support of annual, campaign, and deferred giving initiatives.
Major Donor Development (80%)
Objective: To actively manage a portfolio of 150 donors and prospects with capacity and affinity to make major gifts/pledges and planned/estate gifts in support of the university's strategic funding priorities.
Discover, engage, and invite major current and deferred gifts through ongoing personal contact and visits with donors and prospective donors.
Steward existing donors through regular and ongoing personal communication.
Develop donor-specific engagement strategies designed to initiate, renew, and upgrade philanthropic support.
Produce timely contact reports that outline future engagement strategies after each substantive donor or prospect interaction.
Provide oversight of ongoing stewardship efforts of deferred-gift donors.
Collaborate with and engage faculty, staff, and volunteers in the active cultivation of donors and prospects.
Assist with the cultivation and solicitation of grant opportunities.
Develop and assist with donor/prospect programming that involves the university's senior administration, campaign leadership, and board members.
Other duties as assigned.
Campaign Leadership (20%)
Objective: To partner with the Vice President of Advancement in providing oversight and leadership to the development and execution of the university's comprehensive campaign strategy.
Collaborate with the Campaign Steering Committee, outside campaign counsel, and the advancement team to successfully achieve the objectives of the university's As God Leads comprehensive campaign.
Partner in the development of strategy development for major and principal gift prospects.
Serve as a vocal advocate for the comprehensive campaign initiatives among all members of the university community and the community at large.
Take a leadership role in promoting the comprehensive campaign among university staff, faculty, and administration. Assist with the development of campaign collateral material and communication plans.
Attend, facilitate, and/or present at Campaign Steering Committee meetings and Board of Trustee meetings, as necessary.
Assist in training Campaign Steering Committee members, trustees, and other campaign volunteers in current fundraising techniques.
Other duties as assigned.
Specific Job Requirements
Five to seven years successful experience in advancement, preferably in higher education, with a demonstrable record of closing gifts of five and six-figures. Fundraising experience within the context of a capital or comprehensive campaign preferred.
Exceptional track record of building relationships with a wide spectrum of people, with proven networking experience.
Ability to understand the needs, interests, and passions of major and principle gift donors to develop and deepen mutually beneficial relationships between them and the university.
Demonstrated initiative, organizational, and leadership ability. Must possess strong execution, organization, and task orientation.
An understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to broadly communicate principles of biblical stewardship and generosity.
Ability to exercise creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness in decision-making.
Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic and collegial team.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
Competency and comfort utilizing various computer software, database, and cloud-based tools.
Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimates, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
Communicate openly and clearly in a Christ-honoring and congenial manner.
Demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality, discernment, wise judgment, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
Ability to travel (up to 25-35%), and work evenings and weekends, as required.
A commitment to Multnomah University, its mission, vision and values is essential.
Bachelor's degree required.
Familiarity with Multnomah University is preferred.
General Employment Requirements Because we believe that professionally qualified, committed Christian personnel are key to the operation of a truly Christian college and seminary and that not only teachers, but all employees, by the pattern of their lives, serve as role models to our students, the job descriptions for all employment positions at Multnomah University contain the following statements relating to required personal qualities:
Employees will have received Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior (John 1:12).
Employees will be in full agreement with the institution's doctrinal statement.
Employees will believe that the Bible is God's Word and standard for faith and daily living (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Employees will be Christian role models in attitude, speech, and actions toward others. This includes being committed to God's biblical standards for morality and sexual conduct (1 Tim. 4:12; Luke 6:40; Col. 3:17; Titus 2:7-8, 1 Thess. 2:10, 5:22).
Employees will be regular participants in a local, evangelical church.
This is a full-time professional staff position with benefits including medical options, dental, vision, life insurance and disability benefits, also paid holidays, vacation accrual and sick time all beginning the first day of the month following one month of employment. A generous Employee Tuition Grant is available after 1 year of employment.