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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Development/Fundraising
4 Year Degree
Summary of Responsibilities: The Special Gifts Officer is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of 180 alumni, parents, friends, churches, and businesses. This position serves as part of the Institutional Advancement/Geneva College Foundation team and works closely with other team members to assist in the implementation of fundraising strategies and donor development. This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
Essential Responsibilities: (These essential responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.
Portfolio of alumni and friends:
Be responsible for an assigned group of alumni, friends, churches, and businesses who have the capacity of annually giving $5,000 or more.
Develop cultivation and solicitation plans for major gift prospects.
Annually, complete 150 face-to-face (defined) contacts for the purpose of identifying, qualifying, soliciting, and stewarding alumni, friends, churches and businesses and documenting movement through fundraising cycle in The Raiser’s Edge. Identifying major prospects passions and interests.
Recognizes that people give to people and organizations they know and trust. This requires personal relationships with major gift donors and prospects, which is a long-term perspective.
Be aware of and knowledgeable of institutional major gift opportunities and initiatives within the college.
Communicate regularly with donors in your portfolio (in-person, phone, email, birthday cards, etc.)
Require frequent travel which at times will include overnight stays. The use of a personal vehicle is necessary in local area.
Work with the VPIA/President of Geneva College Foundation and other Advancement/Foundation staff in donor recognition programs, including recognition dinner event, annual giving and lifetime giving societies.
Exhibits behavior that is consistent with and supportive of Geneva’s mission, vision, core values and standards of conduct:
Geneva Mission Statement: Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.
Vision Statement: Geneva College will inspire students to integrate faith in Christ into all aspects of life in the real world, and to serve faithfully within their callings for Christ and Country.
Serve with grace
Pursue Godly wisdom
Foster academic strength
Engage culture faithfully
Inspire vibrant hospitality
Honor one another
Standards of Conduct: Employees of Geneva College will affirm upon hire, and annually thereafter, their promise to abide by the College’s Standard of Conduct Policy. All employees must conduct their personal affairs so there can be no opportunity for unfavorable reflections upon the Christian beliefs and mission of the College, either expressed or implied. It is expected that employees will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with biblical standards, values, and character. These standards of personal conduct do not apply to family members and/or friends of the employee.
Job Requirements - Administrative:
General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job.
Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, fax machines, copy machines, and telephones. Able to regularly lift up to 60 pounds.
Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws. Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
Education/Certification: Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Experience: Five years of development experience, preferable in higher education.
Skill/Abilities: The work involves a high level of contact with individuals inside and outside the College and therefore requires advanced interpersonal and communication skills. The variety of duties implies the need for good time management, the ability to prioritize, and excellent record keeping abilities. Access to sensitive materials assume a high degree of confidentiality. Evening work and travel will be required. Maintain a valid driver’s license.
Christian Commitment: Eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Education/Certification: Master’s degree in a related field.
Experience: Five years of fundraising experience in a higher educational setting. Some supervisory experience preferred.
Skill/Abilities: Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database and fundraising process.
About Geneva College
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).