University Gift Officer

  
Hamline University | Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000

JOB SUMMARY
The University Gift Officer maintains and grows key relationships for Hamline University through the strategic management of a personal portfolio of donors and prospects. He or she is responsible for raising support from alumni and friends of the University, with a focus on gifts of $50,000 and above.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects (appx. 125 – 175); develop and implement strategies to actively move them through qualification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship cycles
  • Conduct 100 - 125 personal meetings with prospective donors per year; document relevant information in constituent database in a timely manner
  • Solicit all types of outright and planned gifts (endowment, capital, leadership annual); prepare proposals and negotiate gift agreements; create gift agreements and pledge forms to accurately document donor intent in accordance with Hamline University gift acceptance policies and practices and IRS regulations
  • Develop and implement stewardship plans and materials as appropriate per donor
  • Collaborate with academic leadership, faculty, staff and administrators for effective involvement in donor interactions, and to develop understanding of potential areas for donor support
  • Participate in a variety of University events which often occur in the evenings and on the weekends
  • Serve as the liaison between the University development office and specific donor/interest groups or areas of campus, as requested
  • Support volunteer fundraisers, as requested
  • Travel to assigned territories to meet with donors and prospective donors
  • Stay abreast of development best practices and industry trends
  • All other duties as requested

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND KEY COMPETENCIES
  • Expert ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships
  • Ability and discretion to work with high-level donors; ability to make a persuasive case for supporting key programs and projects and to effectively match the interests of prospective donors to priorities at Hamline
  • High level of energy and initiative; organized and goal-driven
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to work without close supervision and to make appropriate independent decisions concurrent with University and Institutional Advancement policies
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and utilize tact and diplomacy
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google, Google Apps and the willingness to learn and be an efficient user of the Banner database and Raiser’s Edge

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience working in a development role with a track record of successful major gift solicitation, or relevant experience with high achievement in sales/marketing, including face-to-face client work or high-level customer relations
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as required
  • Ability to travel to on and off-campus locations, both locally, regionally, and nationally to meet with donors and prospective donors
  • 2 years professional experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, Google, and Google Apps

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • Development experience within a higher education setting
  • Experience using Raiser's Edge

WORKING CONDITIONS / EQUIPMENT
Must be able to perform the following essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation:
  • Must be able to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent local travel and occasional regional or national travel will be required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • This is a full time, 1.0 FTE, exempt position, 12 months a year.
  • Occasional evening and/or weekend work will be required.

PLEASE APPLY FOR POSITION ON THE HAMLINE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE: https://www.hamline.edu/offices/human-resources/employment.html

Hamline University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; national origin; marital status; familial status; status with regard to public assistance; membership or activity in a local human rights commission; disability; age; protected veteran status; or any other status protected by applicable law in its education or employment programs or activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.
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