Major Gifts Officer or Senior Major Gifts Officer - Wabash College
- 03-Dec-2018 to 01-Jan-2019
- - Wabash College
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Full Time
Wabash College invites applicants for its two open positions of Major Gifts Officer or Senior Major Gifts Officer in the Wabash Advancement Office. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative, self-starter, and will be central to helping enhance the College's great tradition and culture of philanthropy.
The Gifts Officer is part of the Wabash Advancement Office and is responsible for long-term relationship building with alumni, parents, and friends and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from a portfolio of assigned constituents. The Gifts Officer conducts a minimum of 125 face-to-face fundraising and a minimum of 25 additional stewardship related meetings with alumni, parents, and friends of the College each year. In addition, the Gifts Officer is responsible for managing relationships with volunteers.
Founded in 1832, Wabash College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts College committed to the education of men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, approximately 45 minutes west of Indianapolis and 30 minutes south of Lafayette, Indiana. The campus is situated on 60 acres with more than 30 buildings for academic and administrative purposes which fosters a close-knit teaching and learning community.
On November 9, 2018 Wabash launched the largest fund-raising campaign in its 186-year history. Giant Steps: A Campaign for Wabash College. Giant Steps seeks to raise $225 million by 2023. Under the leadership of the College's 16th President, Dr. Gregory Hess, the Advancement Office has been focused on engaging alumni and friends to help support Wabash with gifts to the campaign. The campaign focuses on growing annual and endowment support for four specific areas: strengthening Wabash's generous scholarship programs; funding faculty professorships, chairs, and academic programs; providing immersive learning experiences for all Wabash students; and funding capital projects and the Annual Fund.
Wabash enjoys a loyal and generous constituent base. In the most recent 2017-2018 fiscal year, Wabash generated $19.4 million in cash fundraising revenue and realized a 44.24% alumni participation rate. The Wabash Annual Fund accounts for approximately 7-8% of the College's operating budget, raising more than $3 million annually. With Wabash's bicentennial (2032) on the horizon, the College stands poised to enter an exciting time of institutional growth.
A Bachelor's degree and three-five or more years of previous fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, are required. The Gifts Officer should be familiar with higher education fundraising standards and best practices including annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, and fundraising campaigns. The position requires a high energy individual who can work alone as well as with a larger College Advancement team. An interest in higher education and a dedication to promoting the College's mission and strategic fundraising priorities are a must. The position also requires excellent writing and persuasive communications skills; excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills; willingness and ability to travel extensively within an assigned regional geographic territory; and willingness to work within a larger team of development professionals.
The Advancement team includes Alumni & Parent Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, and Advancement Services. The Gifts Officer reports to the Associate Dean for College Advancement.
Wabash College seeks faculty and staff committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful diversity experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a multicultural global world. We welcome applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE.
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