Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, banking and finance, or related academic discipline required. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) desirable. Five years major gift experience or experience in a related field. Experience with association membership, annual giving programs, significant sales, external marketing activities, or a related field could substitute for major gift experience. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
Secures new gifts and increasing support from prospects with the capacity to make contributions of $50,000 and more within an assigned portfolio to include outright and planned gifts to reach established fundraising goals. Networks effectively with alumni and other supporters and cultivates and engages them with the university. Identifies new and additional prospects for major gift giving to the university.
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
Plans, schedules, implements, and evaluates ongoing activities to cultivate major gift prospects leading to solicitation and acquisition of gifts of $25,000 and more. Manages and conducts all aspects of donor relationships to include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, including gift acquisition and stewardship plans. Identifies potential new sources of support and creative ways to engage such prospects in the development process. Works effectively and collaboratively with a team in a moves management process. Motivates and engages volunteer leadership strategically and thoughtfully. Maintains an active portfolio of 100-150 prospects, which are assigned based on geography, interest and educational background. Works with database to manage cultivation and biographical notes and activities and to ensure thorough recordkeeping. Adheres to Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Code of Ethics and work within the gift acceptance policies established by SHSU. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 19690
About Sam Houston State University
For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service", echoes across SHSU's six colleges and beyond its Texas campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more. Named for Sam Houston, Texas' greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students' success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields. While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor's and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, SHSU Online is quickly becoming one of the best online universities in Texas.