The University of Wisconsin La Crosse is seeking to hire a Major Gift Officer (MGO) to build and strengthen philanthropic relationships with our alumni and friends living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area along with other parts of the Upper Midwest. Ideally, the MGO will live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area but it is not required.
As a Major Gift Officer, you will have the opportunity to help our alumni and friends match their philanthropic passions to student success opportunities at the university. You will get to listen to our alumni tell countless stories about how the UW La Crosse community helped shape their futures through the classroom and through informal mentoring from faculty and staff. You will represent a university that has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest.
This position is under the general supervision of the Director of Development and will work extensively with a team of employees within the Division of University Advancement including the UWL Foundation, the UWL Alumni Association, and communications. The MGO may also serve as the liaison between University Advancement and the College of Science and Health or other academic units.
The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusive excellence with the ability to work with alumni, friends and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Minimum of one year of professional development experience in individual giving, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts of $25,000 or more; OR three or more years of experience in marketing, consultative sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field where you were responsible for cultivating/soliciting and maintaining long-term, trusting client relationships (either individual or business) for provision of services.
Demonstrated experience and success in donor/prospect cultivation and solicitation process
Ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts by identifying major gift prospects, managing caseload, designing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies and ensuring follow-up activities and stewardship in a collaborative environment; OR comparable individual relationship building experiences with individuals of significant financial resources.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
Strong verbal, written communication and listening skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to fly on an airplane in order to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
Three years of professional development experience in individual giving.
Knowledge of planned giving programs.
Fundraising campaign experience.
Complete applications will include a cover letter, resume and reference contact information. Reference contact information should include the names, email addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references.
This position is open until filled with a first review date of December 14, 2018. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Jeff Meyer, Search and Screen chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.