Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for programs to secure major gifts, including endowment, capital and planned gifts from all Mid-Pacific Institute constituencies. In collaboration with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer will assist in the execution of a comprehensive major gifts plan to maximize fundraising success and primarily focus on campaign goals through external philanthropic support for Mid-Pacific.
Along with the Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Annual Fund, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Advancement Services Manager, this position is a senior advisor to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and provides leadership and evaluation to maximize philanthropic support for Mid-Pacific.
The Major Gifts Officer will develop and execute strategies for the solicitation of major gifts, foundation and corporate gifts, planned gifts, and, in collaboration with the Director of the Annual Fund, President and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, secure annual fund leadership gifts in addition to campaign gifts, as well as planned giving agreements. The Major Gifts Officer will ensure that all solicitations are carried out appropriately and in a timely manner, in accordance with best practices in moves management. The Major Gifts Officer will also develop and oversee the stewardship and cultivation functions, including major gifts stewardship and the planning and implementation of development events, including donor recognition events, on-campus dedications, and small group donor cultivation events with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and/or the President.
The Major Gifts Officer will manage a portfolio of 125-150 major gift donors and donor prospects (who have the potential to make high 5-, 6- and 7-figure gifts) and will work closely with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the President of Mid-Pacific, and additional school staff and volunteer leadership in unifying a school fundraising strategy and ramping up program activity in preparation for a continual “silent” comprehensive campaign for Mid-Pacific.
The position requires a strong leader who is motivated to build relationships with potential funders and board members.
Interested candidates can submit their application on our career centerHERE.
A Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred; advanced degree is an advantage.
Minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in individual donor development and major gift solicitation, including experience managing a portfolio of high net worth individual donors.
Working knowledge of philanthropic vehicles in order to facilitate sophisticated philanthropic conversations is critical.
Attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously is a must.
Must be results oriented with a passionate commitment to independent schools and an appreciation of the goals and mission of Mid-Pacific Institute, and possess an understanding of complex institutions.
Proven track record of successfully closing outright and planned major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, experience in raising funds in the fast-paced environment of a comprehensive and capital campaigns.
Ability to develop strong relationships with donors with the highest degree of professionalism.
Desire to mentor and promote a collaborative environment among front-line fundraisers.
Keen budgetary acumen and a natural sense of curiosity and creativity are also desired.
Strategic leader and thinker who can see the big picture of Advancement and how the Foundation and Corporate Relations function fits within it.
Talented and flexible writer and communicator who is able to serve as either the primary writer of a proposal or primary editor of a proposal authored by a campus partner. Proficient in developing grant budgets.
Relationship builder who is experienced in networking with individual donors and local and national foundations with the highest degree of professionalism.
Team player. Willing to support advancement colleagues in the cultivation of individuals and/or grant development where necessary.
Self-motivated and driven, with excellent time management skills.
Possesses an understanding of electronic systems that enables successful interaction and proposal submission within a wide variety of electronic proposal submission portals.
Proficient in Raisers Edge, MS Excel; MS Word; MS PowerPoint; Adobe Pro; Google Suite; and other productivity software.
Some mainland travel and weekend/evening work required.