Major Gifts Officer

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Salary period: Annual
SalaryAdditional: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
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Oberlin College and its Development and Alumni Affairs Division seek a career-oriented Major Gifts Officer to be an integral part of their team. We look forward to bringing a new team member in to our fast paced and enthusiastic environment. We take pride in working for a College that is one of the premier liberal arts institutions of higher education in the U.S. The town of Oberlin is situated just outside of Cleveland, OH, and yet feels a world away with its small town, friendly atmosphere. There are literally hundreds of concerts, plays, musicals, operas and recitals offered every year, many of them free. Add to this the presence of the stellar Allen Memorial Art Museum and you will see that we can offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore and enjoy music, art, culture and life-long learning.
The Major Gifts Officer acts as a donor relationship manager who plans and implements strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of outright and deferred gifts of $50,000 or more. This position will be based out of Oberlin. We welcome applicants for the position of Major Gifts Officer, a full-time, Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting to the Director of Leadership and Parent Giving.
Essential Job Functions:
Maintain and develop a portfolio of 175 major gift prospects ($50,000+ gift capacity).
Make 150-180 personal visits per year.
Cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni/friends capable of contributing outright or deferred major gifts.
Carry out certain administrative functions within the department, as assigned by the Director.
Maintain a robust, active pipeline of major gift (and some principal gift) proposals.
Collaborate with key fundraising volunteers.
Develop funding proposals and negotiate and structure complex gifts to the College.
Participate in special events (receptions, reunions, commencement, etc.) on and off campus.
Bachelor's degree or higher; 5+ years of progressive experience in development, major gifts fundraising, relationship management or related field; self motivation and a drive to succeed; ability to collaborate with a team; excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to adapt/relate to a wide variety of personalities; willingness to travel frequently (45+ days per year) and work weekends/evenings as appropriate; respect for the unique culture of Oberlin College and its alumni.
Desired Qualifications:
2-4 years major gifts fundraising experience.
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package. In particular, the College boasts a generous retirement plan through the TIAA-CREF program and valuable tuition assistance options for children of Oberlin employees.
To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit letter of application and rà sumà to:
Sharon Williams, Director of Leadership and Parent Giving, Oberlin College. Or send via email. Review of applications will begin on October 6th and continue until the position is filled.

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