This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization positioned for growth. The Major Gifts Officer will be essential in building a major gift program at the Foundation and establishing new relationships.
Our mission at the AACC Foundation is to secure and steward private funds to increase access to higher education for our community through student scholarships. Through private philanthropy, the AACC Foundation also seeks to enhance the educational endeavors of the college. We believe every motivated, hard-working student should have the opportunity to attend college and improve his or her life. Donations provide scholarships for our students and helps support Anne Arundel Community College programs.
The Major Gifts Officer is a front-line fundraiser, directly responsible for the identification, cultivation, direct solicitation and stewardship of major donors, driving the effort to secure gifts at the $2,500+ level with a focus on individuals and family foundations. This position will develop and implement strategies for qualifying major gift prospects, cultivating donors and maximizing gifts. The Officer will assist with securing sponsorship funds from individuals and corporations for the Foundation’s signature events, and assist with other fundraising efforts as needed in order to meet the organizations fundraising goal.
AACC is an equal opportunity employer who values the power of diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Develop a growing and active pipeline of major donors by working closely with the Director of Development to identify prospects; evaluating the existing database to uncover prospects; reviewing donor lists from peer organizations; and using other strategies and prospecting resources to identify and qualify new potential major donors. • Work with the Executive Director and Director of Development to enlist the participation of board members and other volunteer leadership in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donor prospects. • Develop short-term and long-term strategies for prospects, including goals for annual giving and campaigns. Incorporate the Moves Management giving cycle with clear benchmarks for success; set and meet goals for number of touch points annually. • Maintain donor records in the Raiser’s Edge database: enter contact reports and ensure that next steps are scheduled for all active and prospective donors. • Draft compelling proposals and solicitation letters to encourage philanthropic support and demonstrate impact of gifts. • Serve as a liaison to assigned schools at the College in order to bridge communication and raise awareness of philanthropic needs throughout the organization. • Other responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
Minimum of three years fundraising or related experience, preferably at an educational institution required.
Experience qualifying, soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts required.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications required; proficiency with donor database software (Raiser’s Edge) preferred.
Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes local travel to accommodate the needs of the College and Foundation.
Demonstrate organizational and problem solving skills, including the ability to anticipate needs and issues.
Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and with attention to accuracy, details and deadlines.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, as are excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to engage effectively and tactfully with donor, prospective donors, faculty, staff, administrators, and the public.
Ability to interact with a variety of faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
With learning as its central mission, Anne Arundel Community College has responded to the needs of a diverse community for more than 50 years by offering high quality, affordable and accessible learning opportunities. The college’s nationally recognized and award-winning programs have helped its more than 51,000 students annually achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. AACC is a f...ully accredited, public, two-year institution offering credit programs leading to an associate degree, certificate or a letter of recognition. Students may prepare to transfer to a four-year institution or prepare for an immediate career. AACC also offers extensive lifelong learning opportunities and noncredit, continuing education to those seeking career training or retraining, working to boost basic skills or pursuing new areas of interest. In addition to its main campus in Arnold, Md., the college has degree centers at Arundel Mills, Glen Burnie and at centers and schools around the county. In 2012, the college opened the 30,000-square-foot Center for Cyber and Professional Training in Hanover, which houses 13 specialized labs, a testing center and faculty support space. Located in Anne Arundel County near historic Annapolis - home to the U.S. Naval Academy – AACC is conveniently located just minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and downtown Baltimore. To learn more, visit www.aacc.edu.