Champlain College seeks a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as Major Gift Officer (MGO). Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused master's, bachelor's and associate's degree programs and professional certificates on campus, online and abroad. We are a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens. Champlain College offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes tuition benefits, generous retirement contributions and a professional working environment.
Burlington is a warm and hospitable city, rich in ethnic culture and home to families from more than 60 countries. Burlington has been consistently ranked as one of the country's most livable small cities according to a number of national surveys and magazine reports based on criteria such as healthfulness, lifestyle and economic potential.
The MGO position is responsible for cultivating meaningful relationships with potential and current Major Gift ($100,000+) level donors to the College. The gift officer will manage a portfolio of donors and prospective donors, and be responsible for facilitating all phases of the gift cycle, including initiating contact, cultivating and moving potential donors to solicitation and closure, making solicitations, writing proposals, and stewarding donors. The gift officer works collaboratively with key volunteers, school leadership and faculty, Advancement staff and other school representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for college priorities. Major Gift Officers are assigned to a general region, a project area, or to a constituent group.
This highly driven, self-directed, and goal oriented individual must have experience exhibiting sensitivity to the needs of high net-worth individuals. The successful candidate demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse community of donors, staff and faculty and is able to work collaboratively and strategically with college leadership and advancement staff. The high-energy candidate will demonstrate strong organizational skills and an impeccable work ethic; the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously while working calmly under the pressure of deadlines; personal initiative and achievement against goals; exceptional verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, and a great sense of humor.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, along with a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly successful experience in major gift fund raising in education, non-profit, or similar setting. Professional experience in both current-use and capital gift fundraising, knowledge of deferred giving vehicles, and entrepreneurial spirit is highly desirable. Shows demonstrated success and effectiveness in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewarding major gifts ($100,000 +). Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and experience with donor relational databases (Blackbaud).
Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals. The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.