Do you enjoy meeting different people? Do you have an interest in helping others? Do you believe in the power of higher education to help transform lives? If you answered yes to all three of those questions, we have the best job in world for you!
Join an experienced and energetic fund raising team at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 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 also proudly 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.
As a member of University Advancement, your principal responsibilities will be to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors with the capacity to make gifts in the $1,000+ range with a special emphasis on student scholarships. The person in the Major Gift Officer role will also serve as the liaison between the College of Science and Health and possibly other units on campus.
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.
- One year related experience (May include private sector business development experience).
- 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.
- Master’s degree.
- Three years of non-profit or higher education development experience.
- Donor database proficiency with Talisma (Donor 2).
- Ability to exercise independent judgment, manage complex tasks and meet deadlines.
- Attention to detail and strong organization skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
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 June 12, 2017. 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 is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse 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. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 25 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 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.
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. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. 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.
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Clery-report/.
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.