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Major Gifts Officer
Western New England University

Date Posted Aug. 20, 2019
Title Major Gifts Officer
University Western New England University
Springfield, MA, United States
Department Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
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  • Institutional Advancement
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Major Gifts Officer
Western New England University seeks a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join its development team. The MGO is a highly motivated and entrepreneurial external-facing team member who manages the process of identifying, qualifying, cultivating and personally soliciting a portfolio of prospects who have the capacity to make mid-level and major gifts of $10,000 and above and leadership-level annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The MGO will manage a caseload of approximately 150 prospects and donors in both the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area and in other assigned geographic regions. Significant national travel including overnight stays is required and the MGO is expected to travel approximately 50-60% of the time.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; desire to work in a metrics-based, goal-oriented atmosphere; and have a high level of self-motivation and a commitment to donor-centered philanthropy. The MGO will be a key member of the development team and will work closely with the Executive Director of Development, other Advancement Division managers and staff members, institutional partners and University volunteers to ensure the success of an integrated team approach to fundraising utilizing a moves-management system. The MGO will join the development team at a critical point in the public phase of the University’s $35 million Campaign for our Second Century.

The Major Gifts Officer will be an engaging and high-energy individual with a passion for higher education. Entrepreneurial, results-oriented and relationship-driven, the MGO will be a key driver to propel the fundraising capacity of Western New England University’s advancement efforts. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree or advanced certification such as CFRE preferred) and 3-5 years of experience in development, advancement or fundraising, with a documented record of successfully closing gifts within or above the range outlined. Working knowledge of planned gift options and legacy planning is preferred. The MGO will have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, do-it-yourself environment and calmly switch gears when priorities or objectives change. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and have strong familiarity with fundraising databases and/or customer relationship management systems. Experience with Ellucian CRM Advance a plus.

Excellent fringe benefits including tuition remission for employee, spouse, and dependent children.

Celebrating its Centennial in the year 2019, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,900 students, including more than 2,600 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.

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  • Western New England University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome candidates whose background may contribute to the further diversification of our community.

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