Reporting to the Executive Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Major Gift Officer (MGO) identifies, cultivates, and solicits (degree and non-degree) alumni and friends of the School of Professional Studies with the capacity to make gifts of $50,000 or more. SPS is expanding its development program, and the MGO will help qualify new prospects and develop a pipeline. The MGO is responsible for developing a portfolio of 150 prospects and moving them through the complete giving cycle: validation, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and serves as a key member of a dynamic External Affairs team.
Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 5 years of fundraising or related development experience is required. Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point) required. Some evenings required.
Must have a demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and managing high-level donor relationships. Possess a proven ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner is essential. The capacity to clearly comprehend and communicate SPS's mission and ongoing initiatives is required.
0Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and client/customer awareness. Must possess the ability work with changing priorities and multiple projects.
Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess an ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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