Position Summary:Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, this person is responsible for managing the College’s relationships with a portfolio of approximately 150 major gift prospects. Major gift prospects are individuals who have the ability to make gifts that generally range from $25K and higher. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for the creation and implementation of strategies designed to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. This position is based in Yellow Springs, Ohio. However, regular travel outside the region is required.
Antioch College invites applications for Major Gifts Officer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled or cancelled.
Antioch College embraces diversity as a core value, and considers it fundamental to excellence in education. We are an educational community dedicated to the pursuit of social justice that intentionally and consistently supports diverse and inclusive practices. Antioch College acknowledges and seeks to end the existence of systemic inequity in terms of access to power, resources, and privilege and works to develop access and equity in the community. Within this context, Antioch seeks to build authentic engagement across diversity, ensure systems of support for historically and currently marginalized groups, and promote safety in challenging dialogues and exchanges. We believe diversity enhances learning and our individual and collective ability to manifest positive change. We seek candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s mission through curricular development and innovation that fosters social justice, cultural competencies, and understanding of diversity.
- Manage a portfolio of key donors and prospects among College’s alumni, parent and friend constituencies toward successfully closed gift solicitations in five, six and seven-figure range.
- Travel nationally in support of donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Work independently while also working closely as a member of the Advancement team, and coordinate activities with those of other staff in Advancement, as well as with the College President and members of the Board of Trustees.
- Possess or develop a working knowledge of commonly used planned giving techniques that will enable informed conversation with donor prospects that evidence an interest in exploring these gift techniques.
- Work in close coordination with Alumni Relations and Annual Fund staff to engage an enthusiastic community of 17,000 alumni at a particularly important and exciting time in the College’s history to assist in creating a compelling strategic vision for alumni relations programming.
- Enhance ability to serve as external ambassador for the College by building positive relationships with faculty, staff and students.
- Be an ambassador for the College by building positive relationships with members of the Yellow Springs and Greater Miami Valley communities.
- Adherence to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, and optimistic and positive attitude. Capacity to multitask while paying attention to details. Sensitivity to needs and feelings of others. Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and dollar goals.
- Understand the needs and interests of major gift prospects and donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College.
- Initiate, follow-through, analyze, monitor and evaluate individual strategy plans for qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
- Articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy into” the mission/vision/goals of Antioch College and understand with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more.
Five years of successful experience, including direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts, leadership, annual, and major gift fundraising.
Consideration given to solid experience in related fields with transferable skills.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Travel up to 60% of time
- Utilization of public and/or private transportation during all seasons and weather to reach prospects, donors, and associated functions. This could include accessing automobiles, trains, planes, and other forms of transportation.
- Ability to access facilities associated with prospects, donors, and associated functions.
- Ability to utilize standard office equipment such as phone and computer and other devices used in support of work accomplishment
- Physical ability to perform daily office activities, to include sitting long periods at a desk, light duty lifting, written and oral correspondence.
Education, including Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or professional training in planned giving techniques preferred.
- Valid state driver’s license
Application materials for the position will be accepted until an appointment is made or the position is canceled. There is no relocation available for this position.
To apply, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the position title in subject line and submit in one attachment in Word or PDF format the following:
- A cover letter addressing relevant experience, leadership and your suitability for and interest in the Antioch College position,
- A resume detailing your work history and relevant experience, and education,
- Three professional references who are familiar with your work and who will speak with Antioch about your capabilities (they will not be contacted without your knowledge). Provide their contact information including name, association with you, telephone number, and email address.
Electronic applications are preferred. Alternatively, you may send the same information by US mail:
Office of Human Resources
One Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities, and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s commitment to diversity and its evolving multilingual culture are encouraged to apply.