• Full Time

Position Summary:

Antioch College invites applications for Full-time Major Gifts Officer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled or cancelled. 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 $25,000 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150+ key donors and prospects among the College’s alumni, parents and friends toward successfully closed gift solicitations of five, six and seven-figures.
  • 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 be willing to 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 coordination with Alumni Relations to engage an enthusiastic community of 16,000+ alumni and assist in creating a compelling strategic vision for alumni programming.
  • Be an ambassador for the College by building positive relationships with faculty, staff and students through participation in College events.
  • Be an ambassador for the College by building positive relationships with members of the Yellow Springs and Greater Miami Valley communities.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or training in fundraising preferred.
  • Several years of successful fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, including direct solicitation of gifts. Consideration given to solid experience in related fields with transferable skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, a collaborative teamwork approach to work projects, and a strong service orientation.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of individual fundraising, including experience with annual giving programs and a working knowledge of gift planning techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with or willingness to learn Raiser’s Edge data base management program.

Skills & Abilities:

  • 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.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift prospects and donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College. Ability to initiate, follow-through, analyze, monitor and evaluate individual strategy plans for qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
  • Ability to articulate the case for support so that individuals can be inspired by the College’s mission, vision and goals.
  • Physical ability to perform daily office activities, to include sitting long periods at a desk, light duty lifting, written and oral correspondence.

Application Process:

Application materials for this position will be accepted until an appointment is made or the position is canceled.  To apply, send email to hr@antiochcollege.edu. Include the position title in the subject line and submit all documents in one attachment in Word or PDF format.

Application Materials:

  1. A cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position,
  2. A resume/vitae detailing your work history, relevant experience, and education,
  3. Three professional references who are familiar with your work and who will speak with Antioch about your capabilities.  Provide their contact information including name, association with you, telephone number, and email address.

Your application will not be reviewed unless all application materials are received.

Electronic applications are preferred.  Alternatively, you may send the same information by US mail:
Office of Human Resources
Antioch College
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.