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very best educational experience. But more than that, you'll find a caring and
If you'd like to join our family, browse the current open positions below.
LaGrange College does not discriminate against any applicant or student on the
basis of race, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability or veteran
Major Gift Officer
The primary responsibilities of the Major Gift Officer will be the cultivation
and solicitation of alumni and friends for their annual support to LaGrange College
while managing a portfolio of 150 prospects.
Other duties will include, but not be limited to:
Complete 125 face-to-face visits per year based on assigned portfolio of donors
and departmental priorities, with primary responsibility for soliciting, renewing
and upgrading gifts to the LaGrange College Fund and other strategic needs at the
Responsible for coordinating membership in the college's planned giving society,
including all stewardship activities; collaborating with team members to identify
and confirm new potential planned giving donors.
Develop and carry out action plans for cultivating and soliciting donors and prospects.
Identify potential planned and major gift donors and work collaboratively with
appropriate colleagues to maximize support for the college.
Carry out programmatic responsibilities as assigned; identify, recruit and support
volunteers as required by specific assignments.
Complete documentation requirements of the position including correspondence,
contact and call reports, expense reports and reimbursements, accurately and in
a timely fashion.
Participate actively in all required and requested meetings, openly contributing
ideas and suggestions to strengthen the LaGrange College development program.
As required, participate in cultivation and other events, including Homecoming.
Such additional work may include evenings and weekends.
Assist colleagues in other duties as assigned to meet the challenges and opportunities
of LaGrange College's development goals.
Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and thoughtful planning in the use and care
of all college resources, including staff and student time, funds budgeted for
travel, telephone, events or other activities, property such as vehicles, computer,
cell phones, etc.
Participate in appropriate professional development activities as suggested, including
regular participation in campus and community activities that will enhance donor
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years of successful fundraising experience
(higher education setting preferred), to include demonstrated success in soliciting
and closing major and planned gifts is preferred; or the equivalent combination
or experience, training and/or education as approved by Human Resources.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors
for the purpose of developing strong, enduring relationships for the college;
interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the college's
fundraising priorities through development of excellent relationships with faculty,
staff, alumni, senior academic leaders, trustees, volunteers and the external relations
Knowledgeable on all planned giving vehicles and regularly updates knowledge through
professional development seminars. Develop and maintain current understanding
of relevant tax, probate, trust and financial/estate planning information
Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to determine priorities
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
Personal demonstrated traits of integrity, discretion, patience, persistence,
good judgment and strong sense of self
Extensive travel (up to 50%) is required, to include driving car on extended trips
with significant daily mileage
Valid driver's license and good driving record required and may need to use personal
car on occasion
Strong computer skills to include ability to use Internet, make travel arrangements
online, use of e-mail for communications; ability to navigate in Raiser's Edge
software; ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to record call/contact
report data; and, the ability to use cell phone and institution's phone/voice mail
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information
of three references to:
The job profile document is intended to be generic in nature. It is not intended to specify all duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Additional job functions and the need to work a flexible work schedule may vary based on specific requirements of the department and the College.