At LaGrange College, you'll find faculty and staff committed to providing the very best educational experience. But more than that, you'll find a caring and supportive community.

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 status.

Major Gift Officer

Job Duties:
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 college. 
  • 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 contacts. 

Minimum Qualifications
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 team 

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 system.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three references to: khuddleston@lagrange.edu .

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.


A distinctive place

A distinctive placeFor more than 175 years, the LaGrange College mission has been to challenge students’ minds and inspire their souls.  Founded in 1831 as a women’s academy, LaGrange is the oldest private college in Georgia, and throughout its history, the college has retained close ties with the United Methodist Church.

Located about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta, the college inhabits a beautiful, immaculately maintained campus of more than 125 acres situated on the highest geographical point in the city of LaGrange. The beauty of the surrounding region is also impressive, highlighted by West Point Lake, a 25,000 acre reservoir created by the Chattahoochee River, with 525 miles of shoreline.

The most recent building on the campus is the Frank and Laura Lewis Library, a LEED-certified building that opened early in 2009. The new library’s expanded capacity includes new technologies with unlimited access to global digital sources, 24-hour spaces equipped specifically for undergraduate research, writing and tutorial centers, and greatly expanded collection space.

A discussion about the LaGrange campus is not complete without including the historic city of LaGrange (pop. 30,000). The city’s charming downtown features quaint shops, diverse local restaurants and a 10-screen movie theater.

The college has intentionally extended, through word and action, its concern for the larger community.  A new Servant Scholars program sends students to live and serve in downtown LaGrange. Participants share in challenging coursework and in-depth assignments—including an extended community service project. They live in the Broad Street Apartments, midway between campus and downtown.