A successful Lead Annual Gift Officer will be a proactive and collaborative member of this dynamic advancement team and a champion for the College’s highest funding priorities.. One of the College’s core values is integrity, and this team member will help foster a community that demonstrates respect for self, others, and place.
The Lead Annual Gift Officer develops and manages a portfolio of annual leadership to mid-range capacity prospects. The work with donors is expected to be personal in nature with an emphasis on face-to-face visits. This position is critical for ensuring the stabilization of annual leadership donations to build the major gift pipeline.
Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of related experience in alumni/development activities that demonstrate leadership and accomplishment in moves management, gift solicitation and closes at $2,500- $25,000. Strong organizational capabilities are required as is demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively with many constituencies and partners in a university or non-profit setting. Willingness to travel is essential. Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, personal integrity, excellent communication, the ability to prioritize projects and support a collaborative approach to development and fundraising planning. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to work on several projects concurrently while meeting deadlines. Analytical skills are required. Ability to develop solicitation strategies in support of the College’s unrestricted funds is required. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Requires a high energy level, ambition and an orientation to action, the ability to inspire and energize others. Excellent people skills, effective communication skills, oral and written, and demonstrated commitment to extraordinary customer service. Experience using Microsoft Office suite of software and Experience with Raiser’s Edge, or Banner software is desirable. Must be able to plan and think strategically with the College’s mission in mind.
Additional Comments Regarding Position
Weekend and evening work will be required. Regular overnight travel is expected.
*This position is hybrid work eligible (works remotely at least 1 day per week but not full time).
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
**Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
· Manages the advancement of a dynamic portfolio of leadership annual gift prospects in all phases of qualification, cultivation, and solicitation.
· Coordinates customized solicitation strategies in collaboration with strategic internal partners to include Advancement Services; University Events, Communications and Donor Relations and Alumni Affairs; to increase gifts to the College’s unrestricted funds.
· Plans and executes trips to engage prospective donors face-to-face. When possible, travel is in collaboration with Alumni Affairs, Athletics and Admissions regional engagement opportunities.
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· Participates in pipeline development by documenting all prospect moves management actions, proposals and statuses within Raiser’s Edge NXT.
· When appropriate, refers qualified prospects to Director of Prospect Research and Executive Director of Development for new assignment.
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· Exemplifies the College’s core values with specific focus on integrity, diversity, equity and inclusion and innovation.
· Maintains a productive and collaborative working relationship with Institutional Advancement colleagues and campus partners where cooperation is essential to effective Development programs.
· Assists with special events and represents the College of Charleston to advance internal and external partnerships. Represents the College and Development Office at both on- and off-campus events.
· Participates in preparation of Institutional Advancement’s quarterly and fiscal year workplans.
Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is the oldest institution of higher education south of Virginia and the 13th oldest in the United States. The College has earned a reputation for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences throughout its nearly 250-year history, and this remarkable tradition provides a strong foundation for 21st century learning. The College is also one of the largest and most sought-after employers in the region. The College is more than just a place to work; it’s a place where you can build a career and make a difference for our students and the community. We offer a wealth of benefits, resources and learning opportunities.