The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of constituents capable of making high end gifts to meet fundraising goals set for successful private sector support of University priorities and initiatives as outlined by the President. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for the solicitation of gifts, including the preparation and presentation of proposals. In addition, this person is responsible for proper stewardship of gifts.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and sustain long-term strategic relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations in support of University priorities.
Participate in all aspects of the moves management cycle: - Assist in the identification of major gift prospects - Develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including working with volunteers - Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
Maintain a prospect tracking system to organize the cultivation and solicitation of assigned prospects.
Coordinate and assist with site visits and other cultivation or stewardship events.
Works collaboratively and strategically with volunteers, advancement staff, faculty, and other University representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for University priorities.
Maintain adequate stewardship of donors; reflect optimistic and positive attitude; convey sensitivity to the needs of donors; and adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Perform other responsibilities as assigned that relate to the achievement of fundraising goals within the development office.
Must have excellent management and organizational skills and able to conduct one-on-one solicitations for all gift types. Must be able to articulate the University’s mission and work across disciplines. This position requires the ability to analyze situations and facilitate appropriate actions and responses. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong computer and research skills. Must be able to simultaneously perform multiple tasks independently. A bachelor’s degree is required, as well as a minimum of five years of successful education-related or other non-profit fundraising experience.
About Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.