Job Title: Major Gift Officer
Organization: Haub School of ENR, Biodiversity Institute,
Type of opportunity: This position shall serve as a senior development professional for the UW Foundation with a primary focus on securing major gifts ($25,000+) in support of the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Biodiversity Institute and other environmental and natural resource programs on campus.
- Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift ($25,000 +) donors and donor prospects.
- Manage a portfolio of 100 – 150 donors and donor prospects.
- Travel a minimum of 30% of work schedule.
- Develop high trust relationships with donors, donor prospects, campus partners, UW alumni, and friends.
- Participate as a key team member in a centralized development structure and play a critical role in building a collaborative, team-oriented environment among University leadership, faculty and staff.
- Support the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Biodiversity Institute and other environmental programs in a comprehensive fundraising program with an emphasis on student, faculty and programmatic support.
- Serve as the primary liaison between the UW Foundation and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Biodiversity Institute and other environmental programs.
- Meet annual individual fundraising goals in addition to other performance goals – including face to face visits, substantive donor contacts, and the submission and closing of both major and planned gift proposals.
- Work closely with UW Foundation staff, Deans and Directors Department Heads, and faculty members in the planning and identification of major gift fundraising initiatives and opportunities.
- Align donor interests with UW programs and initiatives.
- Appropriately and proactively steward donors.
- Artfully ask for the right gift, at the right time, in the right manner.
- Actively participate in campus advisory board meetings and other college/unit activities.
- Participate in UW external relations events and activities as appropriate.
- Actively participate in UW’s prospect management/proposal-tracking program to maintain accurate prospect information and ensure appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts.
- Collaborate with colleagues in discussing prospects, coordinating solicitations and creating materials in support of College/Unit fundraising efforts.
- Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent of education/experience in closely related fields such as marketing, public relations, communication, sales
- Passion for the importance and advancement of higher education; specifically the University of Wyoming
- Demonstrated strength in relationship building skills
- Excellent Verbal communication skills
- Excellent Written communication skills
- Must be able to live and work from Laramie, WY as part of the UW community
- Valid Driver’s License with a motor vehicle record that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy Found at: http://www.uwyo.edu/auxserv/car-rental-services/official-vehicle-policy/ovp.pdf
- Ability to travel extensively
Desired/Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
- Experience with non-profits
- Experience within higher education
- Demonstrated background and/or passion for conservation, biodiversity and other forms of natural resource management.
- Experience in successfully negotiating and securing major gifts ($25K and larger)
- Proven communication skills with an ability to write and speak persuasively about the role of philanthropy in higher education
- Full-time experience in development/philanthropy
- Successful relationship building techniques.
- Effective written communication skills.
- Effective oral communication skills.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills.
- Understanding of and ability to apply Donor motivations in relation to philanthropy.
- Understanding of and the ability to apply the Vision, Mission, Goals, and Ideals of the University of Wyoming Foundation.
- Understanding of the University of Wyoming including its structure, colleges, and units.
- Ability to initiate contact with donor prospects with initial assessment/exploratory meetings and visits, following up with correspondence, phone calls, and additional contacts as appropriate.
- Ability to plan and conduct visits and other ongoing contacts to build and cultivate relationships with donors, friends, and alumni, effectively presenting the case for
- philanthropic support for both assigned areas and other areas of campus.
- Ability to learn and become knowledgeable in planned giving techniques in order to maximize planned giving opportunities.
- Collaboration techniques and skills.
- Project management skills.
Start and end dates: Full-time position
Application deadline: Apr 8, 2019, 12:59:00 AM