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Major Gifts Officer

Saint Mary's College of California | Moraga CA 94575 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/05/2012

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Saint Mary's College of California

Major Gifts Officer

Closing Date/Time: Tue. 01/15/13 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Rheem Campus, 380 Moraga Road, Moraga, CA 94556-1541, California

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the full-time exempt Major Gifts Officer (MGO) manages and builds a portfolio of 150 high-net worth prospects capable of making gifts in the $25,000 to $1,000,000 range. Setting annual goals, the MGO participates in all aspects of the gift cycle, including initiating contact, developing and executing cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship strategies for each donor in the portfolio in an appropriate and timely fashion. The MGO will maintain an average of 20 contacts per month, requiring a significant number of cold calls each week. In addition to closing major gifts, the Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for closing annual leadership gifts from a portfolio.

The MGO serves as a staff liaison/development advocate for 2-3 campus programs and/or Schools, which includes staffing and coordinating volunteer boards and prospect screening efforts, coordinating cultivation and stewardship strategies and conducting solicitations with campus partners. The MGO promotes the College’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with members of the Board of Trustees, Regents, key volunteers, and College staff. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is informed, animated, and expressed through its Catholic, Lasallian, and Liberal Arts traditions.

Experience and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required, along with five (5) years of increasingly successful experience in major gift or planned gift fund raising in higher education, non-profit, or similar setting. Professional experience in capital campaigns, knowledge of deferred giving vehicles, and entrepreneurial spirit is highly desirable. Shows demonstrated success and effectiveness in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewarding major gifts ($25,000+). Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and experience with donor information databases.

This highly-driven, self-directed, and goal oriented individual must have experience motivating development volunteers and exhibiting sensitivity to the needs of the donors, prospects, and campus partners. Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate with a diverse community of faculty, staff, alumni, and donors and work collaboratively and strategically with campus leadership and development staff. The high-energy candidate will demonstrate strong organizational skills; the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously while working calmly under the pressure of deadlines; personal initiative and achievement against goals; exceptional verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, and a great sense of humor.

Supplemental Information:
Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College.
A complete application includes:

• A letter of interest and how you are prepared to support the Mission of the College
• A resume and an on-line application
• The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Candidates who submit names of references should expect that references will be contacted, in confidence, by the College and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.

Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry.

Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

Notification with regard to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.

As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Saint Mary’s College of California through its Department of Public Safety, annually provides notice and makes available copies of the Annual Security Report, to the campus community, prospective students, employees and the public. Each Security Report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents (whether they occurred on campus, in off-campus building and property owned or controlled by the College, or on public property adjacent to campus) reported to campus security authorities. Each Security Report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security – how to report sexual assaults and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims’ assistance programs, student discipline, college resources, and other matters. The Security Report is publicly available electronically or hard copy in the following ways: electronically:; in person: Department of Public Safety, Administrative Office, Siena Hall: or by or by Mail or Telephone Request: Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 3111, Moraga, CA 94575-3111 (925) 631-4052.

In addition, as provided by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office maintains a Megan’s Law database of sex crime offenders, which information may be obtained from the Sheriff’s office located at 500 Court Street, Martinez, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

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Location Moraga, CA, 94575, United States
Categories Education
Function Development/Fundraising
Experience Years 5 yrs
Pref Degree Bachelors

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Job Code 303417