POSITION TITLE: Development Officer (Major Gifts)
ABOUT BRYN MAWR:
For more than 130 years, smart, strong, women have come to Bryn Mawr College to seek an unparalleled education and meaningful opportunities to contribute to the world. That tradition continues and grows today. Bryn Mawr offers a university of academic opportunities in an intimate setting; a close, connected community that fosters lifelong connections; and the preparation women need to lead.
One of the historic seven sisters, the mission of Bryn Mawr College is to provide a rigorous education and to encourage the pursuit of knowledge as preparation for life and work. Bryn Mawr teaches and values critical, creative and independent habits of thought and expression in an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum for women and in coeducational graduate programs in arts and sciences and social work and social research. Bryn Mawr seeks to sustain a community diverse in nature and democratic in practice, for we believe that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world.
Defy Expectation: The Campaign for Bryn Mawr:
Bryn Mawr College is currently in the public phase of a bold fundraising campaign to raise a minimal goal of $250 million dollars. As Bryn Mawr continues to have an unexpected global impact for an institution of our size, we must seize this moment to garner the resources that will propel us forward. As we enter the final sixteen months of the largest campaign in the history of the College, the work that the Alumnae Relations and Development team is doing will assist Bryn Mawr women to transform lives, societies, and the world.
Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, the Development Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $100,000 or more. The Development Officer will be a vital member of the Alumnae Relations & Development team and will help ensure the success of the College’s current campaign.
- Manage a portfolio of approximately 250 individual donors and prospects.
- Work in coordination across the team to identify, visit, and qualify potential new major gift prospects.
- Develop and implement individualized cultivation and solicitation strategies to increase prospects’ philanthropic commitment to Bryn Mawr (through The Bryn Mawr Fund, endowed funds, capital projects, and planned gifts) and successfully close major gifts.
- Maintain complete and timely records of contacts with prospects.
- Achieve all goals, specifically visit and solicitation goals.
- Serve as an ambassador of Bryn Mawr College to articulate the mission, current priorities and future plans.
- Coordinate with administrators, deans, faculty and volunteers as needed in the cultivation and solicitation process.
- Work collaboratively with college development and advancement officers.
- Prepare gift proposals and other materials as appropriate and needed.
- Coordinate with the stewardship office to design and implement individualized stewardship activities for assigned prospects.
- Represent the College at regional and on-campus events.
- Prepare reports for colleagues and volunteers as needed.
SKILLS, ABILITY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree.
- The Development Officer will have prior experience in major gift fundraising, with proven experience soliciting gifts of $50,000+, preferably in an institution of higher education.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Goal oriented, persistent, personable, team oriented, strategic thinker.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Ability to relate to a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work with a minimum of day-to-day supervision while balancing multiple priorities.
- Prior experience in a capital campaign a plus.
- Basic knowledge of commonly used gift planning strategies.
- Ability to work closely with administrators, faculty and volunteers.
- Comfortable with a collaborative team approach to fundraising.
- Understanding of and ability to articulate the mission and priorities of Bryn Mawr College.
- Ability and willingness to travel domestically, including transportation by air, train and car. Driver’s license and willingness to drive are a requirement.
- Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues facing higher education today.
The College offers employees a competitive salary and benefits package, including 25 vacation and personal days, 13 holidays, and a 10% retirement contribution. Bryn Mawr College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or disability. We are committed to building a culturally diverse environment and welcome all applicants.
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