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Major Gift Officer
Title:Major Gift Officer

Job Duties:

The primary responsibilities of the Major Gift Officer will be the cultivation and solicitation of alumni and friends for their annual support to LaGrange College while managing a portfolio of 300 prospects.

Other duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Complete 125 face-to-face visits per year based assigned portfolio of donors and departmental priorities, with primary responsibility for soliciting, renewing and upgrading gifts to the LaGrange College Fund and other strategic needs at the College.
  • Responsible for coordinating membership in the College's Panther Club, including organizing a golf tournament; collaborating with the Panther Club Leadership Team to identify and obtain new potential donors to support student-athletes.
  • Develop and carry out action plans for cultivating and soliciting donors and prospects.
  • Identify potential planned and major gift donors and work collaboratively with appropriate colleagues to maximize support for the College.
  • Carry out programmatic responsibilities as assigned; identify, recruit and support volunteers as required by specific assignments.
  • Complete documentation requirements of the position including correspondence, contact and call reports, expense reports and reimbursements, accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Participate actively in all required and requested meetings, openly contributing ideas and suggestions to strengthen the LaGrange College development program.
  • As required, participate in cultivation and other events, including Homecoming. Such additional work may include evenings and weekends.
  • Assist colleagues in other duties as assigned to meet the challenges and opportunities of LaGrange College’s development goals.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and thoughtful planning in the use and care of all College resources, including staff and student time, funds budgeted for travel, telephone, events or other activities, property such as vehicles, computer, cell phones, etc.
  • Participate in appropriate professional development activities as suggested, including regular participation in campus and community activities that will enhance donor contacts.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of higher education fundraising experience, to include demonstrated success in soliciting and closing major gifts is preferred; or the equivalent combination or experience, training and/or education as approved by Human Resources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors for the purpose of developing strong, enduring relationships for the College; interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the College’s fundraising priorities through development of excellent relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, senior academic leaders, trustees, volunteers and the external relations team


Knowledgeable on all planned giving vehicles and regularly updates knowledge through professional development seminars. Develop and maintain current understanding of relevant tax, probate, trust and financial/estate planning information and of the College’s programs, plans and staff members


Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to determine priorities


Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills


Personal demonstrated traits of integrity, discretion, patience, persistence, good judgment and strong sense of self


Extensive travel (up to 50%) is required, to include driving car on extended trips with significant daily mileage


Valid driver’s license and good driving record required and may need to use personal car on occasion


Strong computer skills to include ability to use Internet, make travel arrangements online, use of e-mail for communications; ability to navigate in Raiser’s Edge software to record call/contact report data; ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; and, the ability to use cell phone and institution’s phone/voice mail system.


The job profile document is intended to be generic in nature. It is not intended to specify all duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Additional job functions and the need to work a flexible work schedule may vary based on specific requirements of the department and the College.

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