Olivet College invites applications for the position of Major Gift Officer – Michigan within the college’s Office of Institutional Advancement.
About Olivet College
Since its inception in 1844, Olivet College’s founders and leaders have believed an education should be available to anyone regardless of gender, race, or financial means. The basis of Olivet’s guiding principle was established by the founders when they wrote, “We wish simply to do good to our students, by placing in their hands the means of intellectual, moral and spiritual improvement, and to teach them the divine art and science of doing good to others.”
The College recently completed its historic $44M comprehensive campaign Responsible Learners – Responsible Leaders, by raising over $47.1M. The campaign launched in 2015 with a primary directive to help achieve many of the elements of the College’s strategic plan, Charting the Course for 2020 and Beyond. The Office of Institutional Advancement has expanded and grown during the campaign and will continue to serve a primary role in ensuring the college’s ultimate success in the years to come. The Major Gift Officer - Michigan will play a key role in continuing strong fundraising performance as the college transitions out of the campaign and into initiatives to fund several essential projects to support the College’s continued growth. The professional who accepts this position will receive the opportunity for great success and significant personal growth and development.
Olivet College is located in south central Michigan in the town of Olivet, MI. Olivet is a close-knit, rural community offering quiet streets and natural surroundings, yet is not more than 30 minutes from the larger cities of Lansing and Battle Creek. Both are small enough to be friendly and large enough to boast many of the big city amenities. The region offers numerous high quality school districts and an affordable and stable cost of living. The greater region offers an abundance of beaches along one the most beautiful lakes in the world (Lake Michigan), state campgrounds wooded adventures, and art and cultural opportunities ranging from outdoor sculpture to Opera all within easy driving distance.
About the Position
The Major gift Officer serves as a representative for Olivet College, especially among constituents with a record of, or the potential for, major gifts. They report to the Director of Major Gifts and serve as a member of the Office of Advancement charged specifically with the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individuals and corporations with an interest in and capability of supporting the mission of Olivet College. Success will be defined through the outcomes achieved by the individual in building lasting relationships that secure major gifts matching the interests of donors with the most significant opportunities of the college.
Promote and maintain a personal commitment to the mission of Olivet College with strong advocacy of its mission and values
Strategically manage all donor work and activities within the assigned territory within the state of Michigan
Cultivate a portfolio of prospects capable of giving at the President’s Circle donor level or higher ($1,000 per year, focusing on multi-year commitments of $5,000+), including creating strategies to move donors up through the giving continuum if appropriate. Develop individual strategies and solicit gifts from them matching their interests with the opportunities of the college. Maintain donor commitment through regular cultivation and stewardship to ensure they remain confident in the college. Keep them informed of the outcomes of their gifts, as well as, all relevant activities and programs of the college
Donor travel and engagement will represent approximately 50% of work responsibilities
Travel will include 12-15 substantive personal visits each month within the state of Michigan
Coordinate and attend donor focused events within the assigned region
Engage the college administration, faculty and athletic staff as resources in prospect development both on campus and across the assigned territory
Maintain appropriate and effective reporting of activity and monitoring of resources and expenditures associated with territory and portfolio
Enrich professional skills, including the understanding of tax laws related to charitable giving, by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, and through professional reading
Fundraising Experience: a minimum of one year of fundraising experience, or comparable sales experience, with particular emphasis on individual and face to face solicitation or sales, previous experience in higher education preferred
Judgment and Decision Making: proven ability to think on one’s feet; evaluate relevant information, recognize alternatives, and reach logical conclusions based on the information available; handle day-to-day problems in a practical and effective way
Verbal and Listening Skills: superior communication skills; specifically the talent to speak effectively and make oneself understood in both informal settings and before a group and refined listening skills to effectively acquire relevant information
Empathy and Relationship Skills: the sensitivity to perceive and react with consideration to the needs and feelings of others; competence in developing relationships that enhance understanding, communication, and friendliness
Ability to Motivate: the skill to influence, persuade, motivate, and convince others of the worthiness of the cause and appropriateness of a gift
Initiative: must be able and willing to work in accordance with high, self-imposed standards and discipline; be a self-starter; devote extra effort to get the job done whenever necessary. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, demanding, and results-oriented environment
Planning and Organizing: possess the discipline to structure personal activities to maximize productivity and efficiency; arrange documentation and information in a systematic manner; establish objectives and plans for the accomplishment of goals; set priorities; meet deadlines
Flexibility: ability to adapt and respond appropriately to the demands of a variety of situations including working early mornings, evenings and weekends to attend events and meetings
Analytical Skills: strong experience in analyzing and interpreting data to drive donor strategies with the ability to conceptualize, develop, implement, and assess strategic development activities
Writing: must be able to present a written message in a clear, concise, engaging, and effective manner
Technology Skills: demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Excel, is essential. Strong computer software skills, database experience, and technical aptitude strongly desired
Education: bachelor's degree required
All applications must be submitted online. Please use this link to submit your online application: Career Center
At the career center, select this position title and follow the instructions to complete the online application process.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, to guarantee full consideration please apply before Friday, December 6, 2019. Please be prepared to submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references. All materials are requested in pdf format.
Olivet College is a professional liberal arts college offering employees career opportunities built around growth and development, team spirit, work/life balance, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package. An attractive and competitive salary/benefits package commensurate with experience will be offered to the right candidate.
Working Conditions: Work is normally performed in an office environment.
Hazards: Mainly those present in a normal office setting; no known hazards.
We encourage you to forward the announcement of this career opportunity to others who may be interested.
Olivet College is an equal opportunity employer and does take affirmative steps to employ women and minorities.
About Olivet College
Olivet College, founded in 1844, is a small liberal arts college located in south-central Michigan. Olivet was founded on the principle that education should be available to all regardless of race, gender or financial status, a principle we still hold strong to today.
Serving 1,100 students the college integrates the development of personal and social responsibility into its curriculum and offers traditional liberal arts degrees as well as strong professional programs, including a nationally ranked Insurance and Risk Management program. Olivet competes at the Division III level in the MIAA, the oldest conference in the country.