Fundraising is a call to conversion. Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that offers other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission. The Leadership Gifts Officer is responsible to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward a portfolio of current and future benefactors who are capable of a major gift as defined by the University. The Leadership Gifts Officer works collaboratively with colleagues at Franciscan University and represents all of Franciscan University’s programs while working with alumni, parents, friends, staff and faculty in helping them focus on matching each of their interests with the appropriate gift opportunities.
Implement prospecting plan/strategy to build and expand a major gift portfolio.
Identify, cultivate and ask Franciscan University constituents who are capable of making major gifts to the University.
Develop, create and present proposals for consideration according to benefactor's interest, financial situation, and the University's priorities.
Initiate and maintain relationships centered on conversion with current and specific benefactors.
Collaborate with employees of the University in order to identify University needs, to create proposals, to formulate proposal strategies and identify potential benefactors.
Develop and monitor annual strategy to meet fundraising and activity goals with the help of the Director for Leadership Giving.
Plan, prepare, and execute events and programs in support of development activities.
This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University's needs.
Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:
Believes, promotes and has a strong commitment to the mission of Franciscan University.
3 – 5 years of fundraising, sales or related experience with a proven track record of success.
High energy level, self-confident and resilient
Excellent written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
Knows how to work within a team environment
Strong planning and organizational skills
Excellent active listening, persuasion and negotiation skills
Can be consistently counted on to follow through, meet commitments and deliver results
Displays initiative; doesn't wait to be told or asked to do something
Bachelor’s degree required with an advanced degree desired
Working knowledge of Raiser's Edge and Reeher software systems
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
Extensive travel required
Some evenings and weekends required, driven by events and donor availability
Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.
About Franciscan University of Steubenville
Work Should Never Be Just Work!It should be a calling, a vocation. Through pursuing a career with Franciscan University, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of a visionary organization in service of the Catholic Church, society, and culture.At Franciscan University you will work for and with the Church, alongside like-minded men and women who share your values and your desire to transform the culture. You’ll be challenged by the work and rewarded by the fruit it bears. You’ll be part of an institution that Francis Cardinal Stafford, former president of the Pontifical Council of the Laity, described as “central to the reform and the renewal of the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council.”Founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Franciscan University is known around the world for its enduring fidelity, vibrant campus culture, and academic excellence.In just under 70 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has emerged as a leader in academically excellent and passionately Catholic education. By integrating faith and reason in the pursuit of truth and right living, the University has grown from a small facility serving local veterans of Wo...rld War II to a beautiful hillside campus and an educational institution recognized nationally and internationally for its programs, faculty, and graduates.Since 2001, the University has been ranked in the elite “first tier” of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report’s guidebook, America’s Top Colleges. Included in every edition of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, Franciscan has also been ranked as a top 100 “best value” in private higher education by Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine since 2011.Numbered among Franciscan’s graduates are bishops and priests, congressmen and pro-life activists, missionaries, catechists, doctors, lawyers, and teachers. They’re leaders in the Church and culture, serving in the vanguard of the New Evangelization, and they’re doing that, in large part, because of the education in faith and reason they received at Franciscan University.