Claflin University, a four-year, independent, residential institution, seeks a fundraising professional with experience in major gift solicitation to serve as the Major Gifts Officer. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts in the Division of Institutional Advancement, this officer has a key role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts to benefit the University.
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The Major Gifts Officer plays a key role in securing substantial financial resources and gifts that enable the University to accomplish its mission and achieve its strategic goals. This development officer is responsible for providing administrative support for all major and planned giving efforts at the University by annually managing a portfolio of 125 to 200 major and planned giving prospects. Additionally, this officer assists in the administration and maintenance of all policies and procedures for accepting major and planned gifts.
Other responsibilities include:
- Collaborating closely with the Assistant Vice President of Major and Planned Gifts to design, plan, and implement an aggressive marketing program to identify, cultivate, solicit, and effectively steward major gifts from alumni and friends of the University
- Preparing and presenting proposals and solicitation materials for prospects
- Meeting and working with prospects in both one-on-one and group settings
- Identifying individuals who may be amenable to investing in the University
- Designing and implementing a program to bring selected alumni and friends to the campus and to visit on an annual basis
- Establishing annual goals for identifying new individual prospects
- Establishing a program designed to increase the size of gifts received from alumni and friends and to secure additional gifts from those individuals
- Developing cultivation and solicitation strategies, in cooperation with the Prospect Management Committee, to move donors to higher giving levels through the use of Moves Management strategies
- Developing and implementing a marketing strategy, including workshops, dialogues, and one-on-one meetings
- Planning and implementing an aggressive planned giving program in collaboration with other major gift team members
- Hosting regular seminars focused on financial planning, wealth management, and deferred giving, and managing volunteer leaders as assigned
- Tracking and recording all major gift prospect activities in the Raiser’s Edge database system as outlined by departmental policies and procedures
- Performing all other duties assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement within the scope of the position
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is the oldest historically black institution of higher education in South Carolina. The independent, four-year, liberal arts university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation.
In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Claflin as the 9th best HBCU in the nation, and Washington Monthly named the institution the best liberal arts college in South Carolina.
With an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, Claflin has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Nearly 80 percent of the University’s 117 full-time faculty members hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.
Claflin’s 12 academic departments are housed in four academic schools: School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students can pursue 35 undergraduate majors.
The University also offers three dual-degree programs:
- Engineering (3+2 with Clemson University)
- Engineering Technology (3+2 with South Carolina State University)
- Biology/Public Health (4 + 1 with the University of South Carolina)
Two graduate programs are available: Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Biotechnology.
Claflin is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NCAA (Division II). The University fields nine intercollegiate teams. The men’s sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. Programs for women include basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
Claflin’s historic 46-acre campus is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a city of 15,000 residents. Located 40 miles southeast of Columbia, the capital and largest city of South Carolina, Orangeburg offers the friendliness of a small town with the entertainment, recreational, shopping, and dining activities and offerings of a major city only a short drive away.
Columbia has a diversified and growing economy. Along with the South Carolina state government, the city has major employers in the areas of health care, energy, banking, insurance, transportation, and technology.
Additionally, Columbia is home to Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest and most active initial entry training installation.
Claflin University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applications & Nominations
Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited. Include the name, current position, e-mail address, and phone number of the individual being nominated.
To Apply: Application materials should include a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experience matches the position requirements, a resume, contact information for at least five references, and the answers to the questions at www.myersmcrae.com/skins/userfiles/file/MMQuestions.pdf
Submit application materials to Claflin-MGO@myersmcrae.com
Submit nominations to Claflin-Nominate@myersmcrae.com
Application materials are being reviewed. Search is open until position is filled.
Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting the Claflin University with this search.
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