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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 10:29 PM

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Major Gifts Officer #498069
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University Advancement Dept
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Job Summary/Basic Function
A public Carnegie Doctoral Research University providing world-class educational opportunities to some 15,000 students on its southeast Texas campus, and beyond through its extensive online offerings, Lamar University is conducting an international search for an experienced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented professional to serve as Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The Major Gifts Officer will join the team at an important and dynamic time in the history of Lamar University, with the planning stages of its next comprehensive campaign, aligned with the University s centennial in 2023, underway. The individual in this position should be passionate about higher education in general and Lamar University s mission specifically, and should demonstrate professional flexibility, motivation, and an ability to work independently in a variety of interpersonal situations and settings.
The successful candidate will have a strong track record of effective identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, preferably in a higher education setting, of donors and prospective donors at the $10,000 level or above. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Advancement, the MGO will work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies, including faculty and volunteers, to devise and implement strategies for building relationships, predominately with individuals, designed to maximize philanthropic support for the University. The individual in this position will serve as the chief development officer for one or more of the University s colleges and will work close with the dean and faculty of the assigned college(s) to achieve designated fundraising goals. A creative, team-oriented approach to philanthropy with a broad geographic perspective will be an asset for candidates, as the MGO will conduct personal visits with alumni and friends of Lamar University throughout the state of Texas and nationwide.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Responsible for building and managing an assigned portfolio of donors and prospective donors. This includes participation in the identification of prospective donors, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. It includes recommending and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies of individual prospects, working with administration and faculty where appropriate. Some amount of travel and evening and weekend work is required.
2. Represent the Division of University Advancement with internal constituencies as assigned. This consists primarily of assisting deans and other university personnel to navigate through the processes involved with development activities.
3. Maintain knowledge of current tax laws, investments and planned giving opportunities and use this knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation.
4. Maintain knowledge and understanding of best practices in higher education philanthropy and demonstrate an ability to incorporate them into fundraising activities.
5. Write or assist in drafting proposals and other materials; assist with publicity arrangements on significant gifts.
6. Attend and participate at University, Alumni and other appropriate events, both on and off campus, to enhance the friend raising efforts of the University.
Minimum Qualifications
Education: Bachelor s degree required.
Experience: Must have three to five years of successful experience as a development officer for an educational institution (preferred) or a non-profit organization. In addition, the successful candidate must possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact positively and professionally with both the community at large and the internal campus community.
Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal, relationship-building skills.
Must possess the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects to a successful completion.
Applicants should have the ability to work in a team environment where priorities may conflict and consensus building is critical.
Applicants should be comfortable working in and advocating for a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
EEO Statement
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Preferred Qualifications
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
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Open Until Filled
Special Instructions
Applicants should demonstrate their written communication skills in a cover letter/letter of interest, which addresses these requirements and how they relate to the applicant.


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