Major Gift Officer

The Office of University Development’s primary purpose is one of service and fundraising. These efforts include working closely with the governing boards, alumni, friends, community members, foundations and corporations to increase private giving to the University. Our mission is with passion and integrity we build philanthropic relationships in support of UNC Charlotte.

Overview:
The Major Gift Officer will identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit gifts from alumni and individual friends to forward the fundraising goals and mission of the university. The Major Gift Officer will develop, manage, and execute prospect strategies to increase donor engagement with a focus on raising gifts of $25k+ from individuals. S/he works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development and advancement staff, and other College representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for college-wide priorities.

Responsibilities:
• Manage a portfolio of 125-150 individuals capable of making commitments of $25k+, develop and maintain strategies for them, including working with volunteers
• Work collaboratively and maintain a positive relationship and ongoing communication with Prospect Strategy & Research, Donor Relations and operations
• Lead or assist, as appropriate, the process for the development of briefings, proposals, materials, and presentations needed to coordinate successful cultivation and solicitation of alumni, parents & friends
• Assist in creating a comprehensive strategy and annual operating plans to enhance the University’s visibility and support from the alumni. These include goals, objectives, metrics for success and tactical execution plans that are aligned with University Advancement’s goals and priorities
• Responsible for preparing and submitting all requested fundraising-related reports, statistics, and projections
• Promote University priorities and image to constituents. Serve as front-line staff officer to promote both campus and college goals and objectives. Maintain current knowledge of campus-wide and unit-specific priorities
• Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; and convey sensitivity to the needs of the donors
• Assist in staffing the Chancellor and/or Vice Chancellor for University Advancement as requested, for donor-related activities
• Facilitate special projects assigned by the Senior Director of Development

Education and experience:
• 5 plus years of experience in major gift fundraising
• Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts preferred, with a documented record of productivity.
• Demonstrated sound judgment, integrity, creativity
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, relationship building skills
• Strong work ethic, attention to detail, and the ability to think strategically.
• Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
• Proven history of management of a portfolio of prospects