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Long Classification Title CAMPUS MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
Location Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Department PSU Advancement Services     [PCAD0X]
Summary of Position

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for managing relationships and securing support from individual, corporate, and foundation donors who are capable of making gifts of $25,000 and above. A member of the University Advancement team, the Major Gifts Officer works collaboratively to develop strategies to further the engagement of all alumni, parents, donors, and friends of the University with the intent of inspiring their philanthropic support. S/He is integral to the development team’s efforts to identify prospective major gift donors, executing plans to qualify, contact, and cultivate donors, and then to successfully solicit their financial support. This position is a critical hire as the division prepares for significant fundraising to support the President’s vision for integrated clusters.

Additional Job Information

Telecommuting will be considered for the right candidate in regions including Plymouth, Boston, Hartford, New York City, or Washington, DC. Travel to the Plymouth campus required for telecommuters.

Review of applications will begin on July 17, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.
Please provide contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience will be requested in the PSU application.

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0499FY17
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 5-7 years
Other minimum qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five years of experience in fundraising.
  • An understanding of and commitment to public higher education.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in building and sustaining individual professional relationships.
  • Travel up to 50 percent of the time and to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional experience in major gifts fundraising.
  • Understanding of planned giving vehicles and their application.
  • Demonstrated professional competence with faculty, staff, and administrators at all organizational levels.
  • Experience in presentations to groups.
  • Familiarity with Plymouth State University and/or other public higher education institution/s in New Hampshire.
  • Advanced degree.
Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.0
Grade 26
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

We are transforming our campus to create a first-of-its-kind university organized around integrated clusters. Our goal is to provide an interdisciplinary and innovative learning environment. Students, faculty, staff, and community will connect to solve real-world challenges that will benefit people and organizations at all levels.
Our students will work in teams with faculty and partners within seven integrated clusters:
1. Exploration and Discovery
2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
3. Arts and Technologies
4. Health and Human Enrichment
5. Justice and Security
6. Education, Democracy and Social Change
7. Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Development

Our integrated cluster learning model creates an educational experience that will be second to none and strengthens our legacy of interdisciplinary study and experiential learning.
Now is an exciting time to join Plymouth State and help shape our new kind of university and ultimately tomorrow’s leaders.

Posting Details

Posting Date 06/28/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? Yes
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date

Commitment to public higher education.
Dedication to promoting the University’s fundraising priorities by developing quality working relationships with donors, prospective donors, faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees and other volunteers, and staff.
Interpersonal skills that result in understanding the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop authentic relationships between them and the University.
Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Ability to initiate implement, and evaluate strategic fundraising plans.
Ability to work independently while also working as a member of the University Advancement team.
Unquestionable integrity. Commitment to honesty and transparency in fundraising. Ability to keep confidences.

DOT Safety Information Other - Valid Driver's License

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Manage a personal portfolio of 150-175 prospective donors and donors including individuals, corporations, and foundations through a system of moves management tracked on Raiser’s Edge software. Meet or exceed established targets on monthly metrics that include number of visits, number of qualifications, number of solicitations and number of gifts closed. Write and edit major gift proposals to solicit funds for University’s strategic priorities.

Represent the University’s vision/mission/goals and its strategic fundraising priorities to University constituents (individuals and groups) in a professional and motivational manner. Describe and promote the University’s new integrated cluster approach to cross-disciplinary education and its impact on our graduates, the region, and the world. Persuasively articulate the case for support to motivate individuals toward gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more.

Serve as primary staff for an assigned fundraising project or priority. Develop in-depth knowledge of the priority; identify and prepare its spokespeople, and strategize on its case and other marketing efforts with the Director of Marketing Communications. Track progress toward the project or priority goal and all prospective donor work related to the priority.

Collaborate closely with Vice President, Deans, and high-level volunteers in their work with major gift prospective donors and donors.

Collaborate as a member of the University Advancement team to further the division’s purpose and goals including event staffing, volunteer management, alumni engagement, donor relations, and marketing and communications.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how you think this position supports higher education students.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you hold a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents