Lewis University

Lewis University

Leadership Gift Officer - Athletics

United States

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Position Title Leadership Gift Officer - Athletics

Position Status Full-Time

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Leadership Gift Officer – Athletics will manage relationships with athletic alumni and donors. The main goals of the Leadership Gift Officer position are tied to fundraising and donor retention specifically for athletes. The Leadership Gift Officer will manage a portfolio of donors and potential donors to increase their philanthropic support to the University through quality engagement and customer service. This position will report to the Executive Director of Development. Roughly 70% of the Officer's time will be spent on portfolio work while 30% will be spent on coordinating alumni engagement and communications activities for athletics between the two departments.


Responsible to model the University Mission through dedicated job performance, service excellence to constituencies, respectful collaboration and active support of the University's Mission and Catholic and Lasallian higher education.

-Responsible for growing a balanced portfolio of donors over time which includes discovering, qualifying, and soliciting prospects at the annual giving levels to reach the President's Circle level ($1,000+) and retaining and/or increasing donors to Leadership Annual Giving levels ($2,500+), and eventually as Major and Planned Gift prospects ($25,000+). -Responsible for managing all aspects of relationship building for constituents in their portfolio. Including engagement, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship -Responsible for meeting with athletic coaches and the Assistant Athletic Director to outline strategic initiatives tied to annual giving and alumni engagement while working with the Director of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Communications to executive strategies. -Using the tools available, develop relationships with alumni, donors, and prospective donors. These tools include phone, video conferencing tools, in- person meeting, social media, and direct mail. -Attends athletic alumni and donor events to engage with donors and prospective donors which include parents. -Provides quality customer service to athletic donors as the liaison for their philanthropic support. -Manages the reporting and goals of athletic fundraising and communications. -Provides oversight of alumni committees as needed to engage potential donors with the university. -Assists with essential Annual Giving functions which help develop a pipeline of donors to Major Gift Officers.

The Leadership Gift Officer will manage his/her individual goals, tracking, and actions . In addition, the Leadership Gift Officer will manage relationships related to overall advancement goals. These relationships include campus partnerships with athletics, parent giving, and other constituent relationships as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

-Bachelor's Degree -Comfortable working in a face-paced environment -Three to five years of growing experience in the field of fundraising (direct solicitation), sales, and/or customer service -Proven ability to reach and exceed assigned goals -Experience working with content management systems (i.e., salesforce, raisers edge, donor management database, etc.) -Competitive/Goal Oriented: This individual must have a proven history of being assigned goals and the desire and discipline to achieve them. The University Advancement team is continuously challenging the status quo and looking for innovative solutions. A competitive spirit in helping the team achieve the next level of success while working towards individually assigned goals is required. -Customer Service/Relationship Management: The desired candidate will have proven history of providing excellent customer service. They will understand how to provide a personalized experience for donors at scale. Managing and developing external relationships through personal engagement. -Philanthropic/Service Oriented: The desired candidate has demonstrated an understanding of how philanthropy impacts non-profits and educational opportunities. Must demonstrate skills required to unapologetically ask for financial support to advance the mission of the University. -Team Player: University Advancement shops are continuously evolving. This position requires working with team members, volunteers, and leaders to achieve desired outcomes. The desired candidate must have a proven history of being a team player and understand their role in relation to the greater vision. The ability to be flexible and use their unique talents in meeting the needs of the team during different stages of development. -Growth Mindset/Strategic Focus: This position requires someone who continuously researches and stays current on the latest trends in the industry for donor engagement and charitable giving, specifically. An individual who takes pride in growing professionally and personally and who wants to have an impact on the institution's growth.

Preferred Qualifications

-Master's Degree or further education in related field. -Three to five years of experience in personally soliciting individuals for philanthropic support at the leadership annual giving level ($2,500+) -Experience working with Raisers Edge, RENXT or Fundraiser Performance Management (Reeher). -Responsible for a portfolio of donors, retaining donors, soliciting donors, and meeting with non-donors to discover and qualify their capacity as a philanthropic partner

Essential Duties Work hours

Full Time

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S01142

Posting Date 03/31/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions Summary

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    Leadership Gift Officer - Athletics


    Lewis University


    United States


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education

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