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Senior Advancement Officer (New Position), Waukesha

Carroll University
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 23, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior Advancement Officer (New Position), Waukesha

General Information
  • Job Title:Senior Advancement Officer (New Position)
  • Location:
    • 100 N East Ave
    • Waukesha, WI, 53186
    • United States
  • Employee Type:Administrative Staff
  • Job Category:Advancement, Staff

In this newly created position, the Senior Advancement Officer (SAO) will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for the solicitation of major gifts, including outright and deferred/planned gifts. The SAO will manage a portfolio of at least 150-175 rated prospects that have the capacity and inclination to make a gift of $25,000 or more to support a wide range of university initiatives.

  • Develop a working knowledge of Carroll University in general and funding priorities specifically so as to articulate a compelling case for support to all constituents.
  • Manage a sufficient prospect portfolio of alumni, friends, parents and faculty to generate 10-15 prospect visits per month that will lead to the growth in the number of completed major and planned gift solicitations and major gifts closed. Strategically schedule prospect visits to use time efficiently and effectively with approximately 50% of time spent out of office on visits (some regional and limited national travel).
  • Provide timely stewardship of assigned prospects and donors.
  • Assist the Assistant Vice President of Development in managing prospect and volunteer activities as necessary.
  • Provide staff support for appropriate university officials for the purposes of prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship as needed.
  • Communicate closely with the appropriate staff regarding information pertaining to major and planned gift prospects, including contact reports, proposal generation, planned gift documentation, gift acknowledgements and other data important for the preservation of donor/prospect records.
  • Participate in development activities, such as capital campaigns, events, donor briefings, committee meetings, and volunteer activities, as needed and appropriate.
  • Assist with the successful development and implementation of Institutional Advancement events, including but not limited to, homecoming, reunion, donor functions (luncheons/dinners, etc.) and athletic events, that can be utilized for cultivation and/or stewardship activities for prospects and donors.
  • Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned.


Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of four years of major gift experience, preferably in higher education or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Demonstrated successful track record in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts ($50,000 and above) is preferred
  • Working knowledge of planned and deferred giving vehicles
  • Ability to make “cold calls” via phone for prospect discovery and cultivation
  • Ability to manage stress with multiple competing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude and affect.
  • Knowledge of development data systems

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission of Carroll University.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and aptitude to work with people of different ages and temperaments.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • High energy level, self-motivated, and self-directed to design and complete complex projects.
  • Must also have skills and desire to: multi-task and meet deadlines; be a team player; work collaboratively; understand the principles and techniques relevant to major gift fundraising and; participation in evening and weekend activities as necessary.
  • Demonstration of integrity, positive attitude, diplomacy, tact, courtesy and a sense of humor.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, and Power Point.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to support and advance the University mission.

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