Summary: In University Advancement, we believe in equity, not
just equality. We understand that in order to develop a fully
engaged constituency; individuals must receive equitable treatment
instead of equal treatment. Establishing equality means treating
everyone the same. Equity necessitates transforming our community
to meet the needs, interests and cultural norms of our University
This Job Is For You If You Are Able
The Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) is a driven and collaborative
member of the Regional Development team within University
Advancement. Committed to the mission and vision of Wake Forest
University and University Advancement’s Core Values, the LGO
identifies, qualifies, and solicits prospective donors for Wake
Forest. The LGO manages a prospect portfolio and works closely with
the entire University Development team to strengthen relationships
across all populations to increase philanthropic support for Wake
Forest University. Leadership Gift Officers are given special
opportunities to engage with University Leadership and gain an
understanding of Higher Education and the inner workings of
University Advancement at Wake Forest University.
Candidates desiring a remote location will be considered.
What Skills Do You Need?
- Connect with alumni, parents, and friends via video call, phone
call, locally on occasion, or in-person on campus to identify their
interest in philanthropic engagement with Wake Forest.
- Manage a prospect portfolio of 1,000+ with fundraising goals
- Solicit donors for support of the Wake Forest Fund, Giving
Society membership, and other programs/projects as
- Work collaboratively with all development teams; Leadership
Gift Officers may be asked to focus their work on specific units,
priorities/projects, or regions.
- Document fundraising progress through call reports, cultivation
strategy updates, and other communication materials as
- Work closely with Director of Strategic Development to create
and implement innovative fundraising and stewardship
- Communicate effectively between different departments within
University Advancement and university wide.
- Represent the University in various institutional divisions as
well as the general public and local community.
- Maintain current knowledge of university wide institutional
- Assist with, and participate in, University Advancement
functions and events as necessary.
- Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making
a difference in people’s lives every day.
- Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion.
- Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute
to a mission-driven organization.
Desired Skills and Abilities:
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional development
- Knowledge and a clear understanding of Wake Forest University,
its component schools, and programs.
- Detail-orientation in coordinating activities.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills in
prioritizing workflow and managing resources.
- Ability to manage and maintain confidentiality of sensitive
- Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound judgment and
- Proficiency in Windows, Google Calendar, Microsoft Office (i.e.
Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), the internet, and other
relevant software. Proficiency in the operation of standard office
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to research, collect, and analyze data, compile
information, and prepare reports.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively
with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Knowledge of the University policies and procedures, or ability
to acquire knowledge in a short period of time.
- Leadership Gift Officers will not travel unless needed by
- Ability to be a team player and willingness to take
- Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as
- Ability to travel locally and nationally as necessary.
- Ability to meet requirements of the University's automobile
- Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement
and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a
willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all
aspects of the work.
- Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.
incoming Leadership Gift Officer, you will possess many, though
perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and
- Development/fundraising experience in a non-profit or higher
- Experience in utilizing a fundraising database (ex: Blackbaud,
razor’s edge, Banner)
- Responsible for own work only.
This position profile identifies the key
responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot
encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required
to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related
instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably
assigned by the employee’s supervisor.