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Senior Major Gift Officer

Lycoming College
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 30, 2022

Lycoming College is hiring a Senior Major Gift Officer!  This position is responsible for raising financial support for Lycoming College’s educational mission by soliciting individuals and organizations for annual, major, and planned gifts.  The Senior Major Gift Officer manages a portfolio of donors to develop and cultivate relationships with alumni and friends of the College, to encourage leadership annual gifts and to solicit outright major and planned gifts of $25,000 or more.

Who We Are:

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges. Today, our community of 1,200 active learners from 31 states and territories and 15 countries comprises a student body that is 35 percent domestic students of color or international, all of whom work with our renowned scholars to craft customized combinations of market-driven majors, minors and concentrations across our 40+ academic programs. Students compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports, participate in faculty-driven research, thrive in a robust program of internship experiences, and study abroad in more than two dozen countries. Lycoming College has one of the highest endowment-per-student ratios in the country. The institution is a member of the Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges and is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of The 388 Best Colleges. Lycoming College is dedicated to providing a high-quality liberal arts and sciences education for all students. Learn more at

What will I do in this role?

  • Conduct 100+ personal or virtual visits annuals from a portfolio of up to 150 assigned prospects to cultivate their interests in and increase their support of the College.
  • Solicit major and planned gifts of $25,000+ for capital needs, special programs and endowments.
  • Conduct discovery visits with qualified prospects as identified by the Director of Advancement Operations to determine their philanthropic interests and capacities.
  • Spend 75% of time with or working on prospects and generally cultivating increased engagement with alumni and friends of the College.
  • Assist the Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts in the development and maintenance of processes, procedures for documenting planned gift intentions, including membership in the Tower Society.
  • Assist in the development and execution of a marketing strategy to encourage planned giving, including the gift planning newsletters; e-newsletters, a planned giving website, mailings, etc.
  • Assist in implementation and execution of capital campaigns, fundraising strategies, management of volunteers, and special projects.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Proven success in fundraising or similar client relationship-based field of at least three years; preferably in a higher education environment
  • High motivation for success, coupled with diplomacy, tact, and consistent follow through.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, along with a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable of the College’s insurance.
  • Ability to forge strong working relationships with others and a capacity for engaging confidence and trust among prospects and donors
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours in addition to the regular workday.

What We Offer!

Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes:

Health & Wellness Benefits:

  • Health insurance – Lycoming College covers 100% of health insurance premiums for employees and 70% of premiums for eligible family members with a wide variety of health plan options available
  • Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Life & accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Wellness program
  • Employee assistance program

Retirement Benefits:

  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to 9% contributions from the College

Tuition Benefits:

  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at Lycoming College
  • Free tuition for eligible dependents at over 600 colleges nationwide through Tuition Exchange, Inc.
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at the Pennsylvania College of Technology

Paid Leave Benefits:

  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 14 holidays per year
  • Summer hours

Employee Perks:

  • 10% discount at the campus bookstore, excluding textbooks and snacks
  • Reduced rates for meal packages for on-campus dining facilities
  • Use of the campus recreations center and gym facilities for employees and household family members
  • Use of the campus Library

How do I Join the Warrior Team?

Apply directly online by submitting your resume and cover letter along with the names and contact information for three professional references.  Application review will begin immediately and will cease once the position has been filled.   A pre-employment criminal background check and motor vehicle record check will occur.

Lycoming College Proudly Celebrates and Values Diversity!

We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and all who are interested in supporting and contributing to our mission. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.


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