Major Gifts Officer (2 positions available)
Bennington, Vermont, United States
Bennington College, a private liberal arts college located in
southwestern Vermont, seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial
Major Gifts Officer
. Bennington is in the midst of
an immensely exciting and transformative period in its history and
is experiencing extraordinary growth. Working in partnership with
senior leadership, the Major Gifts Officer will contribute to a
high caliber and developing advancement program that reflects
Bennington's culture, mission, and evolving strategic plan.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, this
highly organized, frontline fundraising professional will focus on
the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors with gift
capacities of $50,000 to $1 million over multiple years. The Major
Gifts Officer designs and executes cultivation and solicitation
strategies that move assigned prospects through the gift cycle and
works in collaboration with alumni, parents, Board members and
select family foundations.
- Manage a prospect portfolio consisting of approximately 100
alumni, parents and friends. Create and execute individualized
engagement and solicitation strategies for each donor, tailored to
donor interests and institutional priorities. Build and maintain
strong personal/professional relationships with alumni, parents and
friends of the College.
- Maintain a visit/travel schedule both locally and nationally to
develop, engage and enhance relationships with donor prospects,
resulting in support for College fundraising priorities.
- Work closely with other Major Gifts Officers, the Institutional
Advancement team, and College partners to plan and staff on and off
campus donor cultivation and stewardship events. This includes
planning donor cultivation events on campus and throughout the US
and internationally (on occasion).
- Work with senior leadership and faculty across the College on
behalf of the Office of Institutional Advancement, this includes:
following up on prospect interests; serving as the lead for joint
travel with the President, Deans, and Faculty; and, managing
- Maintain current knowledge of Bennington College academic and
other programs through collaboration with key internal faculty,
staff, and administrators and articulate effectively to potential
- Manage and write required correspondence and proposals as
needed. Ensure all information is tracked in Raiser's Edge.
- May assist with staff oversight including supervision,
coaching, development of internal talent.
The successful candidate must be a dynamic and highly organized
fundraiser who has a passion for liberal arts education and
demonstrated success with major gift fundraising. Candidates must
enjoy engaging with donors of all levels - authenticity and genuine
care for donors, families and friends of the College is critically
important; outstanding communication skills are essential.
Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members
of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and
disability communities as well as diverse gender identities,
socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our
staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds
and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and
responsive to these differences in the service of building
community that promotes student and employee success. Each
individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for
upholding these values. The College's approach to pluralism and
inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize
flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value,
power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas
of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest,
backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.
- Bachelor's degree required and a minimum of five years of
progressively responsible/increased fundraising experience.
- Demonstrated success in the cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of leadership gifts prospects is required. Demonstrated
success and ability to identify/cultivate/solicit/steward prospects
with the potential to give at the $50K+ level.
- Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
Planning, organizational, problem-solving, and time management
- Comfort in dealing with a wide range of College
- Ability to apply good judgment; tact and discretion is required
to deal with highly confidential information.
- Proficiency using Google Suite required. Experience with MS
Office, databases/spreadsheets desired. Experience using donor
database software preferably Raiser's Edge.
- Ability to complete tasks independently as well as work well
within a team of highly motivated individuals required.
- Ability to travel as needed to manage a prospect
The position requires significant travel (50%+) and includes some
evening and weekend work. Bennington College requires the
successful completion and acceptable results of a background check
and compliance with College COVID policies.
Bennington College is a distinguished residential liberal arts
college that has, since its founding in 1932, been a laboratory for
new ideas and an intellectual home to countless artists, activists,
and thinkers who have shaped contemporary culture. The college was
the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal
arts education, and it is the only college to require that its
students spend a term—every year—at work in the world. Today,
Bennington is home to a community that is engaged with some of the
most critical issues facing our country and the world. Bennington's
students work intensively with faculty and staff to forge
individualized and hands-on educational paths around their driving
questions and interests, and also devote themselves to a number of
community outreach efforts, often tied to the endeavors they are
pursuing in their coursework.
Bennington is investing in choices that support a radical future
for the college: to educate the whole person, tell the stories that
matter to the world now, and create innovative partnerships for
social impact, on campus and in the larger community and beyond.
Funders have embraced this vision: the College has recently
received generous support from alumni, including one of the largest
donations in its history, as well as support from The Ford
Foundation, Endeavor Foundation, and several others to support
programs in sustainability, mental health, social justice, and
storytelling, and is also poised to double its endowment in the
next five years.
To apply, please visit http://bennington.hire.trakstar.com/jobs/fk025iz/