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Major Gifts Officer and Manager of Identity-Focused Philanthropy

Davidson College
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 13, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Major Gifts Officer and Manager of Identity-Focused Philanthropy

Office of Major Gifts


Davidson College, located approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte near scenic Lake Norman, is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college seeks an engaging and motivated individual to join its dynamic major gifts team.


The Major Gift Officer and Manager of Identity-Focused Philanthropy will cultivate and steward philanthropic support from high-net-worth individuals while also spearheading identity-based fundraising initiatives, with a particular focus on the college's women's philanthropy initiative.  Candidates should possess a track record of successful relationship management and a demonstrated ability to close significant and complex philanthropic commitments


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage a regionally-based portfolio of approximately 60 households capable of gifts ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 in support of Davidson College's strategic priorities.
  • Conduct a minimum of 80 personal visits annually with major gift prospects. 
  • Allocate approximately 50% of time to managing identity-based fundraising efforts.
  • Establish and meet measurable annual goals for major gift proposal activity.
  • Efficiently manage travel logistics and expenses.
  • Maintain a complete record of all donor interactions using the Blackbaud CRM system.
  • Actively engage in the life of the college through attendance at campus events.
  • Staff College Relations special events on campus and in regional territories on an as needed basis.   


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum three years’ experience in development or closely related field (e.g., sales or marketing)
  • Experience with identity-based fundraising initiatives, particularly women's philanthropy, is highly desirable.
  • Ability to think strategically to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising plans and initiatives
  • Willingness to travel extensively and work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Proven ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Proven organizational skills.


To apply for this position please visit the Davidson website at Interested but unsure about the position? Please apply and give us an opportunity to tell you more, or feel free to connect with the hiring manager, Jeff Prince, on LinkedIn:


At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  To achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

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