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Major Gift Officer, College of Engineering
Villanova University

Date Posted May 25, 2022
Title Major Gift Officer, College of Engineering
University Villanova University
Villanova, PA, United States
Department University Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Development/Institutional Advancement

Major Gift Officer, College of Engineering

Posting Number: 20212882S
Position Type: Staff
Location: Villanova, PA
Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule: Full-time/12-months
Department: 604 - University Advancement

Position Summary:

Villanova University has reached new heights following the most successful comprehensive capital campaign in its history, raising over $760M and changing the University's culture of philanthropy. The Office of University Advancement is seeking a talented and energetic Major Gift Officer for the College of Engineering to join our highly collaborative, motivated team as we work on behalf of the nation's premier Augustinian Catholic university.

Villanova University is organized in a semi-decentralized model; with College-based development officers supported by central services. The Major Gift Officer assigned to the College of Engineering will represent Villanova University and the College of Engineering. Primary duties include establishing and managing effective relationships with major donor prospects and existing major donors. The Major Gifts Officer under the supervision of the Senior Director of Major Giving, College of Engineering and in conjunction with the Associate Vice President, Major Gifts will plan and implement major gift strategies in support of the priorities of the College using operating/work plans and stewardship plans; identify and qualify potential major donors; design and implement successful cultivation and solicitation strategies. The MGO will solicit prospects and identify and motivate those alumni, faculty, volunteers, and friends who can advance the development function at the College of Engineering. The MGO is expected to conduct 14 prospect visits per month and manage a portfolio of 125 prospects per year. The MGO will assume stewardship responsibilities for assigned prospects in conjunction with the Director of Stewardship. College-based officers are working with individuals with gift capacity of $100,000 or greater.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Identify and manage a portfolio of at least 125 major gift prospects which includes primarily individuals with graduate degrees from the College of Engineering and some corporations and foundations with specific affiliation and/or giving interest to the College of Engineering.
Establish and manage effective relationships with significant prospects and major donors. Will plan and implement major gifts strategies using work plans and stewardship plans; identify and evaluate potential donors; design and implement prospect cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Conduct 14 prospect visits per month and assume stewardship responsibilities for assigned prospects.
Establish collaborative and productive relationships with the administration and faculty of the College of Engineering and become knowledgeable regarding the College's priorities, programs, events, etc. in order to advance the interests of the College of Engineering and more fully engage alumni, parents and friends.
In conjunction with the Senior Director of Major Giving, College of Engineering assist in coordinating development activities including but not limited to the Annual Fund and Planned Giving.
Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
2-4 years' experience in fundraising or sales/business development.
Proven successful experience in individual fund raising or related sales/business development experience required. Experience in dealing with major gift prospects required.
Commitment to higher education and a strong desire to associate with Villanova University and champion its mission required.
Understanding of the University culture and the process for decision making and program development required.
Ability and willingness to travel required.
Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
Comfort level working in a team oriented environment required, but also must be disciplined and result-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's degree preferred.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends required.

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