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Major Gifts Officer
Western Connecticut State University

Date Posted Jun. 26, 2018
Title Major Gifts Officer
University Western Connecticut State University
Department Institutional Advancement
Application Deadline Jul. 16, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Danbury, CT
    United States
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Development/Institutional Advancement

Western Connecticut State University
Institutional Advancement
Major Gifts Officer

Western Connecticut State University is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for a Major Gifts Officer.

If you love fundraising and making a difference, then this is the position for you. Western Connecticut State University’s (WCSU) Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for the development of significant outreach and acquisition strategies and successfully utilize them to cultivate donors and obtain major gifts. The Major Gifts Officer will become part of a dedicated team which is focused on developing and executing fundraising plans that continue to grow our community of donors and increase support for the university.

WCSU is an affordable, mid-sized public university that continues to be a stand-out among Connecticut universities, especially given its Fairfield County location and proximity to New York City. WCSU features an excellent faculty and facilities, a diverse community, small classes and a broad array of rigorous academic programs. WCSU’s enrollment includes more than 5,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who benefit from its student-centered environment. WCSU changes lives by providing all students with a high quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society.


  • Build WCSU’s major gifts program by identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts, including but not limited to specific initiatives, unrestricted funds, and growth of the endowment.
  • Develop measurable goals and implement new strategies that will secure major gift donations and pledges.
  • Identify potential major gift donors and build the WCSU donor pipeline using prospect research.
  • Conceptualize and create fund raising proposals for presentation to individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Manages all logistical details and arrangements for personal meetings and/or academic or other WCSU program visits with major gift donors and prospects.
  • Ensures and monitors accurate and timely recording, reconciliation and acknowledgement of major gifts and pledges.
  • Prepares regular status reports and ongoing updates on progress versus objectives
  • Monitors and evaluates the status and effectiveness of major gift supported programs/projects and prepares necessary reporting for donor stewardship.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all aspects of WCSU to ensure effective and accurate communication with current and potential donors.
  • Assists with and participates in WCSU Foundation, Institutional Advancement and University events.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field; five (5) years of development experience, with at least three (3) years of major gifts fundraising experience; thorough understanding of all approaches and techniques used in the development process, including prospect identification and research, relationship building, solicitation and stewardship; proven track record of closing major gifts; excellent verbal and written communication skills, and must be technologically proficient.

WCSU is committed to enhancing our diverse university community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.

Salary & Benefits: The salary range is $70,745 – $110,037 and is commensurate upon candidates’ experience. WCSU offers a comprehensive benefits package. Additional information on benefits can be found at

Application Process: Prospective candidates must submit a cover letter, which includes the names and contact information for three (3) professional references and a resume. Email your application materials as one (1) complete file (PDF or Word format only) and not via multiple attachments to: Ms. Peggy Boyle, Assistant Director of Human Resources – Recruitment. In subject line of email reference: Your Last Name – Major Gifts Officer

Application Deadline: Application materials should be submitted to and must be received by Monday, July 16, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

State and Federal requirements expect that organizations with 100 or more employees invite applicants to self-identify gender and race. We kindly request all applicants to complete the Affirmative Action Data Questionnaire and to please return the completed form to Ms. Keisha Stokes in the WCSU Office of Diversity and Equity at Completion of this data will not affect your opportunity for employment, or terms or conditions of employment. This form will be used for reporting purposes only and will be kept separate from all search records and only accessed by the Office of Diversity and Equity. The Affirmative Action Data Questionnaire, can be found on the following link:

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