Director of Major Gifts

Website Marietta College

Contemporary Liberal Arts, Private College

Reporting to the Vice President, the Director of Major Gifts will work in coordination with other members of the major gifts team to support Marietta College’s mission and strategic plan. The Director of Major Gifts will develop a strategy for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewardship of high wealth major gift prospects (qualified at $25,000+) while also soliciting and securing President Circle level and deferred gifts.

The Director will personally manage a portfolio of prospects and donors. Along with the advancement unit, the Director will develop and implement strategies for identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospects throughout the entire donor lifecycle that is congruent with the strategy for the entire donor prospect pipeline and unit mission. The Director will be instrumental in the comprehensive campaign, currently in the silent phase.

This position will manage a portfolio of 120-150 prospects and donors; develop and implement strategies for cultivating and soliciting prospects; spend significant amount of time building relationships (through local, regional, and national travel, as well as video conferencing technology); find unique ways to connect prospects personal passions with the mission of the College; personally steward donors in their portfolio; assist in organizing and implementing special projects; and participate in affinity group development and engagement events. This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement.


Bachelor’s degree
Minimum of three to five years of successful, face-to-face relationship building experience
Prefer, but not required, experience in higher education or direct sales
Experience with and ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally
Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive according to the College’s liability insurance provider

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