Major Gifts Officer

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Ohio Wesleyan University

Major Gifts Officer


Help Shape the future of OWU:

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus. The current $225 million “Connect Today, Create Tomorrow” comprehensive campaign, the largest in school history, will conclude on June 30, 2021. To date, over $228 million has been raised around the priorities of investing in the faculty, student scholarships and financial aid, the OWU Connection, Capital Improvements and Annual Giving.  The Major Gifts team will play a crucial role in stewarding existing major donors and securing funding for OWU’s strategic priorities after the conclusion of the “Connect Today, Create Tomorrow” campaign.


Job Title Summary:

The University’s Division of Advancement invites individuals who will advance the mission of Ohio Wesleyan by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of alumni, parents, and friends. The University Advancement team prides itself on a results-driven work culture with flexibility in a collaborative environment. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible to identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts of $100,000 and above to support the current Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign, as well as future fundraising endeavors.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of three years of experience soliciting face-to-face major gifts and be able to work collaboratively with multiple departments.  Candidates who live outside of Central Ohio will be considered for remote employment (especially those in the Mid-Atlantic region).


Essential Functions:

Manage and build a portfolio of major gift prospects
Move the prospects through the donor engagement process
Prepare and present major gifts proposals to alumni, parents, and friends with the input and assistance of staff and faculty members
Work closely with colleagues across the campus to set donor strategy with a focus on soliciting and closing major gifts of $100,000 and above
Develop and grow relationships with major gift prospects through phone, email, video call and face-to-face meetings
Once the University deems it is safe to do so, travel to visit prospects in the Mid-Atlantic region, sometimes in conjunction with the OWU President and Vice President of University Advancement
Collaborate with colleagues on key reunion classes, special projects, and the annual fund
Attend meetings, trainings and events on campus as needed
Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Major Gifts

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of three years of development/fundraising/sales experience, preferably in the field of higher education.  Successful experience with personal solicitation of donors and a strong track record of closing major gifts is critical. Other qualifications include: the ability for significant travel and to work occasionally on weekends and evenings, strong computer skills, attention to detail, ability to take initiative, excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and a valid driver’s license.


Completed application packets will include:

Cover Letter with salary requirements,
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
The names, titles, & contact information for three professional references.
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.


Ohio Wesleyan University promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Qualified individuals will not be disadvantaged based on being unemployed.

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