Washington College is seeking qualified applicants for an Athletics Gift Officer. The Athletics Gift Officer is a member of the major gifts team and will coordinate and drive all fundraising for athletics. He/she will build and manage a portfolio of athletics donors, prospects, and discovery leads, traveling approximately 4-6 days per month in the first year, with additional travel in subsequent years as the portfolio is strengthened. The position will work collaboratively with advancement and athletic department colleagues. The Gift Officer must be able to work outside normal business hours and be on campus for athletic and fundraising events.Essential Functions and Responsibilities:Collaborate with Annual Giving, Major and Planned Giving, Advancement Research, Advancement Services, and Donor Relations to identify, cultivate, solicit (including multi-year pledges) and steward all athletic donorsCollaborate with Annual Giving and Phonathon partners for all athletics-oriented direct mail, electronic, and phone solicitationsStrategize with the Associate Vice President of Development and Strategic Engagement and the Director of Athletics on long-range planning and special projectsDevelop and oversee the execution of annual operating plan that cultivates, solicits, and stewards a prospect portfolio of approximately 75 alumni and parents based on athletic affinityTravel and make a monthly average of 8-12 visitsSolicit athletic affinity prospects for both Athletics and The Washington FundAttend select home and away sporting events to engage and cultivate assigned prospectsCollaborate with the Parent Relation Coordinator to further develop fundraising strategies for parents of current and former athletesEngage, educate and work with team parent clubs to solicit parent donorsEngage athletic director and coaches in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors when appropriateAssist in the training of varsity athletic coaches to understand the annual and capital fundraising initiatives for the College’s athletics programWork to increase student athlete education and engagementEvaluate and benchmark athletic fundraisingServe as the College Advancement division’s liaison to the Athletic DepartmentWork with Athletic Director and coaches to identify athletic fundraising prioritiesServe on Hall of Fame Honors selection committee
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor’s degree is required. Two-three years of development and/or sales experience, preferably in higher education or athletic fundraising, highly desired. Experience in face-to-face solicitation a plus. Commitment to the liberal arts and college athletics is required. Must have knowledge of fundraising practices and procedures; familiarity with intercollegiate athletics, and various computer software applications. Must communicate exceptionally well verbally and in writing; successfully develop relationships with prospects and solicit gifts and commitments; operate in an organized, but creative manner; travel; successfully meet deadlines; work as a team leader and member; be goal and achievement oriented; operate with enthusiasm and integrity; and supervise student employees/volunteers. Driving is an essential function of this position; therefore a valid driver’s license is required. Must have a driving record that meets the College’s guidelines for insurability.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal at https://highereddecisions.com/wcm/current_vacancies.asp. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.
Washington College is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who will support the College’s mission to challenge and inspire students to discover lives of purpose and passion. Washington College ranks among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is composed of a diverse student body of 1,450 undergraduates from 33 states and 22 nations. The student-...to-faculty ratio is 12-1 and of our 98 full-time faculty members, 94% hold a Ph.D. or equivalent. Faculty and students are supported by a staff of roughly 500 employees.Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation. An intellectual and cultural hub now in its third century, Washington College holds a significant place in the history of American higher education. The 120-acre campus is located in Chestertown, Maryland a residential community with a population of just over 5,000. Chestertown is less than 90 minutes from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.