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Major Gifts Officer #498069

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Applicants should demonstrate their written communication skills in a cover letter/letter of interest, which addresses these requirements and how they relate to the applicant.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 20111455
Position Title Major Gifts Officer #498069
Template Title
Position Type Staff
Position Number 498069
Department University Advancement Dept

Position Summary Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

A public Carnegie Doctoral Research University providing world-class educational opportunities to some 15,000 students on its southeast Texas campus, and beyond through its extensive online offerings, Lamar University is conducting an international search for an experienced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented professional to serve as Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The Major Gifts Officer will join the team at an important and dynamic time in the history of Lamar University, with the planning stages of its next comprehensive campaign, aligned with the University’s centennial in 2023, underway. The individual in this position should be passionate about higher education in general and Lamar University’s mission specifically, and should demonstrate professional flexibility, motivation, and an ability to work independently in a variety of interpersonal situations and settings.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of effective identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, preferably in a higher education setting, of donors and prospective donors at the $10,000 level or above. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Advancement, the MGO will work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies, including faculty and volunteers, to devise and implement strategies for building relationships, predominately with individuals, designed to maximize philanthropic support for the University. The individual in this position will serve as the chief development officer for one or more of the University’s colleges and will work close with the dean and faculty of the assigned college(s) to achieve designated fundraising goals. A creative, team-oriented approach to philanthropy with a broad geographic perspective will be an asset for candidates, as the MGO will conduct personal visits with alumni and friends of Lamar University throughout the state of Texas and nationwide.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Responsible for building and managing an assigned portfolio of donors and prospective donors. This includes participation in the identification of prospective donors, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. It includes recommending and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies of individual prospects, working with administration and faculty where appropriate. Some amount of travel and evening and weekend work is required.

2. Represent the Division of University Advancement with internal constituencies as assigned. This consists primarily of assisting deans and other university personnel to navigate through the processes involved with development activities.

3. Maintain knowledge of current tax laws, investments and planned giving opportunities and use this knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation.

4. Maintain knowledge and understanding of best practices in higher education philanthropy and demonstrate an ability to incorporate them into fundraising activities.

5. Write or assist in drafting proposals and other materials; assist with publicity arrangements on significant gifts.

6. Attend and participate at University, Alumni and other appropriate events, both on and off campus, to enhance the friend raising efforts of the University.

Minimum Qualifications


Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience: Must have three to five years of successful experience as a development officer for an educational institution (preferred) or a non-profit organization. In addition, the successful candidate must possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact positively and professionally with both the community at large and the internal campus community.

Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal, relationship-building skills.

Must possess the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects to a successful completion.

Applicants should have the ability to work in a team environment where priorities may conflict and consensus building is critical.

Applicants should be comfortable working in and advocating for a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

EEO Statement

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Preferred Qualifications

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary Commensurate
Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date 11/21/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions

Applicants should demonstrate their written communication skills in a cover letter/letter of interest, which addresses these requirements and how they relate to the applicant.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you claiming Veteran's Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? FAILURE TO EMAIL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS PER THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY IMPACT VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: To claim Veteran's Preference under the law you must be: (1) a veteran, including a veteran with a disability; (2) a surviving spouse of a veteran killed on active duty who has not remarried; or (3) an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty. If claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST immediately email to your specific supporting documentation at the time of application such as the DD Form 214 (member 4 copy), AND, if applicable, the Dept of Veteran's Affairs Verification of Disability Benefits Letter if claiming a service related disability, a DD Form 1300 to include qualifying Death, Birth, and Marriage Certificates if claiming surviving spouse/orphan. Your email MUST also include your name, position number, job title and the department for each position you are applying for. Documents received after a position closes will not be accepted.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed.
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Some College
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PH.D
    • Other Terminal degree
  3. * In what area(s) did you receive your degree(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC) maintains a list of Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas. A copy of this list can be found at: As part of your educational qualifications for this position, are you claiming a degree from any of the institutions listed on the THEBC website referenced above?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How much experience do you have in customer service, working with the public/donors?
    • Extensive (more than 5 years) experience
    • Some (2-4 years) experience
    • Limited (1-2 years) experience
    • Little (less than 1 year) experience
  6. * How many years of experience do you have as a full-time development officer for a non-profit organization or an educational institution?
    • More than five (5) years
    • Less than five (5) years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Unofficial Transcript 2
  3. Miscellaneous