Leadership Gifts Officer

Middlebury College
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About the Job

Leadership Gifts Officer


Middlebury College


The Leadership Gifts Officer is a member of the Leadership Gifts team who increases Middlebury’s fundraising capacity through the successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a prescribed donor pool of constituents with an estimated gift capacity of $100,000 – $5,000,000. The Leadership Gifts Officer serves as a regional point-person for the implementation of engagement and pipeline development strategies.


This is a full-time, benefits eligible, salaried position with a hiring range of $70,000 – $87,600 annually.


Core Responsibilities:


Maintain oversight of a pool of Leadership Gifts prospects with estimated gift capacity of $100,000 – $5,000,000, which entails the assessment, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of these individuals.

Build and advance strong personal and professional relationships with alumni, parents, and friends of Middlebury that result in philanthropic contributions; serve as a resource, advocate, and spokesperson for development programs at Middlebury.

Develop comprehensive engagement strategies for regional fundraising related to their assigned prospect pool.

Work independently and creatively to match donor interests with college priorities, and develop funding proposals with the ability to negotiate and structure complex gifts.

Prepare briefings, stewardship plans, letters, and other correspondence for prospects, collaborating with Advancement colleagues and other Middlebury staff.

Work closely with fellow members of the Leadership Gifts team, as well as members of Principal Gifts, Gift Planning, Parent Giving, Annual Giving, Research, Stewardship, and Grants and Sponsored Programs in strategizing, engagement, proposal development, gift solicitation, and stewardship of constituents.

Solicit an annual gift from each assigned prospect, either through a personal visit, collaboration with a volunteer, or through Annual Giving programs.

Collaborate with Alumni and Parent Programs, and Donor Relations teams to provide regional leadership for pipeline development and engagement in assigned territory.




Position Prerequisites


  • Bachelor’s degree required, masters or post graduate degree or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of fundraising experience. Track record of securing five or six-figure gifts over multiple years.
  • Knowledge of institutional advancement and advanced fundraising techniques, including planned giving.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively and successfully with colleagues, prospects/donors, faculty, administrators, and volunteers to achieve common goals.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to translate internal information to an external audience both verbally and in writing.
  • Willingness, and ability, to travel extensively.


Physical Demands and Working Conditions


Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards.




Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.




As an employee of Middlebury College, you will enjoy being part of a vibrant supportive community. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and competitive health, dental, life, disability, generous retirement matching, and vision benefits, Middlebury offers a generous time-away program – up to 34 days per year during the first two years of service, increasing as the term of service lengthens. Middlebury employees are eligible for robust educational assistance programs as well as free or reduced rates for cultural events and use of sporting facilities (including the College’s golf course and Nordic and alpine ski area). The result is a very high quality-of-life in a gorgeous setting. Middlebury Colleges offers its employees excellent compensation and other perks of employment including:


  • MiddCard Privileges: access to athletic facilities, discounts at the College store, library privileges, and discounts at cultural and sporting events. In addition, the card allows door access to certain campus buildings. Spouses or domestic partners of benefits-eligible employees are eligible to receive a Spouse/Partner card with the same privileges as the employee card (except door access).
  • Discounts on season passes at Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and the Rikert Ski Touring Center.
  • Access to our Partner Inclusion Program that provides comprehensive support services to the spouses and partners of Middlebury employees.


Apply at https://apptrkr.com/4680085.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Middlebury College is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, the College recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury College encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. The College also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Wage or Salary
$70,000 - $87,600