Major Gifts Officer (14451)

American University | Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) of American University Washington College of Law (WCL) will work to solicit philanthropic gifts in support of an upcoming capital campaign; new and existing scholarship programs and efforts; academic centers and programs, and secure planned gifts for WCL. 

Additional Information:

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check. Ability to travel roughly 25% per month (1 week) required for the position. 

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.


The MGO will develop and manage relationships with alumni, family and friends of WCL. This position works directly with the Assistant Dean, the Director of Major Gifts and planned giving staff in American University’s central development office. The incumbent manages a major gifts portfolio of roughly 150 prospective donors. MGO will manage and participate in all aspects of the giving cycle.


Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum Requirements:

Training, and/or Experience Required: 

  • At least three years of experience in development, showing progressive responsibilities, and with demonstrated success in closing major gifts of $25,000-50,000 and above from individuals, corporations, or foundations
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and WCL
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas
  • Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
  • Must be willing to travel
  • Experience managing donor portfolio through all stages of philanthropy 
  • Experience working with mid- to high-level organization administrators    

 Other Skills and Abilities Required: 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills demonstrated by clear, concise, and persuasive writing, public speaking, and private discourse
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment
  • High-level proficiency with MS Office programs including MS Word and MS Excel; capable of handling most letter writing, printing, and mailing
  • Experience with fundraising management systems
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently while managing individual portfolio

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in higher education preferred


$50,000 - $60,000

How to Apply

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