Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts
February 2, 2018
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Full Time - Experienced
Associate Vice Presidentfor Major and Planned Gifts
at Claflin University in South Carolina
Claflin University, a four-year, independent, residential institution, seeks a proven fundraising professional to serve as the Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, this officer is responsible for developing and implementing an aggressive program that will identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts to benefit the University.
The Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts plays a key role in securing substantial financial resources and gifts that enable Claflin to accomplish its mission and achieve its strategic goals. This senior development officer is responsible for managing the major gift program and ensuring its operations successfully benefit the University.
Serves as a leader in securing major gifts and is responsible for planning and implementing major gifts fundraising activities
Manages major gifts programs and involved in all aspects of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts prospects
Develops both long- and short-range operational action plans to strengthen and grow the major gifts program
Works closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement and Stewardship to plan targeted outreach activities aimed at increasing the donor pool and cultivating/stewarding existing prospects
Works closely with other division directors (Annual Fund/Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement and Stewardship, Foundations and Corporate Relations) in planning innovative outreach activities aimed at strengthening the donor pool and cultivating/stewarding existing prospects
Develops an aggressive planned giving program aimed at securing gifts from alumni and friends of the University through wills, estate planning, life insurance programs, stock, and various forms of trusts
Works closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in responding to strategic institutional priorities by planning, setting, and monitoring annual goals aimed at supporting those priorities
Provides staff support for Advancement staff members who are active in fundraising
Trains and oversees interaction with volunteers
Directs all phases of fundraising effort for major prospects/donors
Serves as a leader in planning and conducting fundraising rating meetings and seminars
Plans and implements strategies for identification, timely solicitation, and stewardship of prospects
Cultivates, solicits, and stewards prospects through personal visits and written and oral communications
Candidate must have a master’s degree and at least five years of demonstratively successful experience in fundraising in an organization with a viable and comprehensive major gifts development program. At least five years of experience in major gifts is highly desired.
Other requirements include:
Demonstrated managerial and administrative experience in major gifts
A high energy level with an imaginative and entrepreneurial approach to fundraising
An aptitude for staff development
A track record of being a team player
Proven interpersonal, oral, and written communications and organizational skills
A good working knowledge of computerized systems
The ability and willingness to travel extensively, both weekdays and weekends
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is the oldest historically black institution of higher education in South Carolina. The independent, four-year, liberal arts university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is recognized as one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation.
Claflin is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges in Washington Monthly, Forbes.com, and U.S. News & World Report.
With an enrollment of 2,000 students, Claflin has a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Nearly 83 percent of the University’s 117 full-time faculty members hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.
Claflin’s 12 academic departments are housed in four academic schools: School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students can pursue 36 undergraduate majors.
The University also offers three dual-degree programs:
Engineering (3+2 with Clemson University)
Engineering Technology (3+2 with South Carolina State University)
Biology/Public Health (4 + 1 with the University of South Carolina)
Three graduate programs are available: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Master of Science in Biotechnology.
Claflin is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NCAA (Division II). The University fields nine intercollegiate teams. The men’s sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. Programs for women include basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
Claflin’s historic 46-acre campus is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a city of 15,000 residents. Located 40 miles southeast of Columbia, the capital and largest city of South Carolina, Orangeburg offers the friendliness of a small town with the entertainment, recreational, shopping, and dining activities and offerings of a major city only a short drive away.
Columbia has a diversified and growing economy. Along with the South Carolina state government, the city has major employers in the areas of health care, energy, banking, insurance, transportation, and technology. Additionally, Columbia is home to Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest and most active initial entry training installation.
Claflin University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application and Nomination Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.
To Apply - Applications must include:
a) Letter of interest
c) At least three references with full contact and email information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)