Major Gifts Officer

POSITION #: 8550

DEPARTMENT: University Advancement

POSITION SUMMARY: The University of New Orleans, under dynamic new leadership, seeks to expand our community-based and alumni outreach. With this renewed focus, we seek a highly motivated, self-directed development professional to fill the position of Major Gifts Officer. Working under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solocitation and stewardship of major gift donors and prospects as part of an overall fundraising plan for the University of New Orleans.


50%   Develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive fund development program to cultivate, solicit and steward alumni, donors and prospective donors, from private sources, including individuals, corporations and foundations, in support of the University's strategic plan and fundraising priorities, taking into account the priorities of the five academic units, the graduate school, the library, student affairs, alumni affairs and other unit leaders.

15%   Work closely with the Advancement Services Manager on the identification and research of major gift prospects for the president and each college or unit.

15%   Work closely and strategically with the Director of Alumni Affairs to facilitate planning of approaches to engage alumni and identify annual fund raising projects.

15%   Assist the Director of Development in guiding prospect contact activity of the UNO President and Executive Director of University Advancement, including working with the Deans and other University leadership to maximize fundraising results

5%   Perform other job related duties as assigned



Bachelor's degree. Minimum of five years of demonstrated success and increased responsibility in identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. Demonstrated ability to close gifts of $25,000 or higher.Understanding of and experience in applying concepts of Planned Giving, Major Gifts, Annual Fund and Capital Campaigns. Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, both written and oralFlexibility and willingness to travel to build donor relationships and University awareness

Applied and analytical thinking skills. Management experience using goals and objectives. Demonstrated commitment to a high level of donor/customer service. Strong team concept and experience working in a results-oriented team environment. Professional demeanor. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Excellent oral and written communication skills including report preparation. Solid writing, editing and presentation ability. Proven ability to independently accomplish goals and establish priorities with minimal direction


Master's degree. Project management and training experience. Experience in strategic planning, marketing, donor relations/stewardship and grant writing. Proficiency in use of donor databases and prospect tracking tools, e.g. Raiser's EdgeAbility to respond to multiple demands concurrently. Ability to use social networking for outreach and communication.

SALARY: Commensuratewith experience

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit electronically a letter of interest, current resume and the names and contact information for 3 professional references to Judith Roberson, Director of Development,

DATE POSTED:  June 13, 2013

CLOSING DATE: The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, application materials should be received by June 24, 2013.


The University of New Orleans is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, ethnic minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.