Faculty and Staff Positions

Gift Officer

The Gift Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospective donors for gifts up to $10,000 in support of Lee University’s fundraising initiatives. This position also manages an active portfolio of at least 100+ prospects and works closely with the Vice President for University Relations to strengthen relationships and increase philanthropic support for Lee.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages portfolio of approximately 100+ prospects and donors with specific goals and benchmarks intended to secure gifts up to $10,000.
  • Identifies, strategically cultivates, solicits, and steward donors with this philanthropic capacity.
  • Develops and executes prospect management plans and solicitation strategies; conducts outreach, schedules appointments, and communicates results and appropriate assessments; and drafts proposals and engages in ongoing cultivation of and correspondence with potential donors to Lee University.
  • Executes assigned Digital Solicitation strategies to secure Annual Alumni Fund commitments from assigned prospects.
  • Meets and exceeds goals for monthly visits, solicitations and commitments, and effectively manages a large group of prospects.
  • Documents fundraising progress through call reports, cultivation strategy updates, and other communication materials as necessary.
  • Promotes university priorities to constituents. Serves as frontline staff to advance campaign goals and objectives.
  • Maintains current knowledge of university-wide institutional priorities.
  • Assists with and participates in all University Advancement functions and campaign events as necessary.
  • Participates in frequent regional travel.
  • Monitors travel budget and expenditures.
  • Represents the University in various institutional divisions as well as the general public and local community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents in a diverse community.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills in prioritizing workflow and managing resources.
  • Ability to manage and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound judgment and discretion.
  • Detail-oriented in coordinating activities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google apps, and other relevant software.
  • Ability to research, collect, and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of the University policies and procedures, or ability to acquire knowledge in a short period.
  • Ability to be a team player and willingness to take initiative.
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally as necessary, approximately 50% of the time.
  • Ability to meet requirements of the University's automobile insurance.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Previous experience working in higher education or not-for-profit environment.
  • Previous experience in direct fundraising or direct sales.
  • Possesses an understanding of the donor cycle.
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of Lee University.
  • Previous experience with frequent travel.

Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for own work; meets goals for monthly visits, solicitations and commitments.
  • Responsible for monitoring travel and entertainment budget.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to Amber Morris, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for University Relations at amorris@leeuniversity.edu.