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Major Gift Officer

Company: Texas State University
Location: San Marcos
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Posting InformationPosting Number2022328Posting/Functional TitleMajor Gift OfficerUniversity Pay Plan TitleMajor Gift OfficerLocationSan MarcosDepartmentVP for University AdvancementRecruitment TypeOpen to AllJob TypeFull-TimeMonthly SalaryCommensurateJob CategoryExemptRequired Qualifications: Applicants must specifically address how they meet these required qualifications to meet the requirements of the position.Experience+ A documented track record of successfully soliciting and managing current and prospective donors at the major gifts level OR experience generating substantial revenue in a goal-oriented for-profit environment. Three (3) to five (5) years of such experience preferred.+ Successful experience in making cold calls as well and developing cultivation strategies to engage new donors.+ Prior experience in a research-rich environment is ideal, with experience in the humanities, museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions preferred.+ Higher education or non-profit fundraising and capital campaign experience preferred. Experience cultivating and closing gifts of $100,000 or more preferred.Skills & Knowledge+ An in-depth understanding of all facets of major gifts fundraising.+ The ability to build consensus within a complex organization such as Texas State University.+ Highly developed relationship management skills grounded in superb communication and effective listening.+ Written communication skills and the ability to prepare proposals, reports, and correspondence.+ Knowledge of how best to utilize/maximize/analyze prospect research.Preferred QualificationsPersonal Characteristics+ A motivated self-starter who takes initiative, anticipates, challenges, and follows through to deliver results.+ A personable and engaging individual with a consistently professional appearance when interacting with internal and external constituents.+ A positive individual possessing high levels of initiative and comfort working with teams or as an independent practitioner.+ Ability to move comfortably in a wide variety of social settings, including among people of substantial influence and wealth, and the ability to forge solid personal relationships.+ An individual who embraces diversity and fosters inclusion in all aspects of life.+ Intuitive, perceptive, and skilled at reading both people and situations as well as flexible and willing to adapt, especially when advancing multiple projects and priorities.+ An individual who balances a sense of urgency in addressing needs with the patience required of a team-oriented environment.Job DescriptionThe Wittliff CollectionsBoasting nine beautiful galleries and other public spaces that span some 15,000 square feet in the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University, The Wittliff Collections are an impactful repository of literary, photographic, film, and musical arts dedicated to preserving and sharing the creative legacy of the Southwest and to fostering the regions Spirit of Place in the wider world.BackgroundFounded in 1986 with gifts to Texas State University by Austin screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff and his wife Sally, the Southwestern Writers Collection preserves and exhibits the literary papers and artifacts of the Southwests leading authors, screenwriters, and songwriters. The first gift consisted of papers from the author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie, including diaries, journals, manuscripts for published and unpublished work, personal correspondence, candid snapshots, and memorabilia. In the years since, the Writers Collection of rare and unique works has grown tremendously through the gifts of hundreds of individual donors, support from the university, and the work of staff members.In 1996, ten years after the founding of the Writers Collection, the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection was also established at Texas State. Devoted to the photographic arts of Mexico and the southwestern United States, this impressive repository of more than 19,000 images consists of the finest holdings of documentary photography and photojournalism by Mexican photographers in the United States and represents the history of the medium from the 19th century to the present.In the fall of 2007, the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection were joined together to form The Wittliff Collections.TodayWhat began thirty-three years ago with the personal papers of author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie has grown to include more than 500 prized collections in Southwestern literature, Southwestern & Mexican photography, and Texas music and film.Among the many treasures are the papers of literary luminaries such as Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, John Graves, Sandra Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Karr, as well as the entireTexas Monthlyarchive and theKing of the Hillcollection.The photographic collection contains iconic images by some of the greatest names in photography, including Graciela Iturbide, Keith Carter, Kate Breakey, Rocky Schenck, and Edward S. Curtis, while the growing Texas Music collection is anchored by names known around the world, including Willie Nelson, Ray Benson, and Jerry Jeff Walker.The Wittliffs touchstone collection is theLonesome DoveProduction Archive, featuring costumes, props, sketches, artifacts, and photographs from the award-winningLonesome Dovetelevision miniseries.In addition to the safekeeping and sharing of the collection, The Wittliff is committed to professional stewardship of and timely access to all materials for scholars and researchers, engaging the public, and educating students. Among many other activities, The Wittliff presents in-house and traveling exhibitions, welcome tours and classes, and hosts lectures, readings, and symposia.Each year, thousands of students, researchers, and visitors engage with The Wittliff Collections treasured holdings, and through them discover how the unique conditions and character of a region that spirit of place shapes its people, their culture, and their creative arts.The OpportunityTexas State University seeks a dynamic Director of Development for The Wittliff Collections. The position is dedicated to expanding community and tradition and increasing awareness and philanthropic contributions to The Wittliff Collections for Texas State University through alumni relations, development, and media relations. Additionally, Directors of Development work with the entire campus and the Division of University Advancement, which encompasses Development, Communications, Advancement Services, and Alumni Relations.Job DutiesReporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Development will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals to generate major gifts to support the mission and programs of The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Based on the universitys main campus in San Marcos, the position requires the incumbent to travel and cultivate donors and potential donors throughout Texas and the country. Work venues include a professional office, social events, presentations and conferences, large and small meetings, and interactions with individuals in a variety of environments. The Director of Development will establish and maintain long- term partnerships and networks of constituencies, thereby creating a donor-focused culture of giving, generating gift income, and increasing the visibility of The Wittliff Collections and Texas State University. Specific responsibilities include:+ Managing a prospect portfolio between 60 to 120 prospects and identifying and qualifying new prospects to be added to the portfolio as needed;+ Moving prospects through the stages of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;+ Conducting face-to-face visits with prospects/donors;+ Establishing new endowments and/or major gifts;+ Developing and presenting proposals to prospects/donors for funding;+ Maintaining a high-quality stewardship process for active prospects and donors. Ensuring that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities;+ Working evenings and weekends as needed.Additional Information to ApplicantsTexas State University has partnered with the executive search firm Pea Search for this position. Please submit applications and nominations through this link:https://penasearch.com/job/director-of-development-the-wittliff-collections/.For additional information, you may view theSearch Profile (https://penasearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/TSU_DOD_Wittliff_SrchProf_FINAL.pdf) .Job Open Date03/11/2022Job Close Date (posting closes at midnight)Open Until FilledYesNormal Work DaysNormal Work Hours Start8:00AMNormal Work Hours End5:00PMPosting NoticesLegal and Required NoticesTexas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE .Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.Why work @ Texas State? Amazing health insurance: various coverage options starting your first day of employment for full-time employees with Texas State paying 100% of the employee premium and 50% for your dependents! Generous paid time off: vacation, holidays, sick days and many more! Excellent work life balance resources: mother and family-friendly resources in addition to a comprehensive FREE wellness program Great training and development opportunities: choose from a variety of classroom and online course offerings, learning resources, certifications, and employee educational support programs. An inclusive Bobcat community: join our many social networks offered on and off-campus Retirement peace of mind: TRS pension, retirement plans and voluntary saving options with generous employer contributionsBy joining the Texas State Bobcat team, youll be a part of one of the most beautiful, diverse, and growing universities in the nation.Quick Linkhttps://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/37930Applicant Document

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