Officer of Major Gifts and Parent Engagement

Officer of Major Gifts and Parent Engagement

Title: Officer of Major Gifts and Parent Engagement

Department: Office of Advancement

Employment Status:  Full-time

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Organizational Relationship:  Reports to the Executive Director of Development


Major Gifts:

  • Prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors, focusing on $10k+ gifts and raise a minimum of $500,000 annually
    Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)
  • An ability to empathize with, and assist donors in an effort to accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a personal relationship with Wagner College, and clearly communicate its mission
  • Design and execute major gifts fundraising strategies for a portfolio of approximately 50-75 prospects and donors
  • Identify and evaluate potential donors from available research and event participation
  • Collaborate with colleagues from academic departments and professional programs on various fundraising proposals
  • Utilize systems and software to track, cultivate, and requalify donors and prospects, including the Raiser’s Edge database and wealth screening tools
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics
  • Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition

Parent Engagement:

  • Develop and execute a parent and family giving engagement plan including events, touchpoints, and a leadership parent gift society.
  • Lead and execute a parent solicitation plan consisting of direct mail, phonathon, email, and other digital efforts including social media, as well as crowdfunding and Giving Day project
  • Work closely with Admissions staff to identify key philanthropic parents of incoming, current and recently graduated students to recruit as ambassadors for Wagner College
  • Energize team members, cultivate and engage prospects and meet annual goals

Nothing in this job description restricts Management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


  • Two to four years’ experience in fundraising desired
  • Strong track record of success securing four and five figure gifts
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required
  • Commitment to higher education and a strong desire to associate with Wagner College and champion its mission
  • Understanding of the College culture and the process for decision-making and program development
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience using the Raiser’s Edge database or a similar platform preferred

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply, please send letters of interest and resume to:

David J. Martin, Esq., Director of College Relations at 

No phone calls please.

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