Director of Major Gifts

Job title: Director of Major Gifts
Organization: Wilmington College
Location: Wilmington, Ohio

Job Description

Wilmington College Office of Advancement is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Major Gifts. This is a full time, exempt level position and reports to the Vice President for College Advancement.

This position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of alumni, parents, and friends of the College capable of making gifts of $10,000 or more and who live in the state of Ohio or Northern Kentucky. Some travel is required.

Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree, masters preferred, plus a minimum of five years of responsible related experience in business, higher education or sales environment. Experience in non-profit philanthropy preferred. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to solicit major gifts and management experience in activities related to major giving programs and have excellent written and communication skills.

Basic Function:
Responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of alumnae, parents, and friends of the College capable of making gifts of $10,000 or more.

Reports to:  VP Advancement

Duties and Responsibilities: (*Indicates non-essential function)

  1. Maintain a schedule of strategic personal contacts with donors and prospective donors through personal visits, telephone calls and written communications to move them through the gift cycle toward a major gift.
  2. Participate in an intentional and systematic approach to constituent relationship building and resource development across functions/areas within the office of college advancement.
  3. Manage and steward scholarship program.
  4. Cultivate, solicit planned gifts.
  5. Develop volunteers, communication, marketing and other materials and mailings to enhance and strengthen comprehensive campaign initiatives, working with appropriate campus personnel and resources.
  6. Participate in development events.
  7. Collaborate with staff on tracking prospective donors.
  8. Participate in a plan of in- and out-of state travel to reach prospects.
  9. Monitor program budget and plan program activities that integrate into the advancement plan.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Related Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred, plus a minimum of five years of responsible related experience, with experience in non-profit/philanthropy preferred.
  2. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to solicit major gifts.
  3. Evidence of management experience in a range of activities related to major giving programs.
  4. Evidence of excellent writing skills and requisite background in fund solicitation.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population and to become an integral part of the college community and the community at large.
  6. Demonstrated organizational ability and ability to plan and implement projects. Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
  7. Ability to lead and work with staff and volunteers to achieve objectives.
  8. Experience in higher education highly desirable.
  9. Willingness to travel.

We are excited that you are considering a career with Wilmington College! Wilmington College is a career-oriented liberal arts institution affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers). Our beautiful main campus is located in southwestern Ohio. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package for full time positions including group medical, dental, vision, life and disability, TIAA-CREF, tuition remission, paid vacation and holidays.

We encourage you to review our website and learn about our history, what we are doing today and how we are preparing for tomorrow. It is an exciting time here at Wilmington College.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed cover letter and resume unless otherwise indicated in the position information below. Please specify position of interest in the letter of application and subject line of email (if submitting electronically). For positions requiring degrees, unofficial transcripts of college work are helpful. Submit materials to the Director of Human Resources, Wilmington College, Pyle Center 1187, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177-2499 or email to or;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjW3dOo8OvjAhXyna0KHZaYAroQp4wCMAJ6BAgLEAE#htidocid=CWi7OyRkEfbDU4wuAAAAAA%3D%3D

Wilmington College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate unlawfully in employment matters on the basis of race, religion, gender, color, ancestry, national origin, age, disability or any other category protected by law. EOE

Wilmington College conducts background investigations including criminal, work history and credential confirmation on all employees as a condition of continued employment. Some positions may require additional motor vehicle record review and drug screening.