Major Gift Officer, Arts & Sciences

University of Wyoming Foundation in Wyoming

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 20, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Major Gift Officer (MGO), shall serve as a senior development professional for the UW Foundation with a primary focus on securing major gifts ($25,000 +) in support of the University of Wyoming’s College of Arts and Sciences.   


  • Manage a portfolio of 100 -150 donors and donor prospects
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift ($25,000 +) donors and donor prospects
  • Be willing and able to travel a minimum of 30% of work schedule
  • Develop high trust relationships with donors, donor prospects, UW alumni and friends
  • Participate as a key team member in a centralized development structure and play a critical role in building a collaborative, team-oriented environment among University leadership, faculty and staff.
  • Support the UW College of Arts and Science sin a comprehensive fundraising effort with an emphasis on student, faculty and programmatic support.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between UW Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Meet annual individual fundraising goals in addition to other activity goals – face to face visits, substantive donor contacts, major and planned gift proposals.
  • Work closely with UW Foundation staff, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department Heads, other Deans and Directors, and faculty members in planning/identifying major gift fundraising initiatives and in securing major gifts in support of UW’s mission.
  • Be familiar with and utilize on a daily basis the Vision, Mission, Objectives & Core Values of the UW Foundation in discharging the responsibilities of this position


  • Successful relationship building techniques
  • Donor motivations in relation to philanthropy
  • Mission, vision and values of the University of Wyoming and UW Foundation
  • The University of Wyoming including its structure, colleges and units


  • Align donor interests with UW programs and initiatives
  • Communicate effectively - both orally and in writing – with donors, donor prospects, faculty and UW leadership
  • Function successfully in a collaborative team environment
  • Initiate contact and qualify donor prospects with initial assessment/exploratory meetings and visits, following up with correspondence, phone calls, and additional contacts as appropriate.
  • Plan and conduct visits and other ongoing contact to build and cultivate relationships with donors, friends and alumni, effectively presenting the case for philanthropic support and explaining gift opportunities.
  • Appropriately and proactively steward donors.
  • Artfully ask for the right gift, at the right time, in the right way.
  • Actively participate in campus advisory board meetings and activities.
  • Participate in UW external relations events and activities as appropriate.
  • Oversee designated support staff.
  • Actively participate in the prospect management tracking program to maintain accurate prospect information and ensure appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts.
  • Ability to learn and become knowledgeable of planned giving techniques in order to maximize planned giving opportunities
  • Collaborate with colleagues in discussing prospects, coordinating solicitations and creating materials in support of College/Unit fundraising efforts.


  • Passion for the importance and advancement of higher education; specifically the University of Wyoming
  • Demonstrated strength in relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of education/experience in closely related fields such as marketing, public relations, communication, sales


  • Experience with non-profits
  • Experience within higher education
  • Experience in successfully negotiating and securing major gifts ($25K and larger)
  • Proven communication skills with an ability to write and speak persuasively about the role of philanthropy in higher education
  • Full-time experience in development/philanthropy


  • Must have a valid driver’s license

How To Apply