Major Gifts Officer--California

United States Naval Academy Foundation in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted July 5, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the United States Naval Academy Foundation in the search for a Major Gifts Officer—California.

The Major Gifts Officer—California will add specialized strength and capabilities to a strong team committed to building upon the unique qualities and heritage of the U.S. Naval Academy. This position is responsible for soliciting major gifts in support of the United States Naval Academy’s strategic priorities, the Brigade of Midshipmen, and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and Alumni Association. With a strong prospect pool, the major gifts program at the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation is focused on securing new major gift commitments of $100,000 or more.

This new Major Gifts Officer joins the Naval Academy Foundation at a particularly exciting time. The Foundation is deeply immersed in the quiet phase of a $400 million comprehensive campaign, the largest in its history, one designed to have a transformative impact on one of the nation’s premier leadership development institutions and on the young men and women who will become the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps officers. The Major Gifts Officer will play an integral role in securing the resources necessary to pursue the Naval Academy’s strategic objectives, most notably essential priorities in the areas of cyber security, international programs, and ethical leadership. He or she also has the opportunity to contribute to the development of an enduring culture of philanthropy in support of the Academy, particularly on the West Coast, home to one of the largest concentrations of Naval Academy graduates and Navy personnel in the world.

The Major Gifts Officer also has the opportunity to become part of a growing, integrated, collaborative team of advancement professionals who share a deep commitment to the future of the Academy, the naval service, and the nation. In addition, the Major Gifts Officer will help lead the efforts of a dynamic regional volunteer committee of alumni and other friends of the Academy representing a wide range of industries and interests who have pledged both their personal generosity and their time and talents to the success of the campaign.

The United States Naval Academy Foundation supports, promotes, and advances the mission of the Naval Academy by working in conjunction with Academy leadership to identify strategic institutional priorities, and by raising, managing, and disbursing private gift funds that provide a margin of excellence in support of the nation's premier leadership institution. The Foundation's responsibilities in support of the Naval Academy include developing, promoting, and enhancing the programs and facilities of the Naval Academy and its Alumni; soliciting and providing private gifts and grants in support of the Academy's highest priorities within its Centers of Excellence—Leadership & Character, Academic, Athletic, and Admissions; receiving, managing, distributing and investing private contributions exclusively for the benefit of the Brigade of Midshipmen, the Naval Academy and its alumni; and advancing the admission of highly qualified candidates to the Naval Academy by providing scholarship opportunities to enable aspiring young men and women to attend private preparatory schools.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required for this position as is a minimum of three years of successful professional experience in fundraising, business development, marketing, sales or a related position interacting with high net worth individuals and a clearly demonstrated path of professional performance showing increasing responsibility and achievement. Higher education, service academy, and/or military experience is preferred.

This successful candidate must reside in California, with San Francisco and Los Angeles as preferred geographic locations. The successful candidate will work remotely from their residence in California.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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