Gift Officer

Description of Job

The Gift Officer will participate as a valued member of the Edgewood College Office of Institutional Advancement, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The Gift Officer will manage a portfolio of qualified annual fund prospects, encouraging continued and enhanced annual giving, reengaging benefactors, and acquiring new benefactors, including alumni, parents, and friends of the College. Travel and occasional weekend and evening activities will be necessary to achieve outreach and visit objectives with prospects and benefactors. 


  • Meet explicit performance objectives around personal outreach, visits, and solicitations.
    • Continuously manage and refine an annual giving benefactor portfolio.
    • Establish gift targets, matching prospect interests, and plan annual gift development strategies at the $1,000 level and higher.
    • Plan and implement annual gift cultivation and solicitation strategies with benefactors.  This includes (but is not limited to) securing appointments, creating correspondence and proposals, and initiating effective follow-up communication with benefactors.
    • Provide timely, written reports regarding the outcome of cultivation and solicitation actions in the form of contact reports, moves management, and revisions within Raisers Edge database.
    • Participate in the prospect tracking and management process in alignment with established procedures, including participation in strategy meetings. 
  • Collaborate with the Advancement Staff on special projects and ensure benefactors are appropriately engaged, solicited, and stewarded.
  • Represent the college at public functions and events, including social and professional gatherings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Baccalaureate degree required.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in annual fundraising and/or similar non-profit development or constituent outreach programs. Other experience, including sales and customer service, deemed equivalent and relevant by the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • This position requires driving a College vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the College; therefore, the candidate must possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • A career history of commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while giving appropriate attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to interact with varied constituencies in a professional manner.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as with staff and volunteers.

Required Technical Skills

  • Experience and proficiency with computer and development software (Raisers Edge NXT) preferred.

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources - GIOF
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer