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Institutional Advancement - Major Gifts Officer job

Cincinnati StateCincinnati, OH
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Company Description

Cincinnati State can trace its origins to the Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology (CCST), a two-year technical institute for high school graduates that was established by the Cincinnati Board of Education in 1966. The function of the school was to train technicians in a program combining college-level classroom instruction and cooperative work experience. This program operated in a portion of the facility at 3520 Central Parkway, which at the time was also the home to Courter Technical High School and former home to Central High School. In its first year, the college offered only four degree programs.

Job Description

Institutional Advancement - Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for advancing the mission of the College with a primary emphasis on fundraising to increase five, six and seven figure commitments for the College. The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Chief of Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director who coordinates the day-today operations of the Advancement Team to ensure annual fundraising targets are met, and that cultivation and stewardship strategies are implemented.

Essential duties:

  • Maintain a measureable moves management program with donors and prospective donors for annual and multi-year cycles.
  • Participate in major gift and grant solicitation and stewardship efforts.
  • Serve as a key liaison between external annual fund efforts and multi-year comprehensive campaigns launched by College and Foundation, including stewardship of a list of donors with potential of five and six figure gifts.
  • Execute key meetings with internal and external stakeholders to enhance community support of College needs.
  • Manage fundraising groups comprised of volunteers and College stakeholders for major gift solicitation and stewardship.
  • Maintain and consistently reports up-to-date plan of solicitations to meet annual fundraising goals for initiatives and events in collaboration with Advancement Team as established by Foundation and comprehensive campaign leadership.
  • Oversee planned giving efforts, especially with retirees, alumni, and donors
  • Responsible for coordination of logistics related to fundraising centered cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings/events involving major gift growth.
  • Assist in government and community affairs projects leveraging private-public support.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Chief of Institutional Advancement/Foundation Executive Director.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum of four (4) years professional experience in fundraising, development, donor cultivation, grant solicitation.
  • Associate's Degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience using a donor management and/or customer relations management (CRM) software system such as Raiser's Edge, eTapestry, DonorPerfect, etc.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel to other campuses or locations in the region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven record of major gifts won through management of volunteers.
  • Exceptional competency in use of Raiser's Edge donor software.
  • Previous fundraising experience within higher education/community college environment.
  • Experience supporting a comprehensive fundraising campaign and leveraging private and public funding.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or CFRE.

Desired competencies:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the unique role community and technical colleges play in the regional workforce, and the ability to parlay this appreciation into effective cultivation of prospective donors.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to establish priorities and execute plans within specified parameters.
  • Extraordinary attention to details and accuracy.


Reports To: Chief, Institutional Advancement

Minimum Compensation: $75,000.00/yr.

Job Category: Exempt

Contract Affiliation: Non-Bargaining

Status: Fulltime

Excellent Benefits

Candidates selected for full-time positions are eligible for our benefit package that includes excellent medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits with minimal out of pocket payments and contribution rates, sick and personal leave, and immediate accrual of vacation.

Equal Opportunity Employer ~ Committed to Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, as well as its individual academic divisions, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual-orientation, age, physical disabilities, veteran or marital status.


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  • Identify and build relationships with potential donors.
  • Write and send letters of thanks to donors.
  • Secure commitments of participation or donation from individuals or corporate donors.
  • Develop fundraising activity plans that maximize participation or contributions and minimize costs.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and MarketingKnowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal ServiceKnowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English LanguageKnowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Vacation & Paid Time OffDisability InsuranceHealth Insurance
Sick DaysDental Insurance
Life InsuranceVision Insurance

Cincinnati State


College / University


$25M to $50M


6742 Rose Crest AvenueCincinnati, OH, 45243





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