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Senior Major and Planned Giving Officer

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Posting Details

Position Information

St. Catherine University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution, committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. St. Catherine University strongly encourages applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and/or religion. St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for both women and men. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls over 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Position Title Senior Major and Planned Giving Officer
Primary Campus St. Paul
Posting Number 20170065-STAFF

Position Summary Information

Position Responsibilities

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, seeks a full time Senior and Major Planned Giving Officer. As a member of the St. Catherine University Development staff, the Senior and Major Planned Giving Officer is responsible for building relationships and closing planned and major gifts through intentional measures including regular communication and engagement in stewardship events.

Responsibilities include:
• Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward major and planned gifts; solicit planned, major and restricted gifts.
• Conduct face-to-face meetings (15/month average) with donor/prospects to advance their movement in the development cycle; meetings will include identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donor/prospects.
• Manage and develop a prospect portfolio of approximately 120 high potential prospects.
• Create a prospect plan for each assigned prospect, including steps to move the prospect through the development cycle.
• Represent the University positively and articulately with external public and volunteers.
• Work effectively with other members of External Relations, Advancement and Major Gifts Teams.
• Engage in the University community through attendance at and participation in key institutional events.
• Serve as point person for Crescendo web platform and illustrations.
• Other responsibilities as required by department, division or University needs.

Position Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree required.
• 10 years fundraising experience including 5 years major/planned giving fundraising experience; preferred fundraising experience in higher education.
• Demonstrated success in major/planned gift fundraising, including large cash gifts.
• Goal oriented, mission driven; strong written and verbal communication skills are a must.
• Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships. with staff, volunteers, donors and others in the Development and External Relations process.
• Travel, evening, weekend and flexible work schedule as required.
• Ability working with gift planning vehicles and complex assets including gift annuities, CRTs, securities, IRSAs, endowments, insurance and real estate; campaign experience and results preferred.
• Familiarity with St. Catherine University and its mission and vision, history and offered programs is helpful.
• Knowledge of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, regional or national philanthropic communities as well as of the Catholic philanthropic community is beneficial.

Special/Other Requirements Summary

To apply: Please go to the St. Catherine University Employment Site at to apply for this position. Position number is #20170065-Staff. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply as are those who will contribute to a diverse candidate pool. Applicants may also visit the St. Catherine University Human Resources office to submit an electronic application. We are located in Derham Hall, Room 8. Application review begins August 15, 2017 – position open until filled.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
EEO/AA Drug Free Workplace Employer
Tobacco-Free Campuses

Our University is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

Posting Detail Information

Posting Start Date 08/02/2017
Close Date

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your level of education?
    • Some High School
    • High School diploma or GED
    • Associate Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • ABD
    • Doctorate
  2. * Do you have a minimum of 10 years fundraising experience including 5 years of major/planned giving fundraising experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience in working with gift planning vehicles and complex assets including gift annuities, CRTs, securities, IRSAs, endowments, insurance and real estate?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience in cultivating, soliciting and closing planned and major gifts to achieve goals?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please rate your organizational, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
    • Strong
    • Intermediate
    • Moderate
    • Limited
  6. * Are you available to occasionally work evenings and weekends, as well as some travel?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * All applicants that are offered a position with St. Catherine University will be required to have a background check completed. Will you consent to a background check if offered this position with the University?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Can you perform the essential functions of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * How did you hear about this opportunity?
    • St. Catherine University Website
    • St. Catherine University employee referral
    • Newspaper - Star Tribune paper
    • Newspaper - Star Tribune web
    • Community agency
    • Internet
    • Walk-in
    • Newspaper - Pioneer Press paper
    • Newspaper -Pioneer Press web
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Other
  10. * Are you presently legally authorized to work in the United States for any U.S. employer?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Will you now or in the future require an employer to sponsor you for an employment-based visa/status in the U.S. (e.g. H-1B status)?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2