Major Gifts Officer Job


Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, OH, 30 miles east of Cleveland, invites applications for the full-time position of Major Gifts Officer. The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will assist the Vice President for Advancement (VPA) to develop and implement a plan for major gift fundraising across the country. The MGO will manage a personal portfolio of 150+ prospects as assigned by the VPA and will be responsible for securing gifts of $25,000 or greater.


  • Qualifies, cultivates, and solicits donors with capacity to make a gift of $25,000 or greater.

  • Conducts individual meetings with prospects to gauge affinity, build relationships with the College, solicits major support and steward individual philanthropy.

  • Develops and proposes strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.

  • Develops and implements programs for major and special gifts, process documentation and improvement and progress tracking. Works closely with others to ensure effective coordination of effort with their programs and to reinforce the prospect relationship continuum.

  • Keeps current on programs and faculty/research/student initiatives at the College; networks within the College and the community.

  • Initiates, analyzes, monitors, evaluates and alters strategic advancement plans.

  • Articulates the case for support so that individuals “buy into” the vision/mission/goals of the College and understand, with sufficient effectiveness, to secure gifts.

  • Participates in all fundraising functions and activities.

  • Travels and has the ability to work some evenings and weekends.

  • Other duties as assigned by the vice president for advancement.


  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Three plus years of fundraising experience, preferably in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated fundraising success.

  • Excellent communication and organization skills.

  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with alumni, donors, prospects, faculty, staff, and current students.

  • Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to organize, prioritize, solve problems, and negotiate effectively.


Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references either (1) via email to, (2) online at or (3) to Major Gifts Officer Search, Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., LEC Box 358, Painesville, OH 44077. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. Learn more at EOE

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