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Jack Miller Center: Major Gifts Officer


Major Gifts Officer, Jack Miller Center, Philadelphia, PA

Are you passionate about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Fathers?  Are you interested in transforming today’s colleges and universities and ensuring the next generation of students understands America’s founding principles? Are you a skilled fundraiser or customer-focused professional looking to make in immediate impact on higher education?  If so, this opportunity may be for you.

About the Jack Miller Center:

The Jack Miller Center (JMC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professors and programs on college campuses that teach America’s founding principles, history, and documents.  We currently have over 900 professors in our network who teach on over 300 college campuses.  Each year, over 125,000 students take classes with our partner faculty.

Position Description:

The JMC is seeking a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to cultivate, solicit, and retain a portfolio of donors across the United States.

The Major Gifts Officer will report directly to JMC’s Executive Director of Philanthropy as part of a four-person donor development team.  This position requires some travel (up to 35% of your time will be on the road meeting with donors and attending events) and occasional work on weekends and evenings will also be required.

Your primary responsibility will be to secure funds to support the Jack Miller Center’s work by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new major and mid-level donors, and by managing a group of donor accounts.  As a Major Gifts Officer, you will help donors fulfill their passions and interests and make a huge positive impact through their gifts to the JMC.

This position will operate out of JMC’s offices in Bala Cynwyd, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. However, a virtual office arrangement provided the MGO is available to be in-office at least one day a week will be entertained on a case-by-case basis.

Position Duties:

As our new Major Gifts Officer, you will:

  1. Identify, qualify, and manage a caseload of donors interested in higher education and America’s founding principles. While a portion of the Major Gift Officer’s portfolio will be existing donors, this role will be primarily focused on new donor development.
  2. Create plans for engaging and soliciting each donor, and faithfully execute that plan in a timely manner.
  3. Coordinate and participate in donor acquisition opportunities and events, including networking events as well as JMC-sponsored donor events.
  4. Work with the program and communications departments to secure appropriate project information and create offers, proposals, and asks that resonate with donors to secure gifts for the JMC.
  5. Assist the President and Executive Director of Philanthropy in working with the board of directors to identify and cultivate new major donor prospect.
  6. Perform other donor development activities as may be required.

Position Goals and Objectives:

As a Major Gifts Officer, your performance will be measured by:

  1. Ability to identify and qualify new major and mid-level donors with interest in the JMC’s work.
  2. Ability to create and initiate personal contact and make donation requests that take into account a donors’ interests, motivations, giving patters, and preferences.
  3. Ability to successfully solicit gifts and to retain and upgrade assigned donor accounts.
  4. Ability to write effective donor offers, proposals, and asks.
  5. Ability to manage projects and meet deadlines while adhering to the policies of the organization, get along with peers and management, maintain a positive and constructive attitude, and protect the mission, goals, and values of the Jack Miller Center.


The successful candidate will be passionate about America’s founding principles and ideals, will be entrepreneurial, and have the ability to work independently.  The candidate should also have:

  1. A minimum of 4 years’ experience in fundraising or sales, preferably with direct donor or customer interaction.
  2. A four-year undergraduate degree.
  3. A high-level of interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  4. Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  5. The willingness to travel for donor meetings and networking events.
  6. A belief in the mission of the JMC and the ability to articulate that mission to others.


JMC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and life insurance as well as matching 401k retirement plan contributions and a generous paid time-off plan.

The Jack Miller Center is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter detailing your interest in the position/the mission of The Jack Miller Center and your salary requirements.


Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Lauren Skiver, Talent Manager at Talent Market,  who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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