Jack Miller Center: Senior Major Gifts Officer
About the Jack Miller Center
The Jack Miller Center (JMC) is a 501(c)(3) public charity with the mission to reinvigorate education in America’s founding principles and history. We work to advance the teaching and study of America’s history, its political and economic institutions, and the central principles, ideas and issues arising from the American and Western traditions—all of which continue to animate our national life.
We support professors and educators through programs, resources, fellowships and more to help them teach our nation’s students. Each year, over 125,000 students take classes with our 900+ partner faculty.
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Are you passionate about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Fathers? Are you interested in transforming today’s colleges and universities… ensuring that the next generation of students understands America’s founding principles? Are you a skilled major gifts fundraiser looking to make an immediate impact on higher education? If so, this opportunity may be for you.
The JMC is seeking a Senior Major Gifts Officer (SMGO) to cultivate, solicit, and retain a portfolio of donors across the United States, and to work with JMC Board members and senior staff in that work.
The Senior 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 travel (up to 35% of your time will be on the road meeting with donors and attending events). Occasional work on weekends and evenings is also 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 the SMGO, you will help donors fulfill their passions and interests and make a huge positive impact through their support of the JMC.
As our new Senior Major Gifts Officer, you will:
- Identify, qualify, and manage a caseload of donors interested in higher education and America’s founding principles. While a portion of the SMGO’ss portfolio will be devoted to existing donors, this role will be primarily focused on new donor development
- Create plans for engaging and soliciting each donor, and faithfully execute those plans in a timely manner
- Coordinate and participate in donor acquisition opportunities and events, including networking events as well as JMC-sponsored donor events
- Work with the program and communications departments to secure appropriate project information and create offers, proposals, and asking strategies that resonate with donors to secure gifts for the JMC
- Assist the President and Executive Director of Philanthropy in working with the Board of Directors to identify and cultivate new major donor prospects
- Perform other donor development activities as may be required
Position Goals and Objectives
As the Senior Major Gifts Officer, your performance will be measured by:
- Ability to identify and qualify new major and mid-level donors with interest in the JMC’s work
- Ability to create and initiate personal contact and asking strategies that take into account donors’ interests, motivations, giving patterns, and ask preferences, and to do so in a timely and cost-effective manner
- Ability to successfully solicit gifts and to retain and upgrade assigned donor accounts
- Ability to write effective donor offers, proposals, and asking strategies
- 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 will have the ability to work independently. The candidate should also demonstrate:
- A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising or sales, with direct donor or customer interaction (major gifts solicitation experience preferred)
- A four-year undergraduate degree; a graduate degree would be a plus
- A high-level of interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Strong written and verbal communications skills
- The willingness to travel for donor meetings and networking events
- A belief in the mission of the JMC and the ability to articulate that mission to donors
Salary and Compensation
The starting salary for this position is based upon experience, and is extremely competitive. The JMC also 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.
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in the Jack Miller Center’s mission and the position. These documents may be submitted to George A. Brakeley III, Executive Chair of Brakeley Briscoe, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.