Job Details

Gift Officer

Warner Pacific University, Portland, Oregon

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 12/20/2019

Warner Pacific University’s Mission: Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, Liberal Arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary Description: The Gift Officer is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. The successful candidate will be expected to devote 85% of work time to fundraising activities and 15% of work time to administrative responsibilities. The location for this position will be the main campus of Warner Pacific University, located in Portland, OR, with frequent travel.

Key Partners: Partners for this position include the University’s President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations, Director of Alumni and annual giving, planned giving, and marketing/communications, and athletics.

Measures of Success:
• Meet agreed upon annual goal for direct contacts with potential major gift donors and donors.
• Meet agreed upon annual goal for number of proposals to potential major gift donors.
• Personally cultivate and secure $250,000 to $500,000 in countable gifts/pledges toward the Annual Fund.
• During a comprehensive or capital campaign, personally cultivate and secure agreed upon goal in countable gifts/pledges during a campaign cycle.
Essential Functions:
Working closely with assigned foundation and academic leadership to advance the philanthropic priorities of the university:
• Manage a portfolio of 175-250 donors and potential donors rated at $5,000 and above.
• Raise "$250,000 to $500,000 in countable gifts/pledges, as measured by commitments of $2,500+
• Open 15-45 proposals per year
• Conduct 150-200 face-to-face visits per year, focused on major gift pipeline development and the engagement, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors.
• Collaborate with college/university external relations colleagues to broaden and deepen the engagement of alumni, parents and friends.
• Conduct 3-5 visits per travel day
• Perform related administrative duties, including contact reports, budget management, coordinating engagement activities, and setting up donor visits.
• Contributes to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
• Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
• Adhere to University policies and procedures.
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
• Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and two or more years of development work experience, ideally in higher education. Education and experience equivalencies will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate successful middle-to-major gift fundraising experience
• Experience in donor cultivation and engagement
• Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate a strong and compelling case for support.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships with colleagues across the university, including Warner Pacific Alumni and Athletics.
• Capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions appropriately, and to handle interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
• Ability to effectively represent the interests and fundraising priorities of various colleges/units, while also maintaining a high degree of enterprise perspective by acting in the best interests of the foundation and the university at all times
• Strategic, hardworking, and able to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
• Ability to apply creative and entrepreneurial thinking, while applying sound judgment and conducting oneself with integrity
• Ability to approach work assuming the best of intentions from campus colleagues
• Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, and must be able to travel by varying modes of transportation.
• Experience working with diverse populations.
Physical Demands – Work Environment:

The position is located in a typical office environment. Professional/business casual attire is required. Traveling by various modes of transportation occasionally requiring overnight and/or weekend stays.

Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:

1. A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2. The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3. A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4. A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5. For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7. A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.

Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.

Further, to ensure orderly operations and provide the best possible work environment, all Warner Pacific University employees are expected to maintain the highest levels of ethics, professionalism, integrity, and judgment. Employees must obey all laws governing the workplace and the business of the University, as well as treat others (students, suppliers, and co-workers) with honesty, respect, and personal dignity in all interactions. Conduct that is malicious, abusive, threatening, dishonest or unlawful is not acceptable. Employees who feel they are being subjected to conduct of this kind should bring the concern to Human Resources. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.

Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or marijuana is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject. All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above. Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Commitment to Diversity:
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Warner Pacific University offers a full range of traditional benefits for qualifying employees, including medical/dental insurance, disability, life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, mission leave, tuition remission, and retirement savings.

To Apply:

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1. Resume
2. Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references

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