Job Details

Gift Officer

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 05/31/2019

Working at Lewis & Clark College
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Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Job Purpose
The Gift Officer for Lewis & Clark Law School is responsible for securing funds by managing and cultivating relationships with donors in a portfolio of 60 – 100, as well as managing the stewardship of our scholarship donors. The Gift Officer will also oversee the Annual Fund for the law school, working closely with the law school Development Team as well as the Institutional Advancement team.

This is a key position in a small development team at the law school, consisting of the Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations Director, Senior Development Officer (major gifts), Development Administrative Coordinator, as well as the law school Dean. The law school development team is focused on increasing alumni engagement and identifying and cultivating donors, and is responsible for raising some $3.5 million each year, (approximately $400,000 being Annual Fund dollars). The law school’s development team is supported by Institutional Advancement (IA), which provides donor research, as well as support staff for planned giving, foundations and the annual fund campaign.

What You'll Do
Maintain portfolio of 60-100 donors to assure their continued support and upgrade their giving and involvement. These donors have giving histories of $2500 or below.
• Develop a strategy and engagement plan for each donor in the portfolio, with monthly metrics including:

# of discovery connections (are they interested in law school)
# meaningful connections (turn interest into some action)
# of stewardship connections (donor understands impact)
# of solicitations
• Implement and evaluate donor engagement plans.
• Assist faculty and staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide strategic counsel and help with donor communications)
• Acknowledge donors with appropriate recognition
• Document donor communication and contact notes in Raiser’s Edge

Steward scholarship donors to inspire them with the impact of their scholarship gift

Provide and manage gift agreements, endowment reports, student profiles/thank you letters (in conjunction with Development Coordinator)
Draft donor letters with detailed information on scholarship recipients
Work with selection committees, faculty and staff (Admissions, Finance and Student Affairs Deans) to ensure accurate information on scholarships and the awarding of scholarships
Maintain major spreadsheet on all scholarships
Help coordinate donor and scholarship recipient meetings
Oversee Annual Fund Activities

Collaborate with IA on plan for reaching annual AF $$ goal
Work closely with IA Annual Fund team for 3 -4 mass mailers and emails annually to law school donors and prospective donors
Draft communications for mass mailers/emails, collaborating with Assistant Dean
Manage replies from alums/donors from emails/mailings
Oversee donor acknowledgement letters/gift processing
Work closely with IA for phonathon, Day of Giving, and other projects
Engage with development team members in strategic planning for development efforts

Assist in identifying, cultivating, soliciting potential high-wealth donors
Assist in planned giving, major scholarship and other giving opportunities
Assist in developing plans to support comprehensive campaign themes
Attend alumni, donor and law school events (where donors are present)

Must Haves
* Bachelor's degree
* 3+ years experience in development, proven track-record of managing donors for retention and growth goals.
* Raiser’s Edge, Sales Force or other development/CRM database experience.
* Microsoft Office skills
* Good writing and verbal skills
* Sense of humor
* Team-player; ability to wear many hats as the work requires
* Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College

Nice to Haves
* Master's degree
* 4 years proven track record of managing a donor portfolio: securing funds for the organization, retaining donors and raising donor levels of giving.

Work Schedule
* 37.5 hours per week
* Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
* Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements
* The job works primarily at a desk or is otherwise involved in activities requiring little lifting, climbing or working in tiring positions
* Climbing (stairs), standing, driving, sitting, walking, grasping/gripping, pinching/squeezing, reaching, pushing/pulling, repetitive hand movements (e.g., typing), seeing, talking, hearing

The College explicitly acknowledges and affirms its conviction that diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic background, religious orientation or spirituality, physical or sensory disability, gender, and sexual orientation on the Lewis & Clark campus provides an educational benefit for all students that can be realized only if students and education professionals from diverse backgrounds are present in significant numbers within our learning community. In creating and sustaining such a community, we engage, to the extent possible, in practices that will ensure a high degree of diversity on our campus, simultaneously meeting the highest standards of academic excellence of which we are capable.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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