The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with trustees, alumni, donors, and policymakers across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.
About the Role
The Major Gifts Officer will redesign, develop and implement ACTA’s major gifts program. The top priority will be to research, identify, and cultivate relationships with new major donors and strengthen those relationships over time. He/she will also be responsible for identifying and cultivating major gifts from current ACTA donors who have capacity to significantly increase their support. An ability to connect with donors and clearly communicate ACTA’s mission is key. The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Vice President of Development and have a close working relationship with ACTA’s president. This position will require travel; approximately 25% of the job will be on the road. This role can be executed from ACTA’s DC office or virtually in the United States.
Duties and Responsibilities
Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization
- Secure major gifts at the $25,000 level with the goal of raising at least $100,000 in the first 12 months
- Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including donor database and wealth screening tools
- Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with ACTA’s president and senior staff
- Create and implement individualized moves management plans
- Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g., provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)
- Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition
- Track and report progress using specific metrics
- Produce reports on a regular basis regarding performance metrics
- Represent ACTA at events that include potential donors
- 5+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience with a demonstrated ability to secure individual and foundation major gifts
- Highly motivated with a strong sense of ownership that includes a proactive approach to achieving goals.
- Self-starter and focused on results
- Strong interpersonal skills as well as an ability to articulate passionately and clearly ACTA’s vision and inspire donors to be enthusiastic supporters of our mission
- Strong team player who can maintain positive productive relationships with other members of the ACTA team
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
- Ability to travel ~25%
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:
- Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, the mission of ACTA and your salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Director of Outreach at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
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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