Major Gifts Officer

Date Posted
June 10, 2022
Job Description

Ohio Wesleyan University (, a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus, is seeking candidates for the position of Major Gifts Officer. This is a salaried, full-time position with benefits!

About you: 

You are comfortable building relationships that result in generous philanthropic investments in Ohio Wesleyan’s mission.   You are an excellent communicator and have strong relationship management skills.  You are looking for a culture that is collaborative, results oriented that provides flexibility and remote employment opportunities. You might be a fundraiser working as an annual giving officer, a leadership giving officer or a major gifts officer.   Or, you might be a driven sales professional looking for a career change, managing relationships with key clients.  Regardless of your professional background, you are passionate about higher education and in particular, the role the liberal arts play in educating the next generation of global leaders.  

About us:

The University just successfully completed the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign, raising over $238 million for priorities including: investing in the faculty, student scholarships and financial aid, the OWU Connection, capital improvements and annual giving.  The Major Gifts team plays a crucial role in stewarding existing major donors and securing funding for OWU’s strategic priorities after the conclusion of the “Connect Today, Create Tomorrow” campaign.

About our benefits and culture: 

The University Advancement department at Ohio Wesleyan is proud to be an industry leader in higher education fundraising.   The Advancement team has several employees working remotely and welcomes interested candidates from across the country to apply.  Candidates living in the Midwest and Northeast are ideal, though Ohio Wesleyan recognizes and appreciates that workplace flexibility provides the best opportunity to recruit and retain a talented team.  Ohio Wesleyan is also proud to offer a full range of benefits, including matching retirement contributions, medical/dental/vision insurance, tuition benefits and a generous time off package, including vacation time, sick time and family leave, among other benefits. 

Job Summary:

The University’s Division of Advancement invites individuals who will advance the mission of Ohio Wesleyan by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of alumni, parents, and friends. The University Advancement team prides itself on a results-driven work culture with flexibility in a collaborative environment. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible to identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts of $100,000 and above to support the University’s fundraising priorities.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of three years of experience soliciting face-to-face major gifts, or comparable transferable experience and be able to work collaboratively with multiple departments.  Candidates who live outside of Central Ohio will be considered for remote employment (especially those in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions).

Essential Functions: 

  • Manage and build a portfolio of major gift prospects
  • Move the prospects through the donor engagement process
  • Prepare and present major gifts proposals to alumni, parents, and friends with the input and assistance of staff and faculty members
  • Work closely with colleagues across the campus to set donor strategy with a focus on soliciting and closing major gifts of $100,000 and above
  • Develop and grow relationships with major gift prospects through phone, email, video call and face-to-face meetings
  • As external circumstances allow, travel to visit prospects in the Midwest and Northeast regions, sometimes in conjunction with the OWU President and Vice President of University Advancement
  • Collaborate with colleagues on key reunion classes, special projects, and the annual fund
  • Attend meetings, trainings and events on campus as needed
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Major Gifts

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of three years of development/fundraising/sales experience, preferably in the field of higher education. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful experience with personal solicitation of donors and a strong track record of closing major gifts is ideal. Other qualifications include: the ability for significant travel and to work occasionally on weekends and evenings, strong computer skills, attention to detail, ability to take initiative, excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and a valid driver’s license.

 Completed application packets will include:

  1. Cover Letter with salary requirements,
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae


Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rewarding place to work! To discover why this should be your next work home, visit our website. Learn more about our benefits at Discover our Benefits.As an equal opportunity institution, OWU has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We do not discriminate on any basis including: race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor.

NOTE: Employment sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. OWU requires COVID-19 vaccination of all employees. Candidates who accept offers of employment must be able to provide proof of their vaccination status before their employment can be process