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Major Gift Officer - Part-time - East Coast

Antioch College embraces diversity as a core value, and considers it fundamental to excellence in education.  We are an educational community dedicated to the pursuit of social justice that intentionally and consistently supports diverse and inclusive practices.  Antioch College acknowledges and seeks to end the existence of systemic inequity in terms of access to power, resources, and privilege and works to develop access and equity in the community.  Within this context, Antioch seeks to build authentic engagement across diversity, ensure systems of support for historically and currently marginalized groups, and promote safety in challenging dialogues and exchanges.  We believe diversity enhances learning and our individual and collective ability to manifest positive change.  We seek candidates who can contribute to Antioch's mission through curricular development and innovation that fosters social justice, cultural competencies, and understanding of diversity.​

POSITION SUMMARY:  Reporting to the VP of Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) identifies, engages and solicits alumni in metropolitan New York and communities on the Eastern Seaboard.  The MGO will join a college advancement team and be instrumental in supporting the financial goals of Antioch College by identifying potential major gift donors, developing and implementing appropriate strategies for soliciting and stewarding individual prospects, and initiating alumni contacts for the President, Trustees, Vice President of Advancement, and other administrators.  S/he will maintain their own development travel schedule and coordinate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with College Advancement staff and volunteers.  The MGO will work occasional evenings and weekends, travel to meet with donors and prospects, and will also serve as a strategist and fundraiser for key special projects and campaigns. Relocation is not available for this position. 


Manage a portfolio of key donors and prospects among College’s alumni, parent and friend constituencies toward successfully closed gift solicitations in five, six and seven-figure range.
Travel regionally in support of donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship responsibilities.
Work independently while also working as a remote member of the Advancement team; must coordinate activities with those in Advancement, as well as with the College President and members of the Board of Trustees.
Work in close coordination with Alumni Relations and Annual Fund staff to engage an enthusiastic community of 17,000 alumni at a particularly important and exciting time in the College’s history to assist in creating a compelling strategic vision for alumni relations programming.
Enhance ability to serve as external ambassador for the College by building positive relationships with faculty, staff and students.
Adherence to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, and optimistic and positive attitude. Capacity to multitask while paying attention to details. Sensitivity to needs and feelings of others. Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and dollar goals.
Understand the needs and interests of major gift prospects and donors in order to develop relationships between them and the College.
Initiate, follow-through, analyze, monitor and evaluate individual strategy plans for qualification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
Articulate the case for support so that individuals "buy into" the mission/vision/goals of Antioch College and understand with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more.
Up to four visits per year to Yellow Springs, Ohio to engage with colleagues and College students.


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or professional training in planned giving techniques preferred.
Five years of successful experience, including:

      direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts
      leadership, annual, and major gift fundraising

Consideration given to solid experience in related fields with transferable skills.


Broad knowledge of the principles of individual fundraising, including an understanding and support of the annual giving program and a working knowledge of gift planning techniques.
Possess or develop a working knowledge of commonly used planned giving techniques that will enable informed conversation with donor prospects that evidence an interest in exploring these gift techniques.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, a collaborative teamwork approach to work projects, and a strong service orientation.
Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with or willingness to learn Raiser’s Edge data base management program.


Travel up to 60% of time
Utilization of public and/or private transportation to reach prospects, donors, and associated functions.  This could include accessing automobiles, trains, planes, and other forms of transportation.
Ability to access facilities associated with prospects, donors, and associated functions.
Ability to utilize standard office equipment such as phone and computer and other devices used in support of work accomplishment
Physical ability to perform daily office activities, to include sitting long periods at a desk, light duty lifting, written and oral correspondence.


Valid state driver’s license


Position requires incumbent to operate both in an office space (not provided by the College) and to move through the region and visit campus, during all seasons and weather to engage with prospects, donors and colleagues to attend functions associated with Antioch College.

                                              ​This position is not eligible for benefits.

To Apply:

Submit, in one WORD or PDF document the following items to:    or, through US Mail:  Office of Human Resources, Antioch College, One Morgan Place  

1.  A cover letter addressing your relevant experience, leadership, and your suitability for and interest in this Antioch College position.

2.  A resume detailing your work history and relevant experience, education, and involvement, and

3.  Three professional references who are familiar with your work and who will speak with Antioch about your capabilities (they will not be contacted without your knowledge).  Include:  reference's name, association to you, telephone number, and email address.

Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status.  Candidates who can contribute to Antioch's commitment to diversity and its evolving multi-lingual culture are encouraged to apply.