Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President of Advancement, the Regional Advancement Officer works to build and enhance relationships with all constituents for the purpose of increasing financial support to Alvernia University. This individual is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts. He/she will work with prospective donors to determine philanthropic interest related to the university’s fund-raising goals through the Annual Fund, Endowment, Capital and Planned Giving programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Partner with the Vice President of IA and Associate Vice President to determine background, strategies and action steps needed to identify and develop major donors.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150 prospects and donors to ensure timely moves are made towards cultivation, solicitation and closure.
  • Develop and implement prospect-specific strategies for cultivating and soliciting major and planned giving prospects from programs and projects set forth by the Board of Trustees.
  • Make assessment calls, cultivate, solicit, provide recognition and steward appropriately leadership and major gifts, with an emphasis on gifts at the $10,000 + level. Work with donors on multiple giving methods including current and deferred giving.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of Alvernia’s educational and strategic programs in order to effectively articulate the university’s priorities and fundraising objectives to donors.
  • Prepare and submit goals that contain specific timelines, projected results and outcomes.
  • Document all activity in the advancement database.
  • Attend all appropriate Institutional Advancement and Major Gift meetings as well as other university events as appropriate.
  • Promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University.


  • Commitment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Strong Interpersonal, oral and written communication and computer skills
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in successfully cultivating and securing major gifts, or related experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Significant travel is required 

Physical Requirements:

  • Attendance is required in order to perform the duties of this job
  • Valid driver’s license


Contact:                      Human Resources

Posting Date:              January 31, 2020

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