University of Michigan – Major Gifts Officer

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

Reporting to the Director of Development (DOD) and working with other staff and volunteers, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual major gift prospects that are capable of making gift commitments of $25,000 or more to support the U-M Library’s overall campaign, annual gift goals, and other funding priorities. This person will also assist with overall budgeting, planning and program/event management. Travel is required.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.


  • Advance individual relationships that result in philanthropic contributions
  • Identify, qualify, and manage a portfolio of prospects
  • Plan and implement strategies and effective activities for soliciting prospects including candidates for planned gifts and/or multi-year pledges
  • Match library funding priorities to individual donor interests
  • Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies designed to understand the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate contact while demonstrating effective stewardship
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the library’s funding priorities and effectively articulate needs to individual donors
  • Generate gift agreements for new gifts
  • Serve as an active team member in the development and implementation of U-M Library Development’s goals
  • Assist with developing communications, designing meeting content, preparing materials, and coordinating plans with the DOD for the U-M Library Campaign Council
  • Collaborate with University Development’s regional major gift community across campus
  • Gather, record, and properly store information about prospects and donors utilizing the University’s donor and alumni tracking database
  • Participate in the department’s activities, i.e. staff retreat, serving on special committees and understanding the University’s broader development objectives

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of development and fundraising experience preferably in higher education or in other large complex institutions
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills both written and oral, as well as a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings
  • A general level of comfort when dealing with high net worth individuals and an ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment
  • Familiar with organizing and researching appropriate donor/prospect information, as well as data gathering and manipulation
  • Skilled with using Microsoft Office and customer relations management software
  • Ability to travel on day or overnight trips as scheduled. Travel is anticipated to be 25%-30%
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with DART (Donor Alumni Relationship Tool) software
  • Experience with Peoplesoft, Business Objects
  • Proven experience working with five-figure gifts or higher
  • Some knowledge of greater Southeastern Michigan community

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives vacation and sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.