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Wabash Employment

Major and Planned Gifts Officer

Date Posted: 09/10/20

Major and Planned Gifts Officer

Wabash College invites applications for the position of Major and Planned Gifts Officer in the Wabash Advancement Office. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative, self-starter, and will be central to helping enhance the College’s great tradition and culture of philanthropy.

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The Major and Planned Gifts Officer assists the Director of Gift Planning in a cohesive effort to maximize the department’s strategic priorities. Reporting to the Director of Gift Planning, the Major and Planned Gifts Officer works with Advancement colleagues and volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major and planned gifts. Additionally, the Major and Planned Gifts Officer helps to provide support for marketing, educating, and creating greater awareness of planned giving options to the larger Wabash constituency.

Founded in 1832, Wabash College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts College committed to the education of men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, approximately 45 minutes west of Indianapolis and 30 minutes south of Lafayette, Indiana. The campus is situated on 60 acres with more than 30 buildings for academic and administrative purposes which fosters a close-knit teaching and learning community. 

On November 9, 2018 Wabash launched the largest fund-raising campaign in its 188-year history. Giant Steps: A Campaign for Wabash College. Giant Steps seeks to raise $225 million by 2023. Under the leadership of the College’s 17th President, Dr. Scott Feller, the Advancement Office has been focused on engaging alumni and friends to help support Wabash with gifts to the campaign. The campaign focuses on growing annual and endowment support for four specific areas: strengthening Wabash’s generous scholarship programs; funding faculty professorships, chairs, and academic programs; providing immersive learning experiences for all Wabash students; and funding capital projects and the Annual Fund.

Wabash enjoys a loyal and generous constituent base. In the most recent 2019-2020 fiscal year, Wabash generated $25.4 million in cash fundraising revenue and realized a 43% alumni participation rate. The Wabash Annual Fund accounts for approximately 7-8% of the College’s operating budget, raising more than $3.5 million annually. With Wabash’s bicentennial (2032) on the horizon, the College stands poised to enter an exciting time of institutional growth.

A Bachelor’s degree is required, and three-five or more years of previous fundraising experience preferably in higher education is preferred. The Major and Planned Gifts Officer should be familiar with higher education fundraising standards and best practices including annual giving, major gifts, planned gifts, and fundraising campaigns. The position requires a high energy individual who can work alone as well as with a larger College Advancement team. An interest in higher education and a dedication to promoting the College’s mission and strategic fundraising priorities are a must. The position also requires excellent writing and persuasive communications skills; excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills; willingness and ability to travel extensively within an assigned regional geographic territory; and willingness to work within a larger team of development professionals. 

The Advancement team includes Alumni & Parent Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, and Advancement Services. The Major and Planned Gifts Officer reports to the Director of Planned Giving.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references by choosing apply now or at . Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Wabash, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a diverse, multicultural world. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.EOE


Linda Weaver
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean for Advancement
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

David Troutman
Director of Gift Planning



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