Position in Office of the President

Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb University employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values.

Major Gifts Officer

Gardner-Webb University seeks an experienced and highly motivated individual for the position of Major Gifts Officer (MGO) within University Advancement (UA). UA, the fundraising and friend-raising arm of the University, activities are designed to generate support, both financial and otherwise. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, this MGO will be responsible for helping to develop a philanthropic culture through portfolio management and implementing industry best practices.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • As part of a goal oriented and highly motivated team, the MGO will be responsible for managing a portfolio of alumni and University friends with major gift capacity. An existing percentage of qualified individuals will be in the assigned portfolio, and the MGO will conduct significant discovery work to build a qualified 150+ household major gift portfolio over a multi-year period.
  • Be conversant in the University’s fundraising priorities.
  • Collaborate with colleagues within UA and across campus to ensure that fundraising strategies align with University priorities.
  • Responsible for developing a strategy for effectively moving assigned individuals through the donor cycle, effectively engaging the prospect at every stage.
  • Meet agreed upon fundraising metrics as defined by supervisor, on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
  • Follow department policies and industry best practices specifically related to database and prospect management.
  • Represent Gardner-Webb University in a competent and professional manner.
  • Significant travel, including overnight travel, is required monthly.
  • Evening and weekend event attendance is expected.
  • Other tasks and special projects as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Three years of full-time professional experience working in advancement or a similar profession
  • Experience in a metrics-driven environment and meeting quantitative goals


  • Understanding of the culture, nature and purpose of advancement activities
  • Familiarity of advancement in a higher education setting
  • Demonstrated behavioral and linguistic flexibility
  • Ability to recognize, distill and communicate relevant information and data
  • Demonstrated appetite and enthusiasm for high-volume discovery work
  • Exemplary oral and written communications skills
  • Coordinate and balance multiple tasks and priorities
  • Goal oriented
  • Strong organizational skills and a focus for detail
  • Punctuality and timeliness
  • Self-starter with a high level of maturity and confidence

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and names of three references with contact information to:
Ms. Julie Runyans
Advancement Administrative and Events Coordinator
Gardner-Webb University
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(704) 406-4250
PO Box 997
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.