Annual Fund Gift Officer

This position has been created to enhance Goshen College alumni and donor engagement, encourage  increased philanthropic support for the Goshen College Fund, and expand the pool of potential future prospective major donors to the College. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for Goshen College and a desire to make an impact on the future of the institution. 

The Annual Fund Gift Officer will maintain a portfolio of annual giving leadership level donors, and is responsible for planning and implementing a program of cultivation and solicitation for increased philanthropic support. The Gift Officer works closely with all members of the Advancement staff, particularly in the process of annual leadership gift prospect assessment, management, tracking, and upgrading. This position serves to transition annual donors upward through the GC Fund Giving Circles, inviting donors to grow their annual commitments to the next levels, ultimately to encourage and discover major gift prospects.

Donor engagement will mostly be through virtual meetings, phone conversations, email and social media, with modest expectations for local and regional day trips and overnight travel.

This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE position that pays $41,395 annually and included full benefits.

Essential Functions:

  • Actively engage and build relationships with a portfolio of current donors and leadership level prospects with giving potential;
  • Proactively monitor engagement to identify and launch initiatives that drive donations;
  • Serve as a “gift concierge,” helping share impact stories and steward current leadership donors;
  • Leverage technology including social media platforms, and virtual communication tools to build relationships with constituents;

Position Goals:

  • Execute at least 20 outbound substantive contacts daily with assigned prospects to include email responses, virtual meetings, phone calls, visits, social media chats in all phases of the donor giving cycle (discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship);
  • Implement at least 60 solicitations for increased gifts with assigned prospects annually;
  • Refer at least 10 major gifts prospects to current Major Gifts Officers annually.

Other Duties:

  • Using institutional resources and other means, obtain research to identify annual fund leadership gift prospects and information concerning financial capability, special interests, past history and current connections with the institution, close friends and advisors, and financial contributions to other causes.
  • Engage, as appropriate, the assistance and involvement of appropriate persons— faculty, staff, Alumni Council members, other key volunteers, the President, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, advancement team members, and other college personnel.
  • Participate in donor and alumni events on and off campus, as appropriate.
  • Participate in donor prospect meetings with staff members and administrators to keep attention focused on the progress of annual leadership giving efforts.
  • Develop and carry out appropriate stewardship, recognition, and involvement of major donors.
  • Participate in professional development activities as identified in collaboration with the VPIA.
  • Other duties as assigned by the VPIA.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Two years of advancement and fundraising experience is preferred, and similar experiences in higher education, sales or customer service related work would also be an advantage.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Current driver’s license.

Skills & Competencies:


  • Basic computer skills.


  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite, Customer Relationship Management software, social media platforms, and Google document management is helpful.

Special Requirements:

Modest travel is an expected component of this position. The Officer can expect to spend 10% or less of their time outside of the office visiting an assigned portfolio of prospects and donors, overnight travel will be on occasion, and air travel will be rare. Conferences and professional development travel can be expected from time to time. A Development Officer will be expected to be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Physical Demands:

Occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds. Meetings and events will require being able to walk to all buildings on the Goshen College campus. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 Work Environment/Environmental Condition:

Work can be expected to take place in a professional office environment while on site. Out of office environments include, but are not limited to, visits in homes, hotels, restaurants, airports, and churches . Events can take place in a variety of spaces indoors and outdoors, on or off campus.

All of the essential job functions are subject to reasonable accommodation.   All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently.  This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.   Individuals may be required to perform other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.  This position description is not all-inclusive and may change at the option of the (supervisor or department head).  Any major change will result in the position being reviewed for reclassification.

About Goshen College

Goshen College is a Christian liberal arts institution that prepares students to thrive in life, leadership and service. We rank nationally in the top five of liberal arts colleges for international education, with 71% of the student body studying abroad. We strive to model an inclusive community committed to transformative justice, peace, and sustainability.

The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant and entrepreneurial downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths, and affordable housing prices.  


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Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

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Goshen College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111