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Reed College

Intellectual. Intense. Inspiring. Transformative. These are the qualities found in the alumni, parents, and friends of Reed College you would work with every day as a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) in Reed’s Development Office. One of the most distinctive colleges in the country, Reed strives to provide students an extraordinary environment in which to discover their passions and pursue them with depth and determination. This environment is created in great part through philanthropy which accounts for 40 percent of the annual college budget.

The MGO is part of a seasoned, professional team responsible for securing funds for the organization by managing a group of assigned, qualified donors. The MGO focuses on securing six- and seven-figure major gifts and leadership circle annual fund gifts.

The person in this position travels extensively. Major gifts work is performed under the leadership of the Director of Major Gifts and in collaboration with department and college-wide leaders. MGOs may occasionally travel with the vice president for college relations and/or the college president. The person in this position also manages parent philanthropy and the activities and events of the parent council.

The successful candidate likes travelling to meet new people; is both a patient listener and a skilled conversationalist; functions independently on the road and as a strong team player when back in the office. Additionally, MGOs need to be inspired by aspirational goals and strategic vision and be creative and persuasive in presenting them. An affinity for the mission of higher education and for college culture are essential. Knowledge of Reed is a plus. Resiliency and occasional fearlessness is invaluable!



This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual salary is $75,000. A benefit of this position will be the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Reed and supporting student and institutional success.

The MGO is expected to travel several times each month, nationally and possibly internationally and to be available weekends and evenings as events and alumni activities require.

Reed College offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and access to onsite daycare provided by Growing Seeds.



  • Initiates and strengthens the college’s relationship with donors, creating an individual strategic plan for each based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
  • Makes multiple in-person visits each year with a goal that around one third of the meetings be actual “asks”.
  • Communicates with potential donors by phone and mail, as well as in person visits.
  • Creates and follows an annual plan so major gifts are secured and individual annual fund gifts are retained and upgraded.
  • Works with team members to create proposals that will be used with prospects to secure gifts.
  • Will perform other major donor related activities as may be required.
  • May be asked to manage major gift activities and manage volunteers and events in pursuit of short- and long-term major gift goals.
  • Gathers and tracks information using college prescribed systems to build institutional knowledge of donors – includes Banner database and in-house research.
  • Plays a critical role as a member of the Reed College Relations team on campus, as a representative of Reed in the larger community, and in support of Reed’s advancement plans.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Ability to make in-person visits, adhere to donor-pool penetration goals and repeat meeting rates.
  • Ability to create reasonable financial goals for each donor based on the donor’s giving and the recorded potential, and execute asks to support the goals.
  • Ability to create a personal contact and ask plan that takes into account the individual donor’s interest, motivations, giving patterns, and ask preferences.
  • Ability to create and write effective proposals and asks.
  • Ability to work with team members to effectively cultivate and secure major gifts.
  • Ability to articulate the mission, goals, and values of the organization.
  • Ability to contribute to the overall growth of the development team by sharing best practices, plans, and ideas.



  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures utilized in development and planned giving programs.An affinity for the mission of higher education and an affinity for college culture are essential.
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the liberal arts, mission, programs, and future aspirations of Reed College.
  • Ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts prospects.
  • Ability to develop and implement short- and long-range plans to meet program needs.
  • Ability to prepare and direct the preparation of reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to work with volunteers and oversee strategic events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with current and potential donors, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, other college staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to travel.
  • An impeccable track record of integrity and the highest professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Development experience at a college or university, or hospital is preferred.
  • Three to five years of professional, frontline fundraising experience.
  • A valid driver’s license.


To view the full job announcement and apply online, click below. A cover letter and resume is required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position at Reed College contribute to the achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • How would your unique background contribute to fundraising success at Reed?


Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so you are encouraged to apply early. This position will remain open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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