Major Gift Officer - University Advancement | UW-Stevens Point

Posted: 12/23/2022

Position Title

Major Gifts Officer

TTC Title and Code Gifts Officer I (AV013)
FTE 100%
Position Information Principal Work Location: UW-Stevens Point Main Campus
Supervisor: Vice Chancellor for University Advancement & Executive Director of the UWSP Foundation
Total Rewards UW Stevens Point provides a competitive benefits package including monthly premiums starting at $32, deductibles starting at $250, auto-enrollment in the Wisconsin Retirement System (pension) with employer contributions, and 17+ days of paid time off (PTO)*. Additional benefits and more information available on our Total Rewards page.
Department University Advancement – College of Letters and Science
University Description Through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education, and prepares students for a diverse sustainable world. The university is committed to creating a safe, inclusive learning community for all faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds. Visit for more information about UW-Stevens Point. To learn about the Stevens Point (aka Point) area fun, jobs, housing, education, quality of life, and bragging rights, visit
Position Summary The Major Gifts Officer fosters lasting relationships with alumni, friends, and donors of UW-Stevens Point that result in increased engagement and philanthropic support. We are recruiting for a Major Gift Officer position for the College of Letters and Science (COLS). This position will report to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement with a dotted line relationship to the Dean of the College of Letters and Science.
The College of Letters and Science is home to academic disciplines ranging from biology to world languages. Through its breadth of expertise and identity as home to the liberal arts disciplines, the college plays a unique role in advancing the liberal arts education of all UW-Stevens Point students.
Working in close coordination with the University Advancement team and UWSP Foundation, the Major Gifts Officer will develop and document strategies that engage our donors and prospective givers through purposeful, personalized steps that can lead to an ask for support, with a focus on commitments of $25,000 and above in support of COLS programs and related campus priorities.
The ideal candidate listens effectively, has a strong sense of curiosity, welcomes diverse ideas, takes initiative, accepts responsibility, shares credit, and shows integrity and persistence in meeting long-term and complex goals. This position is based in Wisconsin with travel to strategic locations in the United States where UW-Stevens Point alumni, friends, and donors are located.
This position will support the mission of preparing UWSP students for a diverse and inclusive world by working to secure major gifts that provide ongoing scholarship support and improve accessibility to higher education for all students.
Shift: Standard office hours 7:45am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Varied hours, weekends, and evenings may be required.
Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, or in other roles that emphasize interpersonal communication
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on activities with minimal direction
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with proven ability to prioritize to meet goals
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a broad range of colleagues and constituents
  • Strong sense of ethical conduct and ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Available to travel, work weekends and evenings as needed
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Thorough working knowledge of major gifts development and/or donor relations concepts, principles, and practices
  • Experience in and/or appreciation of the unique environment of higher education
  • Previous experience working with a CRM or donor database
How To Apply Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. To return to a draft application, click on the “My Activities” link at the top of the screen after logging in. Once you click on Submit Application, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. After submitting the application, you will receive an Application Confirmation email from the application system. Refer to the “How To Apply” document for more information.
Anticipated Appointment Date February 13, 2023
Terms of Employment This is an Academic Staff annual appointment, exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Deadline Initial screening of completed online applications will begin on January 24, 2023. However, applications will continue to be accepted after this date until the needs of the recruitment are filled.
Required Materials Files must be complete to be considered. Submission in PDF format is preferred for all attachments. Please include the following documents:
- Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience
- Resume
- Contact information for three professional references
(Official Transcripts may be required of finalist)
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Position Contact For additional information regarding the position, please call or email:
Gina Miresse, Major Gifts Officer
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
Phone: 715-346-3304
Human Resources Contact If you have any questions regarding the application process, need special arrangements, or if you submitted your application with missing materials, please call or email:
Human Resources
Phone: 715-346-2606
Special Notes The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. UW-Stevens Point values diversity and inclusion as supported by our mission, “Through the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point fosters intellectual growth, provides a broad-based education, models community engagement and prepares students for success in a diverse and sustainable world.”
Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process should contact Human Resources and Affirmative Action at 715-346-2606 or
The safety and success of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is paramount. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires the distribution of an annual security report to all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. You may obtain the complete report at
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
An offer of employment will require a criminal background check and authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
*PTO offering prorated based on start date and hours worked.