Leadership Annual Gift Officer

Posted on 06/06/2024

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

The Leadership Annual Giving Officer (LAGO) builds important connections with a diverse group of constituents. They will be responsible for increasing leadership support soliciting annual gifts of $2,500 or more, as well as identifying and qualifying new major gift prospects. By embracing the opportunity to travel, the LAGO will work closely with various stakeholders, attend programmatic meetings, and represent the College to donors and volunteers, via in person meetings, Zoom sessions, phone calls and communications. Previous experience in individual fundraising or a related field is preferred.   

The LAGO will be joining a group of energetic, hard-working, and fun individuals who are committed to our college and its mission. In an effort to increase leadership annual donors (members of the President’s Society) as well as participation, the LAGO will be responsible for soliciting annual gifts of $2,500 or more. They will carry a portfolio of approximately 100+ individual prospects nationally, as well as work with a dynamic group of prospective donors who – once identified and engaged with – may become part of their permanent portfolios. In addition to achieving annual fundraising goals, they will focus on discovery work, helping to identify new major- and principal-gift prospects through superior qualification outreach, with the focus on engagement being omnipresent. This position is an ideal opportunity for an outgoing, team-focused, self-motivating professional.


  • Builds meaningful relationships within the entire Skidmore community focusing particularly on alumni, parents, family members, and friends.  
  • Utilizes a broad spectrum of communications channels (in-person meetings, email, social, video conferencing, phone) to facilitate discussion. 
  • Creates a donor engagement process that qualifies, cultivates, and solicits Skidmore constituents capable of making leadership annual and capital gifts to the College.
  • Directly solicits gifts to fund College priorities in an effort to meet or exceed annual goals. 
  • Develops and implements retention strategies to upgrade donors. Recognizes disinterested donors and devises strategies to redirect their interests. 
  • Participates and aids in execution of events. 
  • Provides support to gift initiatives within reunion classes, forging collaborative partnerships among Major Gifts, Skidmore Fund, Alumni Engagement colleagues, as well as class volunteers.
  • Acts as a poised ambassador, regularly attending high-level programmatic meetings, adeptly representing the organization’s vision, initiatives, and impact to inspire donor engagement and volunteerism.
  • Fosters robust connections and collaboration with college administrators, faculty members, influential alumni, supportive parents, passionate friends, and trustees to cultivate a vibrant culture of philanthropy.
  • Embraces a collaborative and inclusive approach, seamlessly integrating with cross-functional teams while maintaining accurate recordkeeping in database to ensure seamless coordination and a comprehensive understanding of donor interactions.

The position requires travel and outreach, as well as the ability to effectively communicate the college’s mission, needs, and priorities to match prospective donors’ interests. Strong communications skills and the capacity to interact are crucial. Timely and accurate recordkeeping and working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers are essential.

The LAGO should be prepared to work in various environments (indoor and outdoor seminars, volunteer events, retreats) while traveling and possess the physical stamina to handle travel demands.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.


  • Minimum of 2-3 years of fund raising or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • An active listener with a successful track record of interacting with donors, volunteers, colleagues, and philanthropic stakeholders. 
  • Conduct interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully, and empathetically.
  • Proactive, productive colleague with a positive attitude and sense of humor. 
  • Commitment to an inclusive workplace. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • Driven, autonomous contributor with a resourceful and a data-driven work ethic. Innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take personal responsibility for outcomes. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Handles confidential material responsibly.
  • Experience with email, social media, google, etc. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or similar CRMs.

Salary Range:  $65,000 – $80,000 commensurate with experience

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