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College Philanthropy Officer Principal

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title College Philanthropy Officer Principal
Requisition Number RE13894
Working Title Director of Philanthropy
Work Location Lexington, KY
Grade Level 49
Salary Range $67,579-111,509/year
Type of Position Staff
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education


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Required Related Experience

8 yrs

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting or standing for long periods of time; quite a bit of travel (auto and air)


Primarily days, may include evenings and/or weekends

Job Summary

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is seeking an experienced philanthropy professional with a passion for agriculture. The Director of Philanthropy for major gifts at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gift individual prospects/donors that could include a select number of corporate/association partners—using a donor-centered philosophy to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue stream to support the College’s strategic land-grant mission. He/she also will create and effectively manage relationships with Department Chairs and their departments to develop and strengthen relationships with these key stakeholders.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Experience in major gift philanthropy, with an experience in major giving from individual donors. A self-managed working style that includes the ability to devise strategies, engage prospective donors and advance relationships to solicit a major gifts of $25,000 or more.
Excellent communication skills, written and oral to articulate the value of the Colleges’ mission to prospective donors and convey how their gifts would make a difference.
Proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $25,000+ level, or equivalent experience in related field.
Should have a high degree of computer literacy and management information skills.
Interest in the College mission a plus. Monthly domestic travel required.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree, plus 8 years’ experience in philanthropy, with experience in major giving from individual donors. Development/fundraising experience preferred. If no direct fundraising experience, the incumbent must demonstrate highly transferable experience from another relationship-oriented field, such as private banking.

Deadline to Apply 05/06/2018
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe a previous position you have held that had fundraising goals and how did you meet those goals?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How many years of experience do you have working with the cultivation and solicitation of donors in a major academic institution?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years, up through 10 years
    • More than 10 years
  3. * Describe your experience managing fundraising initiatives at an institution of higher learning.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What is the amount of the largest gift or donation that you have successfully solicited?
    • Less than $10,000
    • More than $10,000, up through $50,000
    • More than $50,000, up through $100,000
    • More than $100,000, up through $500,000
    • More than $500,000, up through $1 million
    • More than $1 million
  5. * Please describe how you successfully identified, cultivated and solicited the two largest gifts you have raised.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
    • (AFP Bluegrass Chapter)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents