Gift Officer
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19067 Posted: 11/14/2022

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic leaning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals.  The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At UW-Parkside we offer an engaging and supportive work environment and the opportunity to make a difference for students on a daily basis. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why. 

UW-Parkside is in the midst of its first ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. Launched in 2019, the campaign seeks to raise $25 million in support of key campaign priorities: increase scholarship support; expand hands-on learning opportunities; attract and retain life-changing faculty and staff; and create dynamic learning environments. We are well on our way to this goal with more than $10 million raised to date, and seek a Gift Officer to support continued fundraising success as we move toward the public phase of the campaign. 

Position Title:  Gift Officer I

Employment Type: Full time

                                 Academic Staff


Reports To: The Gift Officer will report to the Director of Development.

Full Time Pay Range: Starting at $60,000 annualized, commensurate with experience

The Gift Officer will play a critical role in the success of UW-Parkside’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign and our achievement of strategic growth as a member of UW-Parkside’s fundraising team. The Gift Officer will work with a portfolio of individuals to develop relationships that match donor interests to the needs of the university. This position identifies and cultivates relationships with donor prospects, solicits gifts, and works collaboratively with other staff to meet predefined gift contribution goals.

The Gift Officer partners with units across campus, works closely with university leadership, and is a key member of the University Advancement team. University Advancement leads UW-Parkside’s development, alumni relations, communications, and marketing efforts.  

Essential Job Functions
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors/potential donors capable of making philanthropic gifts of $25,000 or more. Contact and meet with donors to identify areas of funding interest, request gifts, and continue to strengthen their relationship with the university.
  • Develop and implement donor cultivation and solicitation strategies in alignment with strategic initiatives and fundraising goals.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Advancement team to develop fundraising and stewardship communications (proposals, reports, etc.) for donors within their portfolio.
  • Track and report on donor engagement activities through frequent Raiser’s Edge database updates, regular meetings with Advancement and university leadership, and other updates as requested.
  • Serve as a liaison to donors and prospective donors by providing information and representing the university at donor and alumni gatherings.
  • Participate in Advancement and university meetings, events, and training.
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • At least 3 years of experience in areas such as fundraising, alumni relations, communications, public relations, sales, or a related field 

The ideal candidate will have prior experience in higher education fundraising, demonstrated success in making direct solicitations, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Gift Officer will be expected to travel about 25% of the time, occasionally with overnight stays. They participate in university events for donor engagement, both during working hours and occasionally on evenings and weekends.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • The names and email addresses for three References

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11/28/2022 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled. 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Amanda Joncas
Available Until: 03/22/2023

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