Major Gift Officer
Deadline for Applications is Extended to 5/16/2021

Code: 17090 Posted: 04/07/2021

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning 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, 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.

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 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.

Position Title: Major Gift Officer

Employment Type: Full-time, Non-Instructional Academic Staff, Exempt

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

Pay Range: $58,000-65,000

Essential Job Functions

Major gift officers will play a critical role in the success of UW-Parkside’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign and our achievement of strategic growth by developing relationships that match donor interests to the needs of the university. This position identifies and cultivates relationships with donor prospects, develops and implements fundraising plans, and works collaboratively with other Advancement staff to meet predefined gift contribution goals.

The Major Gift Officer collaborates with units across campus, and is a key member of the University Advancement team. University Advancement leads UW-Parkside’s development (fundraising), alumni relations, and strategic communications efforts.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Identifies, promotes, and maintains donor relationships and identifies solicitation opportunities specifically designed for the generation of gifts to reach program funding goals
  • Develops and delivers targeted large gift fundraising and communication programs and materials specific to large gift contributions in alignment with strategic initiatives
  • Develops and updates prospect portfolios, evaluates existing strategy and recommends improvements to leadership
  • Serves as a liaison to donors and prospective donors, provides information and represents the interests of the institution


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in fundraising, alumni relations, communications/marketing, sales, or a related field
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. 

Benefit Details:

Total Compensation Estimator:

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
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Transcripts

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday May 16th, 2021 are ensured full consideration. 

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.


Laura Menarek
Available Until: 05/17/2021

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