St.  Catherine University

Major and Planned Giving Officer

Jul 29, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
St. Catherine University invites applications for a full-time Major and Planned Giving Officer position.

Our Development team builds great relationships so we can connect Donor's passions with current university projects. Planned gifts help St. Kate's provide and enhance learning opportunities for current and future students. Our dedicated and generous donors are an important part of the St. Kate's community. Their generosity elevates the institution from good to great - and provides our students with the scholarships, technology, and top-notch professors to flourish and succeed. Our Development and Alumni Relations staff are all ambassadors of the University, and the Major and Planned Giving Officer raises gifts and pledges at the $10K level and above, which contribute to the achievement of the University's major and planned gifts goals each year. Responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships and soliciting major, restricted, and planned gifts.
  • Achieving fundraising targets in a competitive fundraising environment and potentially in difficult economic circumstances.
  • Balancing prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Conducting an average of 15 face-to-face meetings a month with donor prospects to advance their movement in the development cycle including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Cultivating donors through engagement with the university's events and activities or meaningful volunteer roles.
  • Presenting illustrations and educate donors about creative gift plan alternatives.
  • Stewarding relationships with donors through intentional measures including regular communication and engagement in stewardship events.
  • Creating a moves management plan for each assigned donor prospect.
  • Documenting contact reports following interactions with donor prospects.
  • Effectively build positive relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and donors.
  • Participating in strategy for and execution of special events.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing planned and major gifts to achieve goals.
  • Experience writing solicitations and proposals, personalizing them for the recipient.
  • Experience or competency with relational databases like Blackbaud or Raiser's Edge and the Google suite of products.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate of St. Catherine University
  • Fundraising experience in higher education
  • Experience delivering successful campaign results
  • Experience collaborating across departments effectively and positively.
  • Knowledge of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, regional or national philanthropic communities

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF

Visit St. Kate Careers to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Application deadline is August 18, 2021.

Given the way campus life inherently puts people in close proximity to each other, including residence and dining halls, classrooms, and gatherings, the University has determined that a vaccination requirement is the best way to keep our community safe and prevent potential outbreaks as we return to more regular, in-person operations. St. Catherine University is requiring all students, faculty (including adjuncts contracted for the fall semester and beyond), staff, and residents age 12 and older to complete their COVID -19 vaccination series unless the University approves a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation/exemption as required by applicable law. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit .

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

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