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Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


Commensurate with experience


Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.


An undergraduate degree with a preference toward an advanced degree or its equivalent is preferred.


  • An undergraduate degree with a preference toward an advanced degree or its equivalent is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years' successful moves-based development experience in major and planned gift fundraising.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting outright and deferred gifts in excess of $50,000 or more.
  • Familiarity with planned giving vehicles.
  • A history of effectiveness and comfort dealing with high-level donor prospects including the skills to articulate campus priorities and capture the interest of the prospect.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with internal and external constituencies which includes a proven track record of strong interpersonal communication, listening, relationship-building, negotiating, and collaborating skills. Must be able to work independently and as a part of the Major Gifts team.
  • Proven ability to work collegially with a diverse set of constituents, including donors and alumni, professional financial and legal advisors and Advancement colleagues; proven ability to work with confidential information.
  • Strong oral, written, and presentational skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • A willingness to travel extensively, including extended work during weekend/evening hours.
  • The ability and willingness to be a spokesperson for the Lutheran mission and character of Valparaiso University.

Job Summary:

Valparaiso University now invites nominations and applications for multiple Major Gifts Officer positions.


The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for securing major gifts of $50,000 and above to Valparaiso University. Under the leadership of the Executive Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Officer will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospective donors and will be expected to cultivate, solicit and steward these important alumni and friends of the University. This position also will play a critical role in identifying and engaging new prospects for the next comprehensive campaign effort.


The Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts for Valparaiso University.
  • Mange a portfolio of approximately 150 financially qualified households, with independent responsibility to develop and execute strategies leading to a solicitation of each prospect.
  • Actively seek to expand the prospect pool via identifying, qualifying and engaging new prospects.
  • Assist the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the Executive Director of Major Gifts in providing support service for the president, provost, deans, and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of major and planned gifts.
  • In cooperation with Alumni Relations and other University administrators, serve a key role within a defined regional zone to support activities which will eventually lead alumni, parents, friends and other significant stakeholders to support the educational mission of Valparaiso University.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and ambassador to Valparaiso University's internal and external constituencies.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive director of Major Gifts.


To be considered for this position:

Step 1: Complete the Valparaiso University Employment Application.

Step 2: Send electronic copy of cover letter, resume and list of references.

Step 3: Please complete the EEO form. (Completion of this form is strictly voluntary, however, we would appreciate your input).

All materials can be sent electronically to (OR) fax to 219-464-6887.

Please address cover letter to:

Jeri Pat Gabbert, Executive Director Major Gifts
Loke Hall
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN  46383


Equal Employment Opportunity - Non-Discrimination and Commitment to Diversity - (Informational material).

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experience to help constitute a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at:

NOTICE: Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Valparaiso University participates in E-VERIFY to confirm work authorization.