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Major Gifts Officer

August 02, 2013

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The Major Gifts Officer serves as a key member of the professional development staff in the planning and execution of all fundraising activities for the College.  A critical component of the position is to grow and develop Carthage’s major gift prospect pool.  The overall responsibility of this position is to secure gifts from alumni, parents and friends of the College in support of ongoing programs and for special and capital campaigns. 


1. Personally cultivate and solicit gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College in support of The Carthage Fund, ongoing programs and for special and capital campaigns.

2. A key priority for the Major Gifts Officer is to increase membership in Carthage’s Leadership Circle, those donors who annually contribute gifts of $1,000 or more with a focus on giving to The Carthage Fund.

3. Coordinate reunion or special interest campaigns with goals in excess of $50,000 e.g. 50th class reunion, 50th reunion of a Greek organization. This includes organizing and providing staff support for volunteer committees, managing major gift component of each campaign and working with The Carthage Fund Coordinator regarding direct mail, telemarketing and reunion logistics as they relate to fund raising for these campaigns.

4. Serve as a member of the Institutional Advancement staff in the planning and execution of all activities related to fund raising and donor relations.


  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a successful record in annual and major gift fund raising or related experience, including background in personal solicitations.
  • The candidate should also possess excellent written and oral communications skills, and the demonstrated ability to handle numerous projects at one time.
  • Travel is mandatory.

This is a dynamic time of growth at Carthage College. Primarily a residential college, Carthage is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. Founded in 1847, Carthage is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Elaine L. Walton
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Office of Institutional Advancement, Carthage
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will be collected until the position is filled.

Carthage College values the diversity of its community and encourages applications from under-represented groups.