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Major Gift Officer

Development Office

Intellectual. Intense. Inspiring. Creative. Entrepreneurial. Transformative. These are the qualities found in the alumni, parents, and friends of Reed College you would work with every day as a Major Gift Officer (MGO) in Reed’s Development Office. One of the most distinctive colleges in the country, Reed strives to provide students an extraordinary environment in which to discover their passions and pursue them with depth and determination. This environment is created in great part through philanthropy which accounts for 40 percent of the annual college budget.

The MGO is part of a seasoned, professional team responsible for securing funds by managing a pool of assigned, qualified donors. The MGO focuses on securing six- and seven-figure major gifts, bookable planned gifts, and leadership circle annual fund gifts.

The person in this position travels extensively - approximately eight to ten days a month - primarily domestically, east coast and west.

Major gifts work is performed under the leadership of the Senior Director of Major Gifts and  Foundation Relations, in collaboration with department and college-wide leaders. MGOs may occasionally travel with the vice president for college relations and/or the college president.


This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual salary is $100,000. Benefits of this position will include the satisfaction of helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Reed.

The MGO is expected to travel several times each month, nationally and possibly internationally and to be available occasionally weekends and evenings as events and alumni activities require.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, 7 paid holidays, half-day Fridays in July and early August, and many campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center.

Reed is committed to excellence and actively seeks diversity in its educational programs and employment practices. We welcome and encourage applicants from historically underrepresented minority groups to apply.


  • You have an affinity for the mission of higher education and for Reed College’s culture.
  • You are an experienced front-line fundraiser with the ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects.
  • You are inspired by aspirational goals and undaunted by complex programs.
  • You enjoy working with and meeting people that are different than you. People who know you would describe you as culturally adept.
  • You are facile in talking about money.
  • You like traveling and meeting new people; you are both a patient listener and a skilled conversationalist.
  • You are able to plan and execute specific donor approaches and solicitations.
  • You are independent when on the road but enjoy working collaboratively with the team when at that office.
  • Some words people who have worked with you may use to describe you include: resilient, creative, team-player, persistent, tenacious and fearless.
  • You have an impeccable track record of integrity and the highest professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.


  • Initiate and strengthen the college’s relationship with donors, creating an individual strategic plan for each based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
  • Meet an annual fundraising goal, after 24 months of progressive increases, of $1 million per year.
  • Make multiple (120-140) in-person meetings each year with a goal that around one third of the meetings will be actual asks.
  • Regularly communicate with potential donors by phone, mail and email, as well as during in-person meetings.
  • Create and follow an annual plan to ensure that major gifts are secured and that individual annual fund gifts are retained and upgraded.
  • Work collaboratively with team members to create effective proposals to be used with prospects to secure gifts.
  • Play a critical role as a member of the Reed College Relations team on campus, as a representative of Reed in the larger community, and in support of Reed’s advancement plans.
  • Gather and track information using college prescribed systems to build institutional knowledge of donors.
  • Perform major donor related activities as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Five to ten years of professional, frontline fundraising experience.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel multiple times each month.
  • Development experience at a college, university or hospital is preferred.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • How would your unique background contribute to fundraising success at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.