Principal Gifts Officer

College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross seeks a Principal Gifts Officer to be responsible for fundraising efforts which support and advance the mission of Holy Cross. Working with the college's most generous donors and its highest potential prospects, the Principal Gifts Officer will work in partnership with the principal gifts team and the Associate Vice President for Individual Giving, and other internal partners to encourage support at the $5,000,000 level and above. The Principal Gifts Officer will work closely with Advancement colleagues to develop and execute prospect strategies that strategically integrate gift planning, reunions, annual giving, and other college financial priorities into the development and execution of high-level fundraising strategies that enable the realization of established goals and objectives.

From academics and athletics to opportunities for spiritual and personal development, the Holy Cross undergraduate experience is among the best in the nation—preparing students for fulfilling leadership roles in every aspect of life. Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution and is ranked among the nation’s leading four-year liberal arts colleges. Over time, Holy Cross has continuously evolved to reflect the needs of its more than 3,000 students and changing times. Its Jesuit, Catholic identity has remained a constant throughout that evolution—informing and influencing everything the college does. As a liberal arts college, Holy Cross pursues excellence in teaching, learning, and research. All members of the Holy Cross community are challenged to be open to new ideas, to be patient with ambiguity and uncertainty, and to combine a passion for truth with respect for the views of others. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross seeks to build a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility.

In every aspect of its community, Holy Cross champions diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a Jesuit, Catholic liberal arts college, it understands that the best way to understand the world is to embrace the full spectrum of perspectives and life experiences. To that end, Holy Cross welcomes students, staff, and faculty members of every gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and gender identity. Holy Cross encourages all community members to think critically about disparities in social structures, and to act toward positive change.

"This is a great time to join our advancement team. While the college has a storied 180-year history and a tremendous reputation for academic rigor and outcomes for students, the Holy Cross community is focused on the future. The passion, volunteerism, and commitment of the alumni base is second to none, reflected by the annual giving percentage of the alumni which consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally. Holy Cross alumni are generous and thoughtful, and eager to embrace changes in fundraising that will lead to strengthening the college they love. I hope you will consider joining our team. I look forward to partnering with creative and passionate fundraisers who are eager to engage our alumni, parents, and friends." — Sean Scanlon, Vice President for Advancement

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.