Development Officer - Major Gifts

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU)

DEPARTMENT: Advancement / Development

SUPERVISED BY: Vice President of Institutional Advancement



GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Builds relationships to support the strategic fundraising initiatives of the university. Personally identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift and planned gift donors and prospects. Gift emphasis is on gifts exceeding $20,000. Emphasis is primarily on cultivating a rapport with individual donors, but this position does include work with foundations. Occasionally assists with special events.


  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift and planned gift donors and prospects through visits and other forms of direct personal contact.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with Wayland colleagues and constituents.
  • Effectively align University priorities and prospect interests.
  • Align activities with the University’s strategic plan for Advancement.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Bachelor’s Degree

Experience and Knowledge:
Three (3) years demonstrated success in Advancement or related field.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with university leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers.
  • Familiar with the university environment and experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and use good judgment in developing solutions within the unique environment of a Christian University.
  • Remote work is a possibility. Significant travel may be required depending upon geographic location.
  • Self-starter, self-motivated and possess the ability to conceptualize processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement initiatives based on the strategic planning process.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.

Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance. If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Employee must be willing to travel if necessary.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.