POSITION FILLED – Leadership Gift Officer







Edited/Updated: December 12, 2023

Position Available:  Leadership Gift Officer (LGO)

Position Reports to:  Director of Leadership and Planned Giving

Department:  Advancement

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Full-time; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; some evenings and weekends are required; extensive travel required


Please apply online:  Franciscan University Staff Positions



The Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) responsibilities are to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward a portfolio of current and future donors who are capable of making a leadership gift >$10K or a planned gift ads defined by the University. The LGO works collaboratively with colleagues at Franciscan University and represents all of Franciscan University’s programs while working with alumni, parents, friends, staff and faculty in helping them focus on matching each of their interests with the appropriate gift opportunities.


Performance will be largely measured by the degree of success in securing leadership gift commitments.




  1. Implement prospecting plan/strategy to build and expand a leadership and futureplanned giving portfolio.
  2. Identify, cultivate and ask Franciscan University constituents who are capable of making a leadership gift to the University.
  3. Develop, create and present leadership gift proposals for consideration according to the benefactor’s interest, financial situation, and the University’s giving priorities.
  4. Initiate and maintain (Steward) relationships centered on conversion with current and specific benefactors.
  5. Collaborate with employees of the University in order to identify University needs, to create proposals, to formulate proposal strategies and identify potential benefactors.
  6. Develop and monitor annual strategy to market and promote leadership giving and future planned giving opportunities with the help of the Director for Leadership and Planned Giving specifically for leadership gifts as well as annuities, estate gifts, etc.
  7. Help Support the planning, preparation, and execution planned giving events (Workshops, Virtual Presentations) in support of Advancement Department goals.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.



Must believe, promote and have a strong commitment to the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

  • Believes, promotes and has a strong commitment to the mission of Franciscan University.
  • 3-5 years of fundraising, including major solicitations, sales, or related experience with a proven track record of success



  • High energy level, self confident and resilient
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Knows how to work within a team environment
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent active listening, persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Can be consistently counted on to follow through, meet commitments and deliver results
  • Displays initiative; does not wait to be told or asked to do something


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desired.


Technical Skills

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software systems is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


Workplace Factors

  • Extensive travel required.
  • Some evenings and weekends are required, driven by events and benefactor availability.


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:  Franciscan University Staff Positions


For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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