Development and Planned Giving Officer

Office of Institutional Advancement

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for Development & Planned Giving Officer. The Development and Planned Giving Officer has the responsibility for solicitation and stewardship of donors, managing a portfolio of up to 150 individuals and prospects.  This position will also include completing necessary prospect research and developing strategies for cultivation and solicitation of planned giving prospects and major donors, while maintaining up to date records in Blackburn’s RE NXT.  Working as a part of a team, this individual will serve as a staff liaison with alumni donor groups, especially in projects related to capital campaigns.

A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree or relevant advanced certifications are preferred. At least one year of experience in not-for-profit fundraising, including direct donor solicitation, or equivalent experience in areas such as sales and higher education admissions work, is required; 3-4 years of experience would be preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs and sheets, and database programs is also necessary. Desired capabilities include excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as being team-oriented, possessing strong time management skills, and having the ability to work independently and be self-directed. The ability and willingness to travel domestically at least 50% of the time to visit prospects and donors and to mentor/supervise student worker(s) as assigned are also required.  Candidates with experience in planned giving are strongly encouraged to apply.

Blackburn College seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.

Please send a letter of application addressing the above expectations, including a description of what diversity means to you, a resume, and the names/addresses/telephone numbers/email addresses of three to five references to: Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 110, Carlinville, IL 62626 or email Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Phone calls or walk-ins are not accepted.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small rural community. Carlinville has been listed as one of the “Best Small Towns in America.” It is the seat of Macoupin County and is within an easy drive to St. Louis, Missouri, and Springfield, Illinois.