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Major Gift Officer — Gettysburg campus
Posted September 13, 2017    Deadline October 6, 2017
Position Description: Major_Gift_Officer_Aug_2017

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), the newest graduate and professional school in theological education, is accepting applications for the position of Major Gift Officer, to be located on the Gettysburg Campus.

A seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), ULS officially opened on July 1, 2017 and the seminary’s first president, the Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini, was announced in April after a national search and began her presidency on July 1st. ULS consolidates two historic, Pennsylvania seminaries from Gettysburg and Philadelphia as a single school with two campuses. The 53-acre Gettysburg Campus is situated adjacent to Gettysburg National Park and features the award-winning Seminary Ridge Museum and the Town and Country Church Institute. Gettysburg has historically served ELCA students who are enrolled full-time and are primarily residential. The Philadelphia Campus is located on a 14-acre campus in the Mt. Airy neighborhood, just nine miles from Center City. Philadelphia has served the Black Church community for more than 35 years through the Urban Theological Institute and more than half of its students come from denominations other than the ELCA, with many part-time students attending evening and weekend classes. A record number of new students enrolled at United Lutheran Seminary this fall, bringing the total student enrollment to more than 325 students across both campuses.

The Major Gift Officer – Gettysburg Campus, reports to the Vice President for Advancement and is responsible for engaging donors through an intentional process of personal communication and invitation to community that establishes positive relationships and secures the financial commitments necessary to support the mission and strategic initiatives of the seminary. Key among these initiatives is the seminary’s commitment to provide full-tuition support for all ELCA students who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity program and who are engaged with their synods and bishops in the process necessary to become ordained ELCA pastors.


  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward an assigned portfolio caseload of 150 donors through individual contact, personal communication and planned events.
  • Work collaboratively with the vice president for advancement, and staff in alumni relations, annual fund, and advancement communications, to plan and implement targeted and effective outreach and communication activities to expand the size of the prospective donor pool and increase the level of financial support for the seminary.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with Advancement staff to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies and objectives of the Advancement strategic and operational plans.
  • Requires significant travel with an expectation of 12 donor appointments each month.
  • Provide timely updates to contact reports through Raiser’s Edge software, maintain appropriate records, participate in ongoing training and maintenance of skills related to database management and usage, and prepare monthly activity reports.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge about the seminary’s initiatives and activities to best represent the practices and priorities of United Lutheran Seminary and the Office of Advancement to constituents.

Position Description: Major_Gift_Officer_Aug_2017

Contact: Human Resources

United Lutheran Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Tel. 717-338-3001