Posted on July 4, 2012
Senior Major Gift Officer, Arts and Sciences
Columbia University - Senior Major Gift Officer, Arts and Sciences
Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, Columbia College & Arts and Sciences, in Columbia University's central office of the Office of Alumni and Development, the Senior Major Gifts Officer identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni, parents and friends of the Arts and Sciences Core Schools: Columbia College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and General Studies. Columbia University in the midst of a $5 billion fundraising campaign of which the Arts and Sciences development unit is responsible for raising $1.3 billion for endowed scholarships, fellowships and professorships, as well as unrestricted and restricted current use purposes. The Major Gifts team plays a central role in the Arts and Sciences campaign, collaborating with University officials, faculty, the Vice President for Development, the Columbia College Annual Fund team, campaign volunteers, and colleagues throughout the Alumni and Development community.
Each Senior Major Gifts Officer is responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of 120 major and principal gift prospects seeking to raise donations of $3 million or more on an annual basis. Senior Major Gifts Officers qualify prospects and cultivate potential contributors; design, and develop solicitation strategies: identify gift opportunities that match donors' interests; and personally solicit gifts and continually stewards major gift donors. Senior Major Gift Officer is expected to achieve and document 125 prospect visits per year as well as achieve 15 asks of $250,000 or above per year.
Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of five to seven years of related experience required.
Excellent writing and communication skills, tact, sensitivity and mature judgment are required. Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient, able to work successfully both individually and as part of a team. This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary. Advanced degree preferred. Preference given to candidates with a documented record of successfully closing gifts within or near the range of gifts expected from the incumbent. Five to seven years of related experience required, preferably in fund raising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or capital giving or applicable ability. Experience with higher education fund-raising also preferred.
To apply for this position and for a complete description, please visit: https://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=130795
Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. MINORITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.