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HERC: Metro New York & Southern Connecticut Major Gifts Officer in New Haven, Connecticut

Employer Name: Yale University

  1. Develops cultivation and solicitation strategies for a portfolio of prospects and donors. Builds and manages network of relationships with prospective donors involving University administrators and faculty. Facilitates and coordinates all communication with these prospects and among the prospect's campus relationships. Promotes positive relations with these prospects and donors. 2. Evaluates various gift opportunities and giving vehicles and recommends the most suitable for a particular donor. 3. Interacts with internal contacts such as Deans, Directors, Faculty, Officers, and other Development staff to consult on University needs, to formulate strategies to promote prospect engagement with the University and to identify potential donors. 4. Assist with the strategy for and creation of written communications from various University administrators appropriate to a donor's interests. 5. Typically participates (often in concert with others) in gift solicitations to fund University programs and to enhance the development efforts of the Schools and departments. 6. May travel (possibly extensively) commensurate with Yale's standard expectations for fundraising activity, contact and travel. May involve international travel depending upon prospect assignments. 7. Performs additional development-related activities/efforts at the request of manager. 8. May perform other duties as assigned. Preferred Education: Three-Five years of fundraising experience. Experience fundraising in higher education and moves management systems. Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Three-Five years of fundraising experience. Experience fundraising in higher education and moves management systems. Required Skill/ability 5: Demonstrates initiative, drive and a resourceful and data-driven work ethic. Creative, innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills. The ability to work independently, manage multiple projects effectively and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in a team-oriented, complex environment. Posting Position Title: Development Officer - Principal/Major Gifts Required Skill/ability 3: Ability building and maintaining long-term donor relationships. An active listener with a successful track record of interacting with donors, volunteers, colleagues, faculty and administrators at the highest level. Leverages relationships to implement strategic solicitation of donors for gifts of their full philanthropic capacity. Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day) University Job Title: Major Gifts Officer Required Skill/ability 1: Demonstrated ability in personally and consistently closing five-figure or larger philanthropic gifts from donors. Utilizes industry standard best practices and a donor-centric approach in managing a donor portfolio of 100+ individuals. Determines donor philanthropic interests related to specific fundraising goals. Familiar with donor tracking software. Required Skill/ability 4: Proactive, productive team contributor with a positive attitude and sense of humor. Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take responsibility for outcomes. Persistent, results oriented and driven to succeed. Inspired by challenging individual and team fundraising goals. Required Skill/ability 2: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Exhibits behavioral and linguistic flexibility as well as strong intellectual and social curiosity. Demonstrated ability synthesizing and prioritizing information from a wide array of sources while maintaining an attention to detail and effectively managing overall workflow. Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field and a minimum of four years of experience in fundraising or a related field, preferably in higher education or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
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