Reporting to the Senior Major Gift Officer for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the Leadership Gift Officer identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni and friends of GSAS for unrestricted and restricted gifts for financial aid and professional development and new academic initiatives. Columbia University is in the quiet phase of a fundraising campaign of which the GSAS development unit is responsible for raising $50 million. The Leadership Gift officer will play an invaluable role in the Arts and Sciences campaign, collaborating with Major Gift and Planned Giving Officers in the Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia Alumni Association staff and colleagues throughout the University. Partners with the Dean and senior leadership team within GSAS as warranted.
Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent is required. Minimum of 3-5 years' related experience required, preferably in fundraising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or planned giving or applicable ability Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary
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. Preference given to candidates with a documented record of successfully closing gifts within or near the range of gifts expected from the incumbent
Advanced degree preferred. Experience with higher education fundraising also preferred.
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