Regional Gift Officer

  • Full Time
  • Ithaca, NY, US
  • $77,676/yr - $90,272/yr USD / Year

Cornell University

Position: Regional Gift Officer

Industry: Education

Employment: Full Time

Experience:3 to 5 year

Qualification: Degree holder

Salary: $77,676/yr – $90,272/yr

Location: Ithaca, NY, US

Company: Cornell University


Regional Gift Officer

Cornell University ·

About the job

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a Regional Gift Officers to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in the Ithaca, NY based office.

Reporting to the Director of Discovery, the Regional Gift Officer is integral to growing the number of newly qualified donors who can support Cornell at the major gifts level by meeting with a high number of new prospects each year and soliciting leadership gifts and pledges.

The Regional Gift Officer primarily works with U.S.-based alumni, friends, and parents. Primary performance goals include number of discovery meetings, nominations to major gifts, and new gifts and commitments.

The Discovery Team launched in January 2021 as Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development’s newest fundraising team, dedicated to finding and growing our donors and developing frontline fundraising skills and talent.

We seek fast-paced, creative, analytical fundraisers to help us accomplish this mission.

Our team members bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to our work and embrace new ideas and approaches.

Discovery team members are empowered to take ownership of their work and benefit from regular peer feedback and ongoing skills development training to continuously learn and improve.

At the same time, we strongly encourage team members to take measures to ensure personal well-being and balance.

If you are entrepreneurial, mission-driven, and eager to develop your fundraising skills with a team, then this is a great opportunity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducts 200 meetings with prospects each year, with the expectation that at least 150 visits are discovery-oriented with new prospects to qualify their interest and capacity in supporting Cornell philanthropically.
  • Manages a portfolio of 50 to 75 qualified prospects who have the capacity to make gifts of $10,000 or higher and multi-year commitments of $100,000 or higher.
  • Cultivates and solicits portfolio prospects with the goal to move these prospects to major gifts portfolios in under 3 years.
  • Based on a combination of their discovery meetings and portfolio prospects, the regional gift officer regularly nominates prospects to be moved to major gifts portfolios.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 3-5 years’ development or sales experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Effective organizational skills, strong detail orientation, and ability to work independently.
  • Proven skills as a collaborative team member. Commitment to values that support Cornell’s mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship.
  • Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed upon targets for activity and fundraising goals.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, up to 25% of staff time, and to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office and knowledge of relational database management systems and ability to work with complex data for analysis (experience with PeopleSoft and OBIEE a plus).

Rewards and Benefits

  • Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Benefits include:
  • Comprehensive health care options
  • Access to wellness programs
  • Employee discounts with local and national retail brands
  • Generous retirement contributions
  • Leave provisions including three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays
  • Impressive educational benefits including tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance program
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  • This position is based in Ithaca, NY with hybrid work arrangements (2:3 in office to remote ratio).

No Visa Sponsorship is available for this position.

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