Major Gifts Officer (Remote or Hybrid Optional)

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Remote



Aug 3

PAE-Office of the Vice Chancellor - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (22006300)

The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement is seeking a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join a progressive team central in central major gifts. This position is expected to fundraise from prospective donors evaluated with the capacity to donate $100,000 or more as well as build a diverse and sustainable portfolio. In order to effectively manage critical relationships with current and prospective donors to meet both short and long-term fundraising objectives for the University, the MGO will consistently initiate contacts with potential major donors, develop and execute strategies to cultivate and maintain relationships, and solicit and close major gifts. Must be willing to travel at least 30% of the time. Flexible hybrid and/or remote work opportunities may be available for this position.

The primary objective of a MGO is to develop long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donors' interests, passions, and values. The responsibilities are focused on fundraising from prospective donors evaluated with the capacity to donate$100,000 or more and include:

securing face-to-face meetings to confirm the giving capacity of the potential donor and to assess their interest in providing philanthropic support to the University.

designing and completing cultivation tasks

collaborating with colleagues in other divisions, including those within the broader Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, other academic units, Athletics, and other units across the university

creating and executing complex multi-dimensional strategies to involve prospects across Pitt Business and/or other entities within Pitt that lead to major gifts

creating endowment and pledge agreements

creating and implementing stewardship strategies

maintaining accurate records in PAE's database system

Experience with or knowledge of underserved populations is a plus

The Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement (PAE) cultivates relationships with contributors, alumni, and other constituents on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, generating support for teaching, research, and care. As the hub for development and alumni relations efforts, PAE contributes to a bold, vibrant, and diverse academic community.

Primarily, we focus on:

• Philanthropy to the University and UPMC which drives innovation and enhances opportunities for students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians.

• Alumni relationships expressed across a community of 318,000 alumni spanning the globe.

This purposeful, collaborative work-supported by your engagement and giving-ensures that Pitt and UPMC grow stronger each year, benefitting this community, our region, and the wider world.

PAE is committed to building a culturally diverse staff. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of an inclusive community are required.

Bachelor's degree required. Master's preferred. Superior verbal and written skills. Must be able and willing to travel extensively outside of the Western Pennsylvania area.

At least 5-7 years in fund raising or comparable experience. Internship in a college or university development operation may be substituted for professional work experience. Knowledge and experience building strategic partnerships internally and externally and leveraging relationships to advance strategic objectives.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

Assignment Category Full-time regular

Job Classification Staff.Development.III

Campus Pittsburgh

Minimum Education Level Required Baccalaureate

Minimum Experience Level Required 5-6 years experience

Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications

Relocation Offered No

Visa Sponsorship Provided No

Background Check No

Child Protection Clearances For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Required Documents Not Applicable

Optional Documents Resume, Cover Letter

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