Major Gifts Officer

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Remote



Full time

Nov 11

The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement (PAE) is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join a progressive team within our Individual Giving and Alumni Relations, Health Sciences. This role: provides direct fundraising services to former residents and fellow alumni of the University of Pittsburgh's School of MedicineIs expected to fundraise from UPMC former trainees that are evaluated with the capacity to donate $100,000 or more and build a diverse and sustainable portfolio. Participates and/or provides leadership in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of fundraising projects and programs to meet established development goals as well as personally identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and prospects in accordance with performance targets. Manages a portfolio of approximately 125-150 major gift prospects. Solicits major gifts through meetings, calls and correspondence in order to obtain and/or increase donor contributions and identifies new prospects for cultivation. Develops long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donors' interests, passions, and values. Works with departments and faculty to successfully solicit gifts of $100,000 and above. A strong orientation to collaboration is required along with an enthusiasm for maintaining relationships with departmental leadership, faculty, and colleagues.

Qualifications: Skills in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Demonstrated ability in securing gifts and pledges from individuals. Demonstrated ability in planning and implementing long-and short-range development initiatives to meet established priorities. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies. Working knowledge of a variety of fundraising strategies and methods. Ability to foster effective working relationships within a team environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively one-on-one and to small groups. Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, and others. A background in academic medicine, health care and/or higher education is preferred but not required for the candidate who enjoys new challenges and is eager to pursue a role in philanthropy. Flexible hybrid work opportunities may be available for this position.

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 fosters an intentionally inclusive workforce through a diversity framework that commits to collaborating and expanding the culture, identity, and wholeness of every staff member in measurable and deliberate ways.

Required: Minimum of 7 years related experience and a Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Specific track record in major gift solicitation, planned giving, and volunteer management. Other applicable work experience (especially positions in direct contact with customers) will be considered. Master's degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and transferable/relatable experience will be considered per University guidelines. A current TB test and drug screen will be required as a condition of employment.

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

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 6-9 years experience

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

Work Arrangement Hybrid: Combination of On-Campus and Remote work as determined by the department.

Hiring Range TBD Based Upon Qualifications

Relocation Offered No

Visa Sponsorship Provided No

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable

Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter

Optional Documents Not Applicable

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