Major Gifts Officer

University of Pittsburgh

Website University of Pittsburgh

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. The primary focus with PAE is:

  • 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 donor engagement and giving—ensures that Pitt and UPMC grow stronger each year, benefitting this community, our region, and the wider world.

The division of PAE at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Major Gift Officer (MGO) to join a progressive team. The MGO will raise major gifts at the $100,000+ level and build a diverse and sustainable portfolio of fundraising prospects. This individual will work with alumni and friends in an assigned geographic territory and will include assessing the market, prioritizing outreach, creating engagement opportunities, building a pipeline of prospective major donors, soliciting and closing major gifts. The MGO must consistently initiate contacts with potential major gift donors, develop and execute strategies to develop and deepen relationships among a diverse range of alumni, parents and friends of Pitt. Travel is required. Experience with or knowledge of underserved populations is a plus.

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. 5-7 years of fundraising experience required. 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 a professional work environment or college or university environment, with experience in a development operation is required. Internship in a college or university development operation will be evaluated to determine the level and years’ of transferable work experience. Knowledge and experience working in a non-profit fundraising environment, as well as building strategic partnerships internally and externally and leveraging relationships to advance strategic objectives is preferred.

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