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Principal Gifts Officer (Remote Flexibility)

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 14, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Colgate University

Principal Gifts Officer (Remote Flexibility)

Requisition Number: 2022S064Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Office of Advancement
Department: Office of Advancement

Department Statement:
Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking a dynamic Principal Gifts Officer to play an integral role in helping to grow a successful principal gifts program. Founded in 1819, Colgate is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship.
Colgate University has now entered its Third Century and the strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement continues. On an annual basis, more than 56% of Colgate’s alumni engage with the University through philanthropy, volunteering, or engaging at online and in person programs, including signature events like Reunion that draws in more than 2500 alumni and guests. This tradition of philanthropy paired with strong levels of alumni affinity position Colgate well for even greater success, as the Vice President and his team prepare to lead the community into a historic and comprehensive campaign to help execute the Third Century Plan.
The person in this role will be responsible for the discovery, development and management of a personal portfolio of individuals who are capable of making gifts at a principal-gift level (seven figures or greater). The ideal candidate will possess extraordinary communication skills and be an open, achievement-oriented professional. The best-matched candidate will be expected to understand Colgate University’s history and feel comfortable leveraging it’s past to meet its ambitious future goals.
The successful candidate will be an equity-minded person who embraces and cultivates a culture of diversity and inclusion and who demonstrates a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in the University community. The individual should be willing to contribute to a community that is committed to being inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused, which requires collaboration among faculty, staff and students, alumni and families.

Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with principal gift constituents as assigned to increase levels of engagement, annual giving and campaign support utilizing effective prospect qualification, cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Responsible for demonstrating respect for people and their differences, as well as the benefits of a diverse workforce, and the value of open and collegial dialogue.
Responsible for effectively accessing and navigating relevant technology systems used in advancement, and utilizing data as a resource in decision-making while maintaining respect for the security of private or confidential information. Responsible for developing strong working relationships with Office of Advancement colleagues, University administrators, faculty and staff to professionally address both opportunities and concerns.
Accountable for meeting performance metrics, including visits and virtual connections, proposals, and effective stewardship contacts to monitor and support relationships.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for higher education and have at least 10-12 years of related experience, including a strong prior track record in cultivating and securing gifts in the seven to eight-figure range across a wide range of assets and gift arrangements.
  • This individual will have a demonstrated track record of successful partnerships with top-level donors and key volunteer stakeholders
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, creativity and attention to detail
  • Ability to articulate the value of higher education
  • Ability to work with prospects and prospects’ advisors to structure philanthropic plans coordinated with the prospects’ financial, tax and estate planning
  • An understanding of the important role of diversity, inclusion, and equity to advancement
  • Ability to operate independently, exercise sound judgment, and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to collaborate closely with colleagues in development and across departments
  • Proficiency in CRMs and/or databases is required. Experience with Blackbaud products appreciated
  • The successful candidate will be a strategic, organized, enthusiastic team player who employs creative problem solving.

Preferred Qualifications
Development experience in higher education, especially in a campaign setting

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Other Information
Candidates can be based in/near Hamilton, NY. Remote work will be considered for individuals who reside in or near the major metro areas of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and DC.

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with periodic overnights and weekends.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary
Diversity Statement:
Colgate has a diverse student, faculty, staff, and alumni population representing a variety of races, gender identities, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, national origins, etc. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.

Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph or page). You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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