The Leadership Gift Officer, General Studies, identifies,
cultivates, and solicits alumni and friends of the School of
General Studies for unrestricted and restricted gifts for financial
aid and academic initiatives focused on undergraduate students,
with an emphasis on securing gifts up to $100,000. These annual
gifts provide important support for financial aid, new academic
initiatives, and ongoing expenses. This position is also
responsible for ensuring the GS annual fund achieves its goals.
Columbia University recently launched a $1.4 million student
support initiative fundraising campaign, of which the GS
development unit is responsible for raising $60 million. The
Leadership Gift officer will play an invaluable role in the Arts
and Sciences campaign, collaborating with Major Gift and Planned
Giving Officers in the Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia
Alumni Association staff and colleagues throughout the University.
Partners with the Dean and senior leadership team within GS as
warranted. This position reports to the Executive Director, Major
Gifts, Arts & Sciences.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Under the guidance of the Executive Director, Major Gifts, Arts
& Sciences, the Leadership Gift Officer manages a portfolio of
- Conducts 125-150 personal visits with a personal annual
production goal of $500,000.
- Focuses on discovery work, including promoting bequest
intentions and other planned giving vehicles.
- Conducts all follow-up development efforts needed to sustain
and advance prospect relationships.
- Responsible for sustaining a productive annual fund on behalf
of GS, which will include but is not limited to partnering with
Annual Fund Programs, Alumni relations, and gift officers across
the Office of Alumni and Development. The Leadership Gift Officer
is expected to be self-motivated, well-organized, a collegial
partner, possess an entrepreneurial spirit and, above all, a
persuasive advocate for Columbia University's priorities.
- Manages a small committee of volunteer fundraisers that help to
solicit high-end annual gifts; acts as a primary liaison to these
committee members to ensure efforts to promote General
- Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of 3-5 years’ related
experience required, preferably in fundraising or related
transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or
planned giving or applicable ability. Excellent writing and
communication skills, tact, sensitivity and mature judgment are
required. Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient,
able to work successfully both individually and as part of a team.
This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as
Advanced degree preferred. Experience with higher education
fundraising also preferred.
Preference given to candidates with a documented record of
successfully closing gifts within or near the range of gifts
expected from the incumbent.
Subject to business needs, the Office of Alumni and
Development supports a hybrid work arrangement for this
position. Options will be discussed during the interview
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