Principal Gifts Officer

Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 20, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Summary

Identifies, cultivates, solicits, closes, and stewards principal gifts ($1 million+). Works closely with faculty, volunteers (e.g., board members) and staff to develop principal gift opportunities. Specific assignments will be made to develop good working relationships with valued institutional campaign players.

Job Responsibilities
  • Manages a portfolio of up to 60 significant prospects, at the $5 million or above level, including strategy, cultivation, solicitation and the closing of key gifts. 
  • Builds and nurtures effective working relationships with faculty, administration, volunteers (e.g., board members) and staff.
  • Manages various volunteer initiatives such as events or committees.
  • • Serves as an effective spokesperson and representative for WCM and for the campaign. Stays abreast of clinical, research, education and administrative initiatives at the institutional level and in respective areas of responsibility.
  • Works with donor recognition staff to devise, coordinate, and obtain approval for recognition plans and designs
  • Collaborates with Corporations and Foundations staff to pursue institutional donors as well as Planned Giving staff to encourage planned gifts from current Principal Gift donors.
  • Hires, supervises, and appraises Development Officer, Major Gifts Officer, and/or Development Associate.
  • Bachelor's Degree in related field

Six years progressive development experience with demonstrated success soliciting and closing gifts greater than $1 million.

Familiarity with all facets of development, including capital campaigns, and a demonstrable understanding of how to manage a portfolio of highly-rated prospects.

Experience working with board members and key leaders preferred.

Successful experience directly supporting capital campaign volunteers (or other organizational leadership, such as boards, management, or physicians).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Outstanding leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork, respect, and excellence.
  • Ability to build and nurture effective working relationships with physicians, colleagues and donors.
  • Demonstrated appreciation and understanding of Weill Cornell's mission and the ability to effectively communicate it.
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Strong strategic abilities, highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, donor database programs such as BENefactor, Raisers Edge, Blackbaud.
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Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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