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Major Gift Officer

University of Miami
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 7, 2023
The Philanthropy Officer will work with the Sr. Director, Development to manage the fundraising activities for the Musculoskeletal Health Programs – Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Physical Therapy. The Philanthropy Officer will serve as a critical member of the Medical Development team working to secure philanthropic gifts to advance priorities supporting the Miller School of Medicine.    

 Essential Responsibilities:

Among the administrative and operational responsibilities, the Philanthropy Officer will:


  • Identify prospective donors and funding sources, in conjunction with faculty and staff, and develop cultivation and solicitation plans, involving the aforementioned groups and volunteers, as appropriate. 

  • Ensure regular communications and stewardship with donors, including re-solicitations, proper acknowledgement of gifts and pledge payments, reporting, visiting, and providing regular information on the progress of the departments.

  • Assist donors, prospects and other select individuals with appointments, scheduling and other necessary facilitation through clinical encounters.

  • Maintain communications with colleagues in medical departments, other schools and central development to ensure effective collaborations and synergy in achieving the university’s key fundraising goals and objectives.

  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of the Department’s needs, both general and specific to various programs and departments.

  • Document all contacts, communications, visits, and proposals in i-BIS and other appropriate donor files.

Measurements of Success for Philanthropy Officer:

  • Demonstrate significant and continuous progress toward campaign or multi-year project goals. Dollar goals established with supervisor. 

  • Reach departmental yearly cash fundraising goals (team goal). Dollar goals established with supervisor. 

  • Make an appropriate amount of substantive cultivation and solicitation actions toward closing gifts. Numbers established with supervisor. 

  • Reach individual yearly goals for “number and amounts solicited” and “number and amounts funded.” Reach additional goals as acting as a collaborator. Number established with supervisor. 

  • Manage an appropriate number of active prospects and active proposals. Number and amounts to be established with supervisor. 



Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of demonstrated successful experience in fundraising and fundraising management, preferably in higher education or health care.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Outstanding oral and written communication skills are necessary along with the ability to be highly organized, creative, energetic, and assertive and exhibit the independent judgment and personal integrity necessary to carry out a senior management role in fundraising.  A teamwork-oriented approach to colleagues and proven ability to partner in a positive and constructive environment are essential.


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