Development Officer

Columbia World Projects - Columbia University
New York, United States
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Mar 5, 2024

Position Summary

Columbia Global (CG) is an innovative initiative with a mission to create a strategic platform for meaningful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world. It aims to foster understanding, tackle global challenges, and promote knowledge exchange. CG includes various key global initiatives of the University, such as Columbia World Projects, the Global Centers, The Committee for Global Thought, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination. The initiative is open to expanding further to support and enhance the University’s global activities.  

The Development Officer (DO) reports directly to the Senior Director of Development and is responsible for supporting revenue generation, fundraising and resource development activities for Columbia Global. The DO assists in the implementation of a comprehensive revenue generation strategy and operation. 

The DO collaborates with other members of Columbia Global’s leadership and senior management to develop initiatives that increase Columbia Global’s financial position. They are responsible for implementing activities that increase, diversify, and sustain financial support for Columbia Global from key stakeholders such as individuals, foundations, corporations, bilateral agencies, and government entities. 

The DO will work with the Senior Director to realize strategic direction for funding priorities and targets, donor and partner engagements and business development processes. The DO also ensures smooth engagement, alignment, and coordination of revenue generation with other Columbia Global functions and Columbia University departments, including close collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Development.   


  • Identify and research potential partners and funders, including corporations, foundations, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop and implement plans for engaging potential partners and funders, including outreach, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Develop and deliver effective proposals and presentations that highlight the organization's mission, impact, and funding needs. 
  • Negotiate and execute agreements with partners and funders, including developing budgets and performance metrics in close collaboration with Columbia Global and Columbia University teams.
  • Work closely with Columbia Global staff to ensure that partnership agreements align with programmatic priorities needs.
  • Develop and manage digital systems for tracking, monitoring, and managing the range of processes and procedures required to support revenue generation strategy and plans, including Columbia Global online and the University’s Advance system. 
  • Collaborate with Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation teams to develop and execute effective messaging and branding strategies that support partnership efforts.
  • Monitor and analyze trends in support of revenue targets. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, sales, or business development required, preferably in a nonprofit and/or international organization. 

**This position requires 10-15% travel domestically and internationally. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred. 
  • Demonstrated success in securing major partnerships and grants. 
  • Advanced capabilities in proposal writing, business case development, and pitch deck creation. 
  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills, with the ability to articulate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to use data to inform partnership strategies and decision-making. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong management skills, with the ability to lead and motivate colleagues to achieve revenue and impact goals. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and work effectively with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the organization's mission and values. 

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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