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Major Gifts Officer (2 roles)

Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, United States
$116,200.00 - $130,100.00
Closing date
Mar 14, 2024

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

Title: Major Gifts Officer  

Location: Midtown  

Org Unit: Individual Giving 

Work Days: Monday-Friday 

Exemption Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $116,200.00 - $130,100.00  

*As required under NYC Human Rights Law Int 1208-2018 - Salary range for this role when Hired for NYC Offices 

Position Summary

Undertakes campaign and departmental fundraising activities in support of Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM). Working with department chairmen, faculty, senior administrators, and volunteers, the Major Gift Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors at the level of $100,000 and above.

Job Responsibilities
  • Maintains current knowledge of funding needs within the scope of responsibility; identifies prospective donors for those needs.
  • Plans strategies from cultivation activity to gift closure, and implements that strategy in coordination with appropriate persons; reports progress toward achievement.
  • Participates in face‐to‐face briefings, solicitations, and gift negotiations in partnership with the Dean of WCM, dept. chairs, faculty, volunteers, etc.
  • Ensures the proper acknowledgment and recognition for assigned donors. Monitors stewardship activities, implements reporting schedules, coordinates recognition events, etc.
  • Works with donor recognition staff to coordinate, devise, and obtain approval for recognition plans and designs.
  • Staffs volunteer committees, serving as the committee members’ primary liaison to the institution; plans and leads committee meetings; facilitates the successful realization of a committee’s goals.
  • Communicates with faculty about campaign priorities and departmental needs. Conveys departmental needs by way of proposals, briefings, and other written materials. Serves as primary point person for physicians in donor relations.
  • Actively works to upgrade major gift donors to the principal gifts ($1 million+) level.
  • Bachelor's Degree in related field
  • Approximately 3-5 years of direct fundraising experience, preferably in an academic/medical setting or comparable environment.
  • Experience with fundraising database programs such as BBEC, Raiser’s Edge and BENefactor highly desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Flexibility and skill in working with physicians, colleagues, and donors in a complex organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong grasp of fundraising concepts.
  • Fundraising experience in an academic medical setting.
Licenses and Certifications Working Conditions/Physical Demands
  • Some evening and weekend work.
  • Significant travel within NYC and some out-of-town travel.


Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians and scientists 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, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Behavioral Health Center, 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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