Drew University is seeking a New York City-based Major Gift Officer in the University Advancement Department. Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Giving, the Major Gift Officer serves as senior-level, front-facing University representative to individuals and will manage a portfolio of alumni, parents, and friends of Drew, the majority of whom work and/or live in Manhattan. Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of prospective and current donors capable of making leadership gifts of $100,000 – $1,000,000 in support of Drew University’s institutional priorities and academic programs. Works in collaboration with the Executive Director for Individual Giving, the Vice President for University Advancement, and the portfolio management staff to develop individual cultivation and solicitation strategies. We are seeking a seasoned, mature professional, ideally with a keen interest in higher education, who will work on a part-time basis and will be free to pursue other projects simultaneously. The Gift Officer will be expected to spend most of the time independently in the field to solicit, close, and steward leadership level gifts. They will be officially headquartered in the regional advancement office in New York City, and will also have access to office space on Drew’s beautiful campus in Madison, NJ.
Conduct visits with prospective, current and lapsed donors, traveling regionally or nationally, to advance conversations about current and deferred gifts to the University. This travel may occasionally require the presence of other members of the Drew community, including faculty, senior university leadership, and/or volunteers.
Working in collaboration with the Executive Director for Individual Giving, the Vice President for University Advancement, develop individual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of current and prospective donors capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more in support of Drew University’s institutional priorities and academic programs.
Work closely with campus partners to develop proposals; prepare materials; arrange for visits to campus; or otherwise engage and steward prospective donors, based on their interest in supporting Drew University’s institutional priorities.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Individual Giving
Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
8+ years of experience as a fundraiser, preferably in Higher Education
Proven track record of closing six and seven-figure gifts
Superb organization and project management skills
Ability to be highly independently motivated
Track record of confidentiality and discretion
Strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.
Must possess a growth and entrepreneurial mindset with a nimble and flexible attitude
Ideal Education and Experience
Experience working in Higher Education
Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Banner with an ability to quickly gain proficiency in a new CRM
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Cover letter with minimum salary requirements
Contact information of 3 professional references
About Drew University:
Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.
To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.
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About Drew University
Drew University's highest priority is excellence in liberal education in a changing world environment. This priority guides the planning, implementing, and evaluating of the programs and activities of the University as well as the stewardship of its varied resources.