Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. Since 1865, the university has honored its founding mission of teaching, discovery and public engagement.
Within the university, the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) facilitates lifelong relationships between alumni, parents, and friends and the university. The 350 staff members within this division embrace an unwavering commitment to donor-centric fundraising and collaboration. As Cornell University prepares for its next phase, and a major campaign, opportunities to expand the division's network in the west, to benefit our community and our campus, are great.
Recognizing its growing constituencies in the west, the AAD Division is developing its staff presence in the region. The West Coast team includes seven professionals working from home-offices, who are maximally located to support Cornell's constituencies. The Major Gift Officer (MGO) works from his/her home office, reporting to the Assistant Vice President, West Coast (Bay Area-based). The MGO is a front-line fund-raising professional responsible for managing the relationships of as many as 150 households including alumni, parents and friends. The MGO designs and executes individualized cultivation and solicitation strategies to support Cornell priorities, developing meaningful relationships on behalf of Cornell University.
Rewards & Benefits
*Support from a visionary leadership team *An inclusive community of talented individuals, engaged in purposeful work *Competitive compensation, generous vacation, health and personal leave *The flexibility to work for a top-ranked, Ivy League university from your Los Angeles-based home *Impressive educational benefits, including: tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program Benefits at Cornell.
What you will do:
As a valued member of the West Coast AA&D team, you will represent Cornell University as you build relationships with alumni and friends capable of significant philanthropic investment at the $250,000 level and above. Your work will support and advance the university's core educational and research objectives.
Skills and Abilities:
We welcome a career oriented individual with the drive to succeed who enjoys being part of a team, and is able to work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies, while demonstrating cultural sensitivity and a strong respect for differences. We seek candidates with seven to ten or more years of fundraising experience and a successful track record in raising major gifts.
Bachelor's degree; 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, alumni affairs or business development;proven experience working with volunteers in support of an institutional mission; ability to manage complex and competing demands; ability to synthesize unstructured information for the purpose of communicating key priorities and gift opportunities; ability to balance the expectations of an independent contributor role while collaborating as a member of a high-performing team; exceptional oral and written communication skills; orientation to results; organizational skills; good judgement, valid driver's license; capable of independent work in a home office setting located in the Los Angeles Area; this role requires local travel within California, and 25-30 days of travel outside of California annually.
Seven plus years of experience in a front-line fundraising capacity; experience and knowledge of development and alumni relations in a complex environment, preferably a research university setting; familiarity with a relational database and experience using donor information to prioritize among potential prospects; experience serving as a volunteer; commitment to higher education and interest in same; knowledge of the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley business and philanthropy cultures is preferred.
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