Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a senior-level Major Gifts Officer, remotely based in LA county, to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division. The Major Gift Officer establishes and advances strong relationships with alumni and friends of Cornell with the aim of generating philanthropic contributions of $250,000 or more to benefit the University. The Major Gift Officer works from a home office in the Los Angeles Area, acting as a key member of Cornell University's west-located Alumni Affairs and Development team.
Cornell provides exceptional benefits that include professional development, wellness programs, health care options, generous paid leave provisions, 12 holidays, employee education options, a retirement program, and Children's Tuition Assistance. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Develop and utilize an annual work plan to manage a prospect pool of 100-150 households.
Meet visit-goals (comprised of both in-person and remote), set annually based on multiple factors including the maturity, geographic distribution, and complexity of the portfolio. Demonstrate steady progress toward other metrics, such as the number of solicitations and funds raised per year.
Work in partnership with campus colleagues and Major Gift Associates to create attractive, appealing giving opportunities and proposals for major gifts solicitations.
Encourage creative, non-territorial thinking to determine next steps to further individual relationships with Cornell.
Report and document strategies, actions, and Cornell interests as well as ensuring all information relevant to assigned prospects is accurate and current in the university's fundraising software (Peoplesoft).
In collaboration with the major gifts services center staff, create gift acknowledgments, executive briefings, presidential correspondences, as well as prospect nominations for volunteer leadership and awards.
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 judgment, valid driver's license; capable of independent work in a home office setting located in the Los Angeles Area; ability to 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 interests in same; knowledge of the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley business and philanthropy culture is preferred.
*Sponsorship not available for this role
-Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
-Limited exposure to hazards
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