Cornell Law School, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for a Major Gift Associate to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in the appealing city of Ithaca, NY. This person will support the Law School's Individual Giving Officers, each of whom manages a portfolio of donors or prospective donors with the potential to make gifts of between $250K and $10 million. The Major Gift Associate will also implement a stewardship plan at the major and principal gifts level and assist with writing for the dean, associate dean and leadership volunteers.
The Major Gifts Associate will be a key driver in the success of the Law School's individual giving efforts. As part of a close-knit and collaborative team, this role offers an opportunity for intellectual challenge and creativity, as well as considerable variety and the chance to work directly with outstanding faculty and inspiring students. Situated on the border of College Town and West Campus, the Law School complex is home to a small but highly-diverse and vibrant community engaged in teaching, learning and public service.
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.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Provide written communication for diverse audiences including background and supporting materials, correspondence, proposals, stewardship pieces, gift documentation, and nominations.
Assist Major Gift Officers with prospect development and stewardship by building strategies and facilitating connections for the MGO with university stakeholders, crafting campus visit itineraries, and providing event coordination and support.
Conduct prospect research as necessary.
Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of Law School and university priorities, programs, and initiatives, as well as AAD programs and possible engagement opportunities for alumni, parents and friends.
Coordinate workflow for an assigned group of IGOs in conjunction with relevant Administrative Assistants and others in Alumni Affairs & Development in the completion of tasks to facilitate prospect activity.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
Must have 3-5 years of work experience, or equivalent, in a relevant field.
Must have strong interpersonal skills and effective communication skills, both written and oral.
The ability to use persuasive writing is a must.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision.
Ability to problem-solve, research, evaluate and synthesize information for the intended audience.
Must be well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize assignments for completion in a timely manner.
Must be able to exercise strong judgment, conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner, and work with highly sensitive and confidential information.
Ability to work with multiple team members' styles in an effective and collegial manner.
Ability to work with individuals from across the university, at all levels, as well as with key alumni, donors, and volunteers.
Must have demonstrated ability to use computer software applications, databases, networked informational systems, and the Internet
Experience in higher education, healthcare, or a similarly complex environment.
*To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
University Job Title:
Gift Associate II
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