Gift Officer, Leadership Giving

Yale University | New Haven, Connecticut

Job Summary

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose: Develops and implements cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of approximately 600 potential donors to raise leadership annual and capital gifts to the University. Facilitates and coordinates communication and positive interactions with prospects and donors as well as among the prospects' campus relationships. Travel (possibly extensively) to meet with donors, prospects and volunteers.


  1. Qualifies, cultivates and solicits Yale alumni capable of making leadership annual and capital gifts to the University.
  2. Devises and implements cultivation and solicitation strategies and meets activity and revenue goals by planning, managing and maintaining an aggressive travel schedule. Executes cultivation methods to solicit gifts. Raises leadership annual and capital gifts to fund university priorities.
  3. Develops and implements retention strategies to upgrade donors. Recognizes disinterested donors and devises strategies to redirect their interests.
  4. Participates in execution of events and programs in support of development activities. Engages key volunteers and effectively utilizes events and other activities to move solicitations forward. Conducts appropriate stewardship activities to further enhance the relationship between assigned donors and Yale. Initiates and maintains contact to promote positive donor relations.
  5. Solicits leadership annual and capital gifts working with donors directly and working with department colleagues and volunteers.
  6. Qualifies prospects for potential major gift capacity and interest. Provides appropriate background on prospects to be assigned to Major Gift portfolios.
  7. Effectively communicates progress of cultivation efforts and results of visits to appropriate personnel.
  8. Exercises good judgment in discussing alumni, issues and results. Maintains composure and calm demeanor in difficult situations.
  9. Acts as liaison between various university departments and donors.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:  Bachelor's Degree and three to five years of fund raising or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications: Valid Driver's license


  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills required to relate to donors, volunteers and colleagues, including tact, diplomacy, discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality inside and outside the Office of Development.
  • Initiative and self-starting capacity. Excellent fundraising, negotiating, organizational and analytical skills, with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand the objectives of University fundraising priorities, and to integrate goals with those objectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.


Salary is commensurate with experience. 

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

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