Major Gifts Officer

Leadership Gifts

Full Time - Benefit Eligible

Grade E2


Primary duties of the Major Gifts Officer include establishing and managing effective relationships with major donor prospects and existing major donors. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for building and enhancing relationships with approximately 150 donor prospects, designing and implementing prospect cultivation and solicitation strategies using work plans and stewardship plans, organizing and leading volunteers, and securing private philanthropic gifts in support of the mission of the College. In addition, the Major Gifts Officer will focus on enhancing the College's mission to engage with alumni from diverse backgrounds.


A Bachelor's degree with two to four years fundraising experience is required; A Master's degree with two to four years fundraising experience and at least two years of major gifts experience is preferred. Candidates should have proven successful experience in individual fund raising and in dealing with major gift prospects, a commitment to higher education, a strong desire to associate with Union College and a willingness to champion the college's mission, an understanding of college culture and the college's decision making and program development processes. Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends is also required.


Please apply in person, via fax, U.S. Mail or email:

Human Resources
Req. # 7063
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Telephone: (518) 388-6108
Fax: (518) 388-6529

Please submit all electronic application materials as a single pdf or doc file.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity.

Union College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s).

Union College’s strategic plan highlights the role of diversity in providing an effective education for the 21st century at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Diversifying the student body, the faculty, the administration, the staff and the curriculum requires a commitment to honor our mission and advance our goals. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and national origin.