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Senior Major Gifts Officer (3 positions) (7255)

Schenectady, NY - Posted on: Thursday 08/25/16


In preparation for our next campaign, Union College is seeking three Senior Major Gift Officers to inform, engage and solicit a portfolio of prospective donors capable of gifts of $100,000 to $1 million. As members of a team of senior major gift officers, these positions are responsible for specific regions of the United States. Significant travel—including overnights—is an essential component of this position. Union College is investing in the professional development of its gift officers by providing extensive advanced training opportunities to ensure their success. Candidates interested in working remotely from certain regions of the Northeast, rather than from a campus-based office, will be considered.

Responsibilities include: managing an assigned portfolio of 150 prospective donors (including alumni and/or parents of current students), assessing, engaging, and inspiring prospective donors to give to the priorities identified for Union’s next campaign, working independently to arrange 12-15 in-person meetings per month in assigned regions and following-up on those meetings promptly, and working collaboratively and creatively with other College Relations team members, faculty, staff, and volunteers, to plan and implement thoughtful engagement, solicitation and stewardship strategies. The selected candidates will actively contribute to the goals of the team by seeking opportunities to share information, collaborate on successful strategies, and encourage and celebrate the success of colleagues. Selected candidates will also support a volunteer team focused on specific capital and endowment fundraising initiatives, and be expected to know the College’s priorities, programs, and key financial measures in order to best represent the College and advance the College’s interests. Selected candidates are expected to embrace the use of EverTrue and other leading development applications and technology. Regular visits to campus for meetings, events, and continued training for non-campus-based gift officers is required.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years in development (preferably as a front-line gift officer in major gifts) or a related field, demonstrated fund raising success with prospective donors, experience creating and implementing the strategies necessary to inspire donors, experience gained in a successful and substantial fundraising campaign, and the ability to analyze and apply data to effectively manage a portfolio. Candidates must be committed to implementing best practices, demonstrate an adherence to the highest standards of ethical practices, and possess superb communication skills, a demonstrated understanding of higher education issues, optimism, creativity, diligence, and a commitment to collaboration. Candidates must also be willing to travel extensively, work occasional weekends, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the mission of Union College and its role as a small, residential, independent liberal arts college committed to integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering in new and exciting ways.

To Apply:

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only finalists will be notified. Please send cover letter and resume to:

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

Human Resources
Req. # 7255
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Telephone: (518) 388-6108
Fax: (518) 388-6529
Email: hr@union.edu

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

Union College, founded in 1795, is a highly-selective, independent college. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is known for its distinctive blend of the liberal arts and technology. Union College offers its full-time employees an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

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.