Sr. Major Gifts Officer

Leadership Gifts

Full Time Benefit Eligible | Grade E3 - Salary Commensurate with Experience |


Union College is seeking a Senior Major Gift Officer to inform, engage and solicit a portfolio of prospective donors capable of gifts of $50,000 to $1 million. As a member of the major gifts team, this position is responsible for the west coast region of the United States, including: southern and northern California as well as parts of the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Significant travel—including overnights—is an essential component of this position. Candidates living in the Capital Region are preferred—however, candidates interested in working remotely will be considered. Responsibilities include managing an assigned portfolio of 150 prospective donors (including alumni and parents of current students), assessing, engaging, and inspiring prospective donors to give to the priorities identified for Union’s next campaign. The senior major gift officer will work independently to arrange 12-15 in-person meetings per month in assigned regions and follow-up on those meetings promptly, 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 candidate 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 candidate will also support a volunteer team focused on specific capital and endowment fundraising initiatives, and be expected to know the College’s strategic plan priorities, programs, and key financial measures in order to best represent the College and advance the College’s interests. The selected candidate is 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.)


Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's degree, a minimum of three to five years of front-line major gift 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, and frequently (approximately twice a month) 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.


Please apply via email to: Application materials, including cover letter, resume and/or Employment Application should be submitted as a single pdf or doc file.

Please remember to include the Req. # 7361 and/or position title in the subject line.

For questions or if necessary to submit a paper application, contact:

Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
 (518) 388-6108
 (518) 388-6529

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. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. 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, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

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