The Office of Development and Alumni Relations generates support for the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) by involving our most successful alumni and friends to help us pursue opportunities to strengthen the School and advance its mission.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Development for MSPH, the Major Gift Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts in the $50,000 to $250,000 range from MSPH alumni and friends. Working within the highly collaborative environment of MSPHâ€™s alumni and development team, the Major Gift Officer will play an integral role in achieving annual fundraising objectives. The Major Gift Officer will collaborate with campus colleagues across academic and administrative departments to understand funding priorities and engage them as needed to build strong donor relationships.
Independently manage a portfolio of 125 prospects through all phases of the giving cycle, from validation and engagement through cultivation, solicitation, gift negotiation, and stewardship.
Conduct a minimum of 150 prospect meetings annually to cultivate and solicit prospects and close gifts. Complete a minimum of 15 major gifts asks, 25 leadership annual fund asks and 10 planned giving conversations annually.
Responsible for managing communications and follow-up, including maintaining detailed contact reports and phase changes on all prospects in the portfolio.
Evaluate various gift opportunities and giving vehicles; recommend the most suitable for particular donors.
Interact with contacts both within MSPH and across Columbia University, such as directors, faculty, officers and other Development staff, to consult on needs, formulate proposal strategies, and identify potential donors.
Meet agreed-upon fundraising goals and metrics by identifying and working with major gift prospects through successful gift closings.
Meet agreed-upon moves management strategies for highest value portfolio prospects identified annually.
Promote positive donor relations and stewardship.
Serve as department liaison for one or more MSPH departments or centers on issues related to strategy, fundraising, and events.
Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Development in the planning and execution of cultivation and solicitation events associated with the major gift program.
Actively maintain a current body of knowledge about MSPHâ€™s programs, aspirations and development priorities.
Perform additional duties and responsibilities as needed.
Bachelorâ€™s degree or equivalent in education and experience and a minimum of 3 years of fundraising or related transferable experience required.
Experience or interest in issues embodied by the School of Public Healthâ€™s mission.
Ability to be a persuasive advocate for MSPHâ€™s priorities and present information in a clear and compelling manner, both in writing and in person.
Ability to use current desktop office technologies proficiently and to adapt to and use future technologies.
Sound judgment, tactful and ability to handle highly confidential information.
Strong initiative and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to handle multiple tasks under deadline pressures in a high-volume office.
Enthusiastic, creative and enterprising.
Advanced degree desirable.
Ability and willingness to travel within the greater New York City metropolitan area and regionally.
Some weekend and evening work hours required.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 515124
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