Leadership Gifts Officer, Arts & Sciences Major Gifts

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




622 West 113th Street
New York
New York
United States


Reporting to the Director of Development for Arts and Sciences, the Leadership Gift Officer identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni, parents and friends of the Arts and Sciences core schools: Columbia College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and General Studies. The Leadership Gift officers play a central role in fundraising for the Arts and Sciences, collaborating with University officials, faculty, the Columbia College Annual Fund team, volunteers, and colleagues throughout the university.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

- Managing a portfolio of 150 prospects identified to have, at minimum, capacity of $50,000 to $250,000 over a 5-year period.

- Qualifying prospects to further build out the portfolio and cultivates potential contributors; designing and developing solicitation strategies: identifying gift opportunities that match donors' interests and personally soliciting gifts and continually stewarding major gift donors.

- Working in a highly collaborative environment. Members of the Leadership Gifts team sit on the Major Gifts team and work closely with MGOs, PGOs, Athletics Development officers and school-specific fundraisers to work with prospects, engage with faculty, participate in project teams, and manage volunteers.

- Performing related tasks and special projects, as assigned.

Leadership Gift portfolios include both New York and regional assignments involving travel. LGOs may also be assigned a conceptual area of focus within either a school-specific campaign effort or the broader University Campaign, The Columbia Commitment. The Leadership Gift Officer is expected to be a self-motivated, well-organized and collegial partner, and, above all, a persuasive advocate for Columbia University's priorities.    

Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of four (4) years of related experience required. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office. Some evening and weekends required. Some travel required.

Must be well organized and able to work independently as well as in a group setting. Demonstrated ability to drive activity for multiple projects/groups and work effectively in a team environment with diverse populations and challenging client groups. Strong interpersonal skills as well as the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents, including alumni donors and development prospects or their assistants are essential qualities. Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills.  

The successful candidate must be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Ability to think strategically while maintaining exceptional attention to detail is crucial. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

Prior experience in higher education fundraising preferred. Experience in fundraising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or capital giving or applicable ability highly preferred.        


Medical, Dental, Retirement, Paid Time Off, Disability, Life etc.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree