Leadership Gift Officer, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Job Type

Full Time




622 West 113th Street
MC4520 7th Floor
New York
United States


Reporting to the Senior Major Gift Officer for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the Leadership Gift Officer identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni and friends of GSAS for unrestricted and restricted gifts for financial aid and professional development and new academic initiatives. Columbia University is in the quiet phase of a fundraising campaign of which the GSAS development unit is responsible for raising $50 million. The Leadership Gift officer will play an invaluable role in the Arts and Sciences campaign, collaborating with Major Gift and Planned Giving Officers in the Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia Alumni Association staff and colleagues throughout the University. Partners with the Dean and senior leadership team within GSAS as warranted.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

·        Under the guidance of and in collaboration with the Sr. Major Gift Officer for the Arts and Sciences, the Leadership Gift Officer manages a portfolio of 300 prospects 

·        In conjunction with the Sr. Major Gifts Officer for Arts and Sciences, determines and executes new fundraising initiatives in support of the campaign 

·        Focus on discovery work particularly for planned gifts, including promoting document bequest intentions and other planned giving vehicles 

·        Conducts all follow-up development efforts needed to sustain and advance prospect relationships 

·        Ultimately responsible for sustaining a productive annual fund on behalf of GSAS, which will include but is not limited to partnering with Annual Fund Programs, Alumni relations, and gift officers across the Office of Alumni and Development. The Leadership Gift Officer is expected to be self-motivated, well-organized, a collegial partner, and, above all, a persuasive advocate for Columbia University's priorities 


Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent is required. Minimum of 3-5 years' related experience required, preferably in fundraising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or planned giving or applicable ability Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary 

Excellent writing and communication skills, tact, sensitivity and mature judgment are required. Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient, able to work successfully both individually and as part of a team. Preference given to candidates with a documented record of successfully closing gifts within or near the range of gifts expected from the incumbent 

Advanced degree preferred. Experience with higher education fundraising also preferred. 

Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Medical and dental coverage, tuition exemption, retirement contributions and more.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree