Leadership Gift Officer, Columbia Science, Arts & Sciences Major Gifts

Job Type

Full Time




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


Reporting to the Senior Major Gift Officer for Columbia College & Arts and Sciences, the Leadership Gift Officer identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni and friends for science priorities for unrestricted and restricted gifts. Columbia University is in a $5 billion dollar fundraising campaign of which the sciences are a central component. The Leadership Gift officer will play an invaluable role in the Arts and Sciences campaign, collaborating with Major Gift officers in the Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia Alumni Association staff and colleagues throughout the University. Partners with the Dean of Science, senior leadership, and faculty as warranted.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·        Under the guidance of and in collaboration with the Sr. Major Gift Officer for Arts and Sciences, the Leadership Gift Officer manages a portfolio of 150 prospects.

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

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

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

·        Travels to domestic markets as needed

·        Responsible for 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 required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum of 4 years’ related experience required, preferably in fundraising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or planned giving or applicable ability.

Excellent writing and communication skills, tact, sensitivity and mature judgement are required. Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient, as well as be able to work successfully both individually and as part of a team. This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary. Preference give to candidates with a documented record of successfully closing gifts within or near the range of gifts expected from the incumbent. Experience with higher education fundraising also preferred. 


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

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree