Major Gift Officer, Regional

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




622 West 113th Street
New York
New York
United States


Columbia University is recruiting for three Major Gift Officer positions (mid-Atlantic, Southern California and Northern California). Applicants may be based either in New York or in-region.

The Major Gift Officer (Regional) identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni, parents and friends on behalf of Columbia University and its 16 schools and programs. 

Columbia University is in the midst of a $5 billion fundraising campaign focused on raising funds for facilities, endowed scholarships, fellowships and professorships, as well as unrestricted and restricted current use purposes. The Major Gifts officer plays a central role collaborating with University officials, School leadership, faculty, development senior leadership, campaign volunteers, and colleagues throughout the Alumni and Development community.

Regional Major Gifts Officers are responsible for managing a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects within assigned geographic regions by qualifying prospects and cultivate potential contributors; designing, and developing solicitation strategies; identifying gift opportunities that match donors' interests; and personally soliciting gifts and continually stewarding major gift donors. The Major Gifts Officer will achieve and document 150 prospect visits per year as well as achieve 15 asks of $250,000 or above per year.

Major Gift, Regional Officers carry portfolios with geographic regional assignments requiring significant travel. Working in a highly collaborative environment, members of the Major Gifts team have opportunities to engage with multiple Columbia schools and faculty, participate in project teams, and manage volunteers. Experience working in complex organizations and ability to navigate multiple priorities is recommended. Officers may be asked to perform related tasks, as needed.

Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desirable. Minimum 5-7 years’ related experience.

Five to seven years of related experience, preferably in fund raising or related transferable experience, with demonstrated success in annual or capital giving or applicable ability.

The Office of Alumni and Development encourages diversity in all its forms, and MINORITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To be considered an applicant, all interested parties must apply through the Columbia University online employment application system. The complete job description and application instructions can be found at: 


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

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply