Major Gifts Officer, School of International and Public Affairs (Center on Global Energy Policy)

Columbia University in New York

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 18, 2013
Type Administrative
Salary 110000-120000
Employment Type Full-time

** This is a 3 year temporary position with possibility for renewal**

Reporting jointly to the Associate Dean for Development and the Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, the Major Gifts Officer leads the efforts to create more philanthropic support for the Center on Global Energy Policy. The Major Gifts Officer also directs start-up fundraising activities and leads the expansion of a donor base related to the Center. Activities include: creating a fundraising plan for the Center; soliciting alumni, corporate and foundation support for the Center; providing strategic direction and management of the Center's top donors; and activating the engagement strategy for high-level advisory board members. The fundraising focuses on current use funding, with the long-term goal of raising endowment support.

- Stewards existing prospects, including identifying new funding opportunities; crafts tailored proposals for funding; writes briefing papers and solicitation strategies for Center Director and Associate Dean.
- Identifies and cultivates new prospects including individuals, philanthropies, foundations, universities, corporations and governments; crafts tailored proposals for funding; writes briefing papers and solicitation strategies for Center Director and Associate Dean.
- Actively engages in the identification and recruitment of the Founding Advisory Board (fund-raising volunteers).
- Responsible for managing a portfolio of 200 to 300 prospects identified to have capacity of $250,000 to $2,499,999 over time and develops solicitation strategies: identifies gift opportunities that match donors' interests; and personally solicits gifts.
- Supports strategic development efforts in line with annual and long-term goals.
- Expands the fundraising effort among alumni and friends, both in the New York City area and beyond using University networks.
- Manages relationships with other University offices including the Business school, Law school, Earth Institute, and others.
- Works with external and internal partners to develop and implement robust products/programs leveraging innovative business models and partnerships.


Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 5 years of fundraising or related development experience is required. Computer proficiency (Word, Excel) required. Some evening and travel required.  


Must have a demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and managing high-level donor relationships. Possesses a proven ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner is essential. The capacity to clearly comprehend and communicate the Center's mission and ongoing initiatives is required.

Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking and client/customer awareness. Must possess the ability to develop, supervise staff, 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 problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills.




Applicant Information


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: 139337

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at 139337