Giving to Yale

Development Officer, Reunion Gifts

Under the general supervision of the director of reunion giving and exercising a high degree of independence, develop, and implement strategic plans to maximize giving in Yale College's quinquennial reunions. Responsibilities include support of volunteers who include many of the university's highest level donors and university citizens; direct solicitation and closure of reunion gifts; and creation and implementation of strategies to achieve goals to meet the university's highest priorities in reunion years.

Essential Duties:

  1. Organizes and coordinates fundraising efforts.
  2. Develops strategic fundraising programs, sets participation and dollar goals, and manages processes of screening and rating alumni.
  3. Provides ongoing support for chairs and committee members.
  4. Identifies, recruits, trains, briefs and motivates committee members.
  5. Staffs and attends committee meetings.
  6. Facilitates ongoing communications between class-based volunteers involved in capital fundraising and development officers.
  7. Personally participates in fundraising conversations.
  8. Initiates and oversees all class-wide gift mailings.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with alumni volunteers and colleagues about fundraising programs, procedures, and university issues.
  2. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with alumni. Professionalism, maturity, ability to maintain confidentiality, and skill as a team player.
  3. Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks while attending to details and follow-through. Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Ability and willingness to work some irregular hours.
  4. Highly motivated and energetic; ability to show initiative, and work independently with integrity.
  5. Good word processing and database management software skills. 

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a related field and four years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

Familiarity with planned giving tools and techniques