Development Officer/Assistant Director, Reunion Giving

Yale University seeks a reunion gift officer to join the university’s distinguished division of alumni affairs and development. Reporting to the director of reunion giving and, as a member of the Reunion Giving team, the reunion gift officer solicits Yale College alumni for gifts of varying sizes during their quinquennial reunions and manages alumni volunteers for several assigned reunion classes. Operating in a comprehensive, university-wide campaign environment, the reunion gift officer achieves annual fundraising goals tied to specific reunion classes and helps to ensure the overall success of their assigned classes in a multitude of important ways. This position is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, strategic, and collaborative development professional to come in on the ground floor of Yale’s next capital campaign to work with some of the university’s highest-level donors, volunteers, and university citizens.

Principal responsibilities

  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. Ability to personally and consistently close philanthropic gifts from donors. Ability to utilize industry standard fundraising best practices and values a donor-centric approach. Demonstrated ability collaborating with colleagues to determine donor philanthropic interests. Ability to promote various giving vehicles which may include planned giving.
  2. Ability to directly manage volunteers and/or provide guidance and support to volunteers. Ability to develop and implement effective strategies to recruit volunteers and train volunteers on solicitation techniques and university messaging.
  3. Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and technological skills. Ability to initiate and maintain direct communication with alumni. Professionalism, maturity, collaborative approach to work, and ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to be a flexible as a team member. Ability and willingness to work some irregular hours.
  4. Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks while attending to details and follow-through. Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, high volume environment. Ability to show initiative, and work independently with integrity while demonstrating a results-oriented work ethic.
  5. Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with alumni volunteers and colleagues about fundraising priorities, giving procedures, and university business.

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, experience, and skills

Experience having worked in a reunion fundraising program in higher education or another nonprofit organization. Familiarity with planned giving tools and techniques. Experience and comfortability navigating a fundraising database.

Preferred licenses or certifications

A valid driver’s license is required.