Gift Officer/Assistant Director, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Development

Reporting to director of development for GSAS and SEAS, the assistant director serves as a key member of the development team delivering a comprehensive fundraising program. Provides high-level strategic thinking, writing, and coordination to enhance the schools’ fundraising efforts. Develops and administers annual fundraising programs in close coordination with the Yale Alumni Fund team. Helps in the recruitment, training, and support of annual fund volunteers. Works with the director of development and the deans to determine fundraising goals. Serves as a partner for the director of development in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of leadership and major gifts donors. Manages a portfolio of individual donors. Partners with the director of development in building engagement tools for GSAS. Drafts and maintains written development information and content for GSAS and SEAS assisting the director of development in building and maintaining relationships with—and providing school-related information to—development staff across campus. Writes and edits a full range of materials for use in fundraising activities, including correspondence, proposals, stewardship reports, brochures, briefings, gift acknowledgements, donor recognition, and indentures. Oversees and improves comprehensive stewardship efforts, planning and coordinating, with appropriate staff, the stewardship and acknowledgement of gifts and endowed funds. Works with the communication staff at GSAS and SEAS to ensure consistent messaging and to identify opportunities to collaborate. Assists in devising and implementing an alumni engagement strategy. Organizes, executes, and staffs development and alumni relations events for the schools. Prepares reports and analyzes data related to development at the direction of the director of development and the deans. Helps identify volunteers to fill leadership roles and develop opportunities for these individuals to become increasingly involved in support of development priorities. May represent GSAS and SEAS fundraising programs at school and development meetings. May serve as an ambassador of the schools at public functions, reunion gatherings, and other university events. Serves on committees and attends meetings as assigned.

The information provided in the principal responsibilities below is generic in nature; prospective applicants will find the information in this position focus to be most relevant to the position.

Principal responsibilities

  1. Identifies, cultivates and solicits Yale alumni/alumnae and friends who are capable of making gifts to the university. Meets assigned activity and revenue goals.
  2. Devises and implements cultivation and solicitation strategies. Evaluates various gift opportunities and giving vehicles; recommends the most suitable for a particular donor. Develops, writes and presents proposals in keeping with university needs and in line with donor’s interest and financial situation.
  3. Initiates and maintains contact with current, past, and prospective donors, promoting positive donor relations. Engages volunteers proactively as needed. Determines and executes events and programs in support of development activities, assessing the success of such events/programs and recommending changes. Identifies disaffected or disinterested donors and devises strategies to encourage/redirect their interests as appropriate.
  4. Interacts with internal contacts such as deans, directors, faculty, officers and other development staff to consult on university needs, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, and potential donors. Keeps abreast of university events and disseminates university information to donors, prospective donors, volunteers and team members as appropriate.
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required skills and abilities

  1. Professionalism, inquisitiveness, mature judgement and discretion, sense of humor, and ability to work well within a collegial and collaborative work environment. Able to maintain strict confidentiality. 
  2. Outstanding editing, strategic and analytical thinking, and persuasive and concise spoken and written communication skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines on time, while working independently and exercising thoughtful prioritization, including am aptitude for analytical tools and quantitative measurements for management, tracking, planning, and communication of fundraising progress and effectiveness.
  4. Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).
  5. Must have a flexible schedule and the availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed, to accommodate events, meetings, and travel program. Must be able to travel both in the United States and internationally, as needed.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree required, a minimum of two years of fundraising experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Job title and level will be commensurate with experience.

Preferred education, experience, and skills

A genuine passion to build relationships with the broader GSAS and SEAS communities to strengthen engagement which leads to support for these schools. 

Preferred licenses or certifications

Valid driver’s license