Annual Giving Officer

Yale University

Job Description

University Job Title

Annual Giving Officer 2

Bargaining Unit

None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type

Full time

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Compensation Grade


Compensation Grade Profile

Annual Giving Officer (22)

Wage Ranges

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Work Location

Central Campus

Worksite Address

157 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

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Position Focus:

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Annual Giving, the Annual Giving Officer assists with the planning, execution and evaluation of annual fundraising campaigns, with primary responsibility for managing successful fundraising efforts with alumni in reunion classes. Serves as the project leader for reunion class campaigns, works collaboratively with YLS field officers to recruit reunion gift committee volunteers and to generate leadership unrestricted gifts from the top prospects in each reunion class. Recruits, trains and provides proactive support to reunion gift committee volunteers to ensure their success in peer-to-peer solicitation efforts. Works closely with lead volunteers to draft solicitations and create engagement strategies for their class. Solicits and closes unrestricted gifts from an assigned pool of reunion year prospects. May perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties

1. Organizes, plans, and oversees fundraising efforts for the University. 2. Recruits, trains, and organizes a network of alumni volunteers. 3. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive alumni relations. 4. Contributes in writing and producing alumni reports, newsletters, and other materials to inform alumni network, 5. Develops and implements financial solicitation programs; oversees a budget and gift crediting functions. 6. Initiates and advises the best course of action for financial solicitation programs, such as conducting a written campaign or organizing a phonathon. 7. Advises on the timely communication, organization of campaigns and crediting of gifts. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors degree. Three years of related experience in a fund-raising capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Self-starter with a strong work ethic, ability to set priorities and discipline to meet deadlines. Entrepreneurial, innovative, collaborative, and results-oriented. Experience in volunteer management or project management.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills. Superior organizational skills with strong attention to detail and strong analytical skills. Positive attitude and collaborative work-style.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to grasp the nuances of annual giving programming, including segmented solicitation strategies, impact on major gift relationships, dynamics of donor behavior, goal setting and volunteer management.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Word.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to travel. Flexible, with the ability to respond to changing situations. Outstanding level of personal integrity, honesty and trust.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Fundraising experience at a law school or in higher education. Record of successfully soliciting and closing charitable gifts. Experience with fundraising data collection and analysis. Drafting and disseminating solicitation materials experience. Proven facility with complex databases (Blackbaud products and Salesforce preferred), spreadsheets and statistics. Proven ability with Access preferred.

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Background Check Requirements

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individuals sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Universitys Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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