International Development Officer

Yale University New Haven , CT 06501

Posted 3 months ago

Essential Duties
1.Has responsibility for all aspects of fundraising for principal, major and planned gift fundraising from alumni, parents and friends in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and other areas. Works closely with the director, Vice President, and colleagues in schools across campus on prospect identification, strategy, solicitation and stewardship. 2. Works with alumni, parents, and friends of Yale and their advisors, and leads behind-the-scenes fundraising efforts through high-level volunteers, both external and internal to the University; collaborates with other staff, academic leaders, and faculty to develop gift ideas and strategies and foster productive relationships for Yale. 3. Provides support for university leaders, faculty, and volunteers and accompanies them on calls, where appropriate; serves as a primary resource to all University development programs in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, and other areas as needed. 4. Manages a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects and develops long-term relationships with these individuals to identify and cultivate their interest in Yale. 5. Actively maintains a current body of knowledge about Yale, its development priorities and international giving vehicles and protocols; develops a thorough understanding of the programs and aspirations of each of Yale's schools, colleges, and the other large units where major and principal gift fundraising is needed from prospects in Asia. Ensures that consultation and collaboration with school-based colleagues takes place. Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Education and Experience
1.Bachelor's degree and three-five years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Personal or professional experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to intercultural sensitivity. An in-depth understanding of Asian culture to enable successful business interactions with the Asian market is required. 2. Demonstrated success in all phases of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from individuals and private foundations and a demonstrated ability to establish long-term relationships with donors, faculty and prospects.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Head of International Development, the gift officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting or arranging for the solicitation, of gifts of $250,000 and above from individuals and private foundations abroad, with a special focus on travel to Asia and work with donors from that region. In addition, the gift officer may also travel to and work with donors in other countries and regions including Latin America and Brazil, the Middle East and Africa. The gift officer serves as an expert on international fundraising topics and works closely with faculty and volunteers, managing one or more advisory councils.

In addition, the gift officer builds relationships with potential donors for self, the President, the Vice President, supervisor, and others at the University, actively engaging in establishing a greater Yale presence to principal and major gift donors and prospects around the world.; travels frequently to meet donors and prospects and staffs campus visits from potential donors, and raises gifts for university purposes, cross-disciplinary priorities, or designated for a specific school, program, or other part of Yale.

The gift officer also assists director in managing and staffing advisory councils linked to international donors, with a range of responsibilities including:

  • Participating in high-level planning and implementation of board meetings, providing Council members with continuous support, including coordinating meetings, developing agendas, assisting with council recruitment, and providing updates on relevant Yale initiatives;

  • Developing, in consultation with supervisor, comprehensive annual fundraising and communications plans for each council member including identification and cultivation of new members, solicitation, stewardship and volunteer opportunities for all council members;

  • Facilitating engagement of top prospects and stewardship of top donors through international council meetings and events;

  • Developing and utilizing system to track fundraising communications and outreach efforts and their effectiveness and preparing reports that reflect current efforts with appropriate recommendations and conclusions;

  • Developing and overseeing appropriate print, web, e-mail and social media materials including newsletters, invitations, annual solicitation letters, and informational materials for targeted international council members;

  • Serving as primary contact and assisting in information flow between international council members and key constituencies throughout Yale;

  • Providing logistical support and develop agendas for regional council meetings abroad and for events on campus; and

  • Developing and maintaining pipelines of future board members, and facilitating the onboarding of new members for councils abroad and campus-wide.

Preferred Education, Experience and


Bachelor's degree in an international field and at least five yrs of admin or fundraising experience, preferably in an international setting. Advanced degree and experience in a not-for-profit or similarly complex organization.

Experience traveling in countries such as China. Energy, initiative, ambition and demonstrated ability to establish effective professional relationships.

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 individual's 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 University's 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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