Major Gifts Officer

Lesley University Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 5 months ago

About Lesley University:

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 92,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Information on the Department

The Office of Institutional Advancement is dedicated to securing the resources necessary for the support and continuing growth of Lesley University. The Office is responsible for University-wide fundraising and alumni relations programming and for building and sustaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with Lesley's many constituencies, including alumni, donors, parents, and friends of the University.

Job Description:

As part of a growing Advancement team, the Major Gifts Officer will help build a major gift program in support of Lesley University. Lesley University is beginning an exciting new era and building a comprehensive Advancement program to support the University and its plans for the future.

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni, parents and friends who possess the capacity of making commitments of $25,000 or more in support of Advancement's overall short-term and long-term financial goals.

  • Establish specific individual fundraising plans, develop activity and visit goals and supporting documentation, and maintain a portfolio of prospects as part of a coordinated major gift program.

  • Meet or exceed monthly goal of 10 visits and annual goal of 120 visits.

  • Collaborate with Advancement colleagues in major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, donor relations, advancement communications, prospect research, and alumni engagement to develop and maintain a coordinated approach in support of overall department and university-wide goals.

  • Work with the vice president, sr. director, president, board of trustees, senior administrative and academic personnel and volunteers to realize major gift commitments.

  • Availability for evening and weekend events as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • At least three years of fund raising experience, preferably in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated success with personal solicitations of $25,000 and higher.

  • Familiarity with planned giving methods, gift vehicles and communications.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • High level of professional maturity, integrity, judgment, discretion and creativity.

  • Understanding and appreciation of the mission of Lesley University.

  • Regularly uses privately-owned vehicle to travel for business purposes (10 days or more per month or 500 miles or more per month).

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree.

  • At least three years of fund raising experience, in a higher education setting.

Additional Information:

Salary Grade 27.

Background checks are required for all positions.

Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

A cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references must be included for full consideration.

Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates.

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