University of Pittsburgh Major Gifts Officer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Position Information

Date Posted 06/11/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 08/10/2018

Working Title Major Gifts Officer

Job Classification Development IV

Department Name 01072-IA-University Development

Job Type Staff

Position Number 0132184

Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications

Position Description

The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) works to meaningfully engage alumni, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations in support of the University of Pittsburgh.

Through personal visits, coordinated events, targeted communications, and memorable stewardship activities, IA seeks to involve our partners in the vibrant life of our University. It is our mission, and our privilege, to inspire our alumni, stakeholders, and friends, to help us shape the University’s future together.

The Office of Institutional Advancement places a premium on collaboration, professionalism, entrepreneurship and high energy, and actively seeks to recruit, develop, retain, and promote talented professionals with these traits.

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a regional Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join a progressive team within the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

MGOs are expected to fundraise from prospective donors evaluated with the capacity to donate $100,000 or more as well as build a diverse and sustainable portfolio within their assigned region(s). In order to effectively manage critical relationships with current and prospective donors to meet both short and long-term fundraising objectives for the University, MGOs must consistently initiate contacts with potential major donors, develop and execute strategies to cultivate and maintain relationships, and participate in the gift agreements as necessary. MGOs will be expected to develop the skills to solicit individual gifts and build a sustainable relationship with the University. Must be willing to travel at least 30% of the time.

The primary objective of an MGO is to develop long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donors’ interests, passions, and values. The responsibilities are focused on fundraising from prospective donors evaluated with the capacity to donate $100,000 or more and include: a) securing face-to-face meetings to confirm the giving capacity of the potential donor and to assess their interest in providing financial support to the University b) identifying and completing cultivation tasks c) creating strategies leading to gift agreements d) creating endowment and pledge agreements e) identifying and implementing stewardship strategies f) maintaining accurate records in the ADVANCE database system

Education Required Baccalaureate

Minimum Related Experience Level Required 3-5 years experience

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Bachelor’s degree required.

Superior verbal and written skills.

At least 3-5 years in fundraising, evidence of direct contact with donors, comfortable with qualification approach as practiced at the University, and must have experience with stewardship techniques.

Must be able and willing to travel extensively outside of the Western Pennsylvania area.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license is required.

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time

Percent Effort 100

Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours

Campus Pittsburgh

University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Posting ID 160088

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Do you have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?

  • Yes

  • No

  • How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?

  • Career Development Center (CDC)

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)


  • Currently a University Employee



  • Pitt Career Services

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • Pittsburgh Technology Council

  • PittSource Search

  • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below




  • Internet Search

  • Other: (Please specify below)

  • Please specify from above (if applicable):

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents