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Major Gifts Associate
Gift Associate II - Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Major Gifts Associate. Specific duties include:
Serve as an integral member of the development team, providing critical support to at least three gift officers, each of whom manages a portfolio of donors or prospective donors with the potential to make gifts between $250k and $10 million.
Grow and manage the Lab's Chairman's Council program, a yearly giving society for donors who give more than $10,000 in unrestricted dollars.
Collaborate with MGOs on donor cultivation and solicitation actions, including coordinating engagement and cultivation events and visits, preparing solicitation materials (proposals, PowerPoints, donor briefs), and creating Letters of Agreement.
Coordinate Lab prospect research, management and tracking, helping to identify new prospects, and ensuring that major gifts prospects move smoothly through the management pipeline so that the Lab meets its cash and New Gifts & Commitments goals.
Track fundraising goals on a weekly basis, working with the Senior Director of Philanthropy to develop and regularly review Lab and AA&D work plans and assist in creating fundraising updates for senior management and the board.
Bachelor's degree; at least 3 year related experience or equivalent.
Proven record of providing a high level of administrative support.
Must have positive attitude and strong customer service skills.
Must display ability to work well under pressure and handle all personnel and financial matters with discretion.
Ability to handle situations with a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, judgment, tact and diplomacy while fostering excellent working relationships to all customers.
Demonstrated respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and the ability to foster relationship with current and potential donors.
Experience working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to respect, relate, and articulate effectively, both internally and externally to individuals and organizations of diverse backgrounds.
Work well in group problem solving situations.
Demonstrated organizational skills and good judgment.
Must be able to change direction/tasks quickly.
Must take initiative and have the ability to work independently.
Display original thinking and creativity; meet challenges with resourcefulness.
Demonstrated experience with proof reading and editing materials.
Highly capable in working with database software, spreadsheet software (such as Excel), graphing and charting software, word processing software (such as Word) and presentation software (such as Power Point), internet software, and others.
Knowledge of Cornell AAD People Soft, Raiser's Edge, Research point and other procedures and Cornell's accounting procedures helpful.
An appreciation of birds and conservation.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
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