College Description Summary:
With more than 3,000 students and 50,000 alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University, and the third-largest college of its kind in the United States. International surveys rank CALS as a top global college of agriculture and related sciences. Faculty, students, and staff at CALS are leading science and education toward a resilient future through our teaching, research, and extension programs in food and energy systems, the life sciences, the environmental sciences, and the social sciences. The land-grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge with public purpose for the citizens of New York State, the nation, and people around the globe.
CALS Alumni Affairs and Development Summary:
The CALS Alumni Affairs and Development team consists of 11 individuals, charged with fundraising, engagement programs, donor relations, business partnerships, and stewardship for the College. They raise private philanthropic funds through a wide range of fundraising initiatives. Team members work closely with the senior leadership of the College, faculty, and staff based on approved priorities and interdisciplinary initiatives. CALS recently exceeded its goal of $125M for the "Cornell Now" campaign, raising more than $200M in new gifts and commitments. CALS averages about $25M in gifts each year, with support from businesses, corporations, and foundations averaging about $9M annually. CALS first raised more than $1M for the CALS Annual Fund (current use, unrestricted gifts) in 2010, and the support has steadily increased to $1.8M in 2016. CALS has an endowment of $300M.
In coordination with the Director of Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Major Gifts Associate supports a variety of gift officers and senior leadership in the unit. The position will serve as part of a development and engagement shared support team. The successful applicant will be a creative and inspiring writer who is also a critical thinker, with the ability to synthesize information to develop compelling fundraising materials. The Major Gifts Associate will work collaboratively with the gift officers in the unit to initiate and assist with activities/tasks required to develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship practices.
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum two to three years of related career experience in development, alumni affairs, research, marketing, business development, or related experience. The successful applicant will be a creative and inspiring writer who is also a critical thinker, with the ability to synthesize information to develop compelling fundraising materials. Understanding of and ability to advocate for the importance of university research and higher education. Must have strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Must be extremely detail-oriented. Knowledge of the practices of fundraising and individual giving. Excellent supervisory skills and ability to work as part of a team. Effective organizational skills and strong detail orientation. Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with individuals across the University and College faculty, key alumni, volunteers and executive staff. Ability to appropriately handle highly confidential and sensitive information. Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and discretion. Ability to excel while handling multiple tasks and competing priorities at the same time. Must be able and willing to work occasional weekends and evenings.
Prefer experience in higher education or similarly complex environment. Experience working with alumni affairs and development programs. Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of fundraising. Experience working with PeopleSoft and Hyperion Brio.
University Job Title:Major Gifts Ofcr II
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Shan Varma
Number of Openings:1
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