Director of Major and Planned Gifts

The Director will secure major and planned gifts which further the University’s mission and strategic plan by developing and implementing long-term strategies and tactics for a portfolio of approximately 150 donors and prospective donors. Through various forms of outreach, most importantly individual face-to-face visits, the Director will qualify, cultivate and solicit prospects, with a focus on prospects in their assigned portfolio. This position requires extensive travel (approximately 5-10 days per month). The Director will also collaborate with colleagues to achieve Division-wide goals related to alumni engagement, annual giving, Saxon Circle, and stewardship.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 2-5 years of experience in fundraising, or five years of experience in a related field with demonstrated transferrable skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent judgment and professionalism
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Additional Knowledge / Skills:

  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Task-oriented with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Able to work effectively in a complex organization
  • Collaborative leadership style marked by integrity, honesty, and respect for others
  • Efficient and self-reliant in developing travel itineraries, making reservations, and securing appointments
  • Excellent judgment in managing sensitive and confidential information
  • Able to frequently work evenings and weekends
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Have knowledge of or ability to learn the University's data management system
  • Contribute to a problem-solving culture that adapts to change and challenge
  • Foster respectful relationships with stakeholders at all levels including diverse individuals and communities
  • Speak comfortably and knowledgeably with donors about philanthropy and how to most effectively structure a gift to the University
  • Manage relationships, processes, deadlines and budget while adhering to the policies and procedures of the University
  • Demonstrate excellent active listening skills that promote relationship-building and communicate genuine curiosity about others’ lives and interests
  • Ability to communicate the mission, goals and values of the University in a positive way to inspire confidence, loyalty and pride among constituent groups.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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