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Associate Director, Major Gifts

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 11, 2022

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Associate Director, Major Gifts


Job ID: 2022-15591
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Alumni Relations and Development

Princeton University


Princeton University Advancement works to inform, inspire, and involve Princeton’s global community of alumni, parents, and friends in ways that enable the University to fulfill its mission of advancing learning through scholarship, research, and teaching to serve humanity.

As a member of the Capital Giving staff, the Associate Director, Major Gifts (Associate Director) is a front-line major gift officer responsible for successfully managing a portfolio of qualified potential donors within an assigned region who are capable of making gifts to Princeton of at least $250,000 or more.


Fundraising Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of between 125-150 qualified potential donors with the capability of making gifts of $250,000 or more. Includes developing long-term fundraising strategies for each assigned donor or identified prospects in the course of his/her work and in accordance with University priorities.
  • Complete a minimum of 120-150 face-to-face visits annually with qualified potential donors to engage, cultivate and solicit gifts in support of Princeton.
  • Solicit 20-40 gifts annually of $250,000 or more.
  • Secure a minimum of $2.5M in new commitments annually in a combination of capital and annual gifts.
  • Effectively represent Princeton’s mission and fundraising priorities to a variety of constituencies and stakeholders.
  • As appropriate, engage senior administrators, faculty, trustees, and volunteers in the process of cultivating and soliciting potential donors to Princeton.
Administrative Responsibilities

  • Write timely contact reports for prospect database following each face-to-face visit with a donor or potential donor.
  • As appropriate, prepare well-written visit briefings, strategy documents, solicitation proposals, and stewardship reports, working both independently and with colleagues in Strategic Donor Engagement.
  • Maintain a comprehensive working knowledge of the University and the fundraising priorities across the institution, as well as Advancement Office goals and objectives.
  • May include responsibility for managing select volunteers or volunteer initiatives, including ensuring that they are properly staffed, deployed, and satisfied with the level of support from Princeton.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of professional higher education development-related experience or related work experience.
  • A proven track record of successful major gift fundraising or equivalent.
  • Strong familiarity with Princeton University and its mission.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
  • Ability to motivate staff and evaluate performance.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards representative of Princeton’s commitment to excellence.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
  • Discretion, good judgment, and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Commitment to the Office of Advancement’s mission of maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility, and Collaboration.
  • Ability to travel and flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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