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Saint Peter's University, founded in 1872, is a Jesuit, Catholic, coeducational, liberal arts University located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saint Peter's University seeks to develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society.

Committed to academic excellence and individual attention, Saint Peter's University provides education, informed by values, primarily in degree-granting programs in the arts, science, and business, to resident and commuting students from a variety of backgrounds.

Saint Peter’s University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Saint Peter’s University desires to ensure that faculty, students and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution.

For more information about Saint Peter's University, please visit

Named #1 in the nation for transformation in 2018 by the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments

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Leadership Gifts Officer


Jersey City Campus



Full Time, Part Time, Adjunct

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Reporting to the Senior Director of Leadership and Planned Giving, the Leadership Gift Officer is a front-line gift officer responsible for securing leadership annual and campaign gifts. This involves working in partnership with Advancement colleagues to develop and implement qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of 150-175 prospects, and to staff and support specific appeals throughout the year.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develop a pipeline of prospects with the giving potential of $1,000-$25,000 by taking the lead role in the identification, qualification and solicitation of new leadership level donors and by “cold calling” alumni, non-affiliated prospects, and parents who are not currently engaged or may not have been previously contacted.
  • Facilitate and coordinate communications and positive interactions with prospects and donors.
  • Complete 90-100 face-to-face or virtual visits per year, designed to move prospects toward making a philanthropic commitment to the University.
  • Open a minimum of 30 proposals per year.
  • Personally solicit leadership level annual and multi-year campaign gifts by working directly with donors and coordinating with department colleagues and volunteers.
  • Identify prospects for potential Board appointment who reflect the broad diversity of the populations the University serves.
  • Attend a significant number of campus and local events, as well as host salon events and cultivation programs, as a representative of the University.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Leadership and Planned Giving or Assistant Vice President or Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs.
Qualification Standards
  • A minimum of 2 years of development experience of a comparable nature is required, preferably with a background in direct marketing or sales.
  • Proven success in cultivation and solicitation of gifts at or above the $10,000 level.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to multi-task yet maintain close connection with colleagues.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Outcomes-oriented work style with the ability to develop strategies to achieve fundraising goals, analyze results and adjust strategies based on those results.
  • Optimistic and empowered attitude.
  • Unparalleled personal integrity.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software and capital campaign experience is a plus.
  • A driver’s license and personal vehicle are required.
  • Ability to inspire a passion for Saint Peter’s and the Jesuit mission.
  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19 before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.

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Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s University, a private institution in Jersey City, NJ, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.

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