Job Details

Colgate University
  • Position Number: 3404498
  • Location: Hamilton, NY
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Colgate University

Senior Leadership Gifts Officer/Leadership Gifts Officer, Athletics Fundraising

Requisition Number: 2022S100Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Office of Advancement
Department: Annual Giving

Department Statement:
Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking a dynamic Senior Leadership Gifts Officer/Leadership Gifts Officer, Athletics Fundraising to play an integral role in helping to grow a successful leadership gifts program. Founded in 1819, Colgate is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship.

Colgate University has now entered its Third Century and the strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement continues. On an annual basis, more than 56% of Colgates alumni engage with the University through philanthropy, volunteering, or engaging at online and in person programs, including signature events like Reunion that draws in more than 2500 alumni and guests. This tradition of philanthropy paired with strong levels of alumni affinity position Colgate well for even greater success, as the Vice President and his team prepare to lead the community into a historic and comprehensive campaign to help execute the Third Century Plan.

The Third-Century Plan represents the largest and most important transformation in the history of Colgate. It will both complete our physical campus and fully realize our potential to become one of the great institutions in the nation - and, perhaps, one of the most important undergraduate colleges in the country.

More than 3,100 alumni, students, families, and friends contributed a record-breaking $2.7 million in annual support of our varsity teams and the Colgate Athletics Council. The person in this role will be responsible for cultivating a portfolio of Athletic Leadership Giving prospects with the capability to contribute up to $20,000 annually. The person in this position will play a key role in driving significant philanthropic support for the Colgate Athletics. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and customer service skills, and demonstrate a strong understanding and proven track record of success in fundraising and/or sales, preferably in a higher education setting.

Appointment level will be commensurate based on experience.

Accountable for effectively developing and maintaining relationships with key leadership gift (and prospective leadership gift) constituents as assigned. Ensures effective qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of constituents. Responsible for increasing levels of annual and long-term engagement and giving within assigned athletic constituents.

Responsible for effective management of fundraising projects and events as assigned. Accountable for positively representing all aspects of the university at all times.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • The ideal candidate will possess organizational savvy, an ability to establish and execute plans, and experience motivating internal and external stakeholders to achieve mutual goals.
  • The ability to handle confidential material with utmost discretion, and the ability to use IBM Laptop computers and relevant software applications, such as E-Mail, MSWord, MSExcel, and a comfort level with database management are critical.
  • A demonstrated ability to execute programs and meet measurable goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are critical.
  • Must possess strong judgement skills, and the ability develop solutions expediently.
  • An ability to articulate the value of a liberal arts education is essential.
  • Candidates must be capable of working collegially and effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors on a daily basis.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous annual fund/alumni relations, sales or marketing experience in a university setting is preferred.
  • Previous experience managing and motivating volunteers.
  • 3-5 years of sales, marketing or fundraising experience is preferred.

A minimum of a Bachelors degree is required.

Other Information

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, occasional weekends and evenings to support events. This position will require travel.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgates Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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