Major Gifts Officer (Search Extended)

Search: S18-067 
Job Posted: August 2, 2019
Rank: V


Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Division of Institutional Advancement seeks an experienced and successful Major Gift Officer to join the division.

The Major Gift Officer plays a central role collaborating with University officials, School leadership, faculty, Advancement senior leadership, and colleagues throughout Advancement.  This individual is responsible for making face to face visits annually with prospects to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward them along the giving cycle; execute comprehensive proposals; qualify newly identified prospects as future potential major donors; and secure unrestricted annual gifts as prospects are cultivated towards a major gift.

Other responsibilities include effective collaboration and partnership with colleagues, peers and fundraising managers within a diverse number and variety of fundraising programs; volunteer committees, as needed; staffing University administrators and faculty on development visits with prospects and donors; and recording activities, contacts, proposals and strategic plans in the donor database.

This position requires knowledge of the University, its initiatives and its internal and external constituents to serve as a liaison between and representative of the Division of Institutional Advancement and SCSU’s alumni, parents and friends. The Major Gift Officer routinely interacts with a variety of University colleagues, including those in Advancement leadership, Alumni Relations, Development, various academic departments and faculty members, among others.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field. Five years of development experience with at least three years of major gifts fundraising experience.  Thorough understanding of all approaches and techniques used in the development process, including prospect identification and research, relationship building, solicitation and stewardship. Proven track record of closing major gifts. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and technologically proficient.  These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:  For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Tricia Cushing at   Review of applications is on-going; position will remain open until filled.

Review of applications will begin on August 13, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled. 


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff.  People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.