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Advancement Officer, Major Gifts

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Development and Fundraising

Who we are

For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Job Summary

The Advancement Officer, Major Gifts is responsible for cultivating and soliciting 150-200 prospects capable of making gifts to Rensselaer of $100,000 - $2.49 million. The Advancement Officer will work in an assigned region and support campus leaders to develop and implement strategies to close gift commitments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in fundraising or a related field, or a Master’s degree and 3 years of fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated record of cultivation and closing major gifts

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in higher education 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with major gift prospects and to close gifts.
  • Ability to set priorities while also contributing to team effort in Institute Advancement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to deal with very technical information and to translate this information into a product salable to non-technical internal and external people
  • Flexibility in dealing with a wide variety of people; ability to process information quickly and accurately
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established goals and objectives
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of Rensselaer and the major initiatives
  • Ability to multi-task, handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team environment


Business Hours with weekends or evenings occasionally required


Travel is a significant component of the position (greater than 25%)


Driving a personal vehicle for non-passenger use

Application instructions


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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

As Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students back to campus for an in-person academic experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

In addition, Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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