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Sr. Major Gift Officer (Southwest Region)

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

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Job Summary

The Sr. Major Gift Officer (MGO) will serve as the Senior Regional Director of Development for the Southwest Region of the United States and will be responsible for developing a regular cadence of strategic opportunities focused on engaging existing and prospective major donors with the end goal of qualifying, soliciting, and closing major gifts.

This role will serve as the primary strategist and staff person for the Texas Triangle Executive Council. The Sr. MGO must collaborate with and convene other Development & Alumni Engagement stakeholders in the region to ensure a coordinated and thoughtful approach to all activities meant to engage RPI’s leading prospects and donors. These stakeholders include but are not limited to Principal Giving, Major Giving, Alumni Relations, and School-/College-affiliated colleagues.

Additionally, the Senior Regional Director of Development carries a portfolio of approximately 125 major gift prospects who have the capacity to make gifts in the range of $100,000 - $2.49 million This position will oversee various special projects in the region as assigned by their director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible fundraising experience
  • Experience in higher education and demonstrated record of cultivation and closing major gifts
  • Requires a valid U.S. driver license

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

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, weekends or evenings occasionally required


Extensive travel (greater than 25% of the time)


Driving a personal vehicle for non-passenger use

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: $130,000 - $140,000

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile. Please be ready to upload your resume and cover letter.

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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

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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