Senior Major Gifts Officer

JOB TITLE: Senior Major Gifts Officer

DEPARTMENT:  Advancement

REPORTS TO: Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Summary: This position is directly responsible for frontline fundraising.  The Senior Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and successfully stewarding qualified prospects and donors.  They will also meet regularly with deans, faculty, and administrators to understand major priorities and goals and to provide timely information on donor cultivation.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Fundraises using a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments from high net-worth individuals.
  • Regularly coordinates and attends donor and prospect meetings
  • Maintains and manages a stewardship calendar
  • Writes gift proposals and makes other asks designed to meet or exceed budget goals, with a strong focus on fundraising for our PhD program and around various DEIA initiatives
  • Actively moves management of a portfolio of 150-175 donors and prospects with gift capacity of $50,000 or more
  • Designs and applies a custom cultivation strategy to each donor and prospect in their pipeline
  • Coordinates and attends internal strategy meetings to determine and define the areas of greatest fundraising needs
  • Proactively identifies and completes initial qualification research on potential major donors outside UArts’ existing network


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.


  • Minimum 5-7 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization); CFRE certification preferred
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant ($50,000+) commitments from donors
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse portfolio and steward donors through a moves management cycle
  • Familiarity with fundraising database systems (Raiser’s Edge preferred)


Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills are essential
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and campus partners, interacting in person as well as by telephone and other electronic means
  • Arts literacy, and some familiarity with the Philadelphia arts/university funding community, is preferred
  • Familiarity with, and commitment to, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives necessary
  • Proven ability to manage multiple unique projects at once
  • May be trained to use data management tools
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, Zoom
  • Ability to budget and manage university purchasing card
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as warranted


About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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