Major Gifts Officer

Durham, North Carolina
May 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Occupational Summary:

Develop programs and strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward grateful patients, families and friends of Duke Children's for significant gifts to fund projects and priorities.

Work Performed:

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects ($100K or more); recommend and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for individual prospects, working with administration, faculty and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Build partnerships, establish and maintain regular communication with faculty to increase and manage the level of faculty referrals of grateful patients to enhance major gifts activities.
  • Assist administrators and faculty in the identification and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs; keep abreast of institutional programs.
  • Develop, evaluate and refine plans and timetables for departmental or theme assignments; assist in planning and/or directing cultivation events or programs.
  • Identify and participate in special events, recognition and stewardship programs as appropriate; write acknowledgement letters as needed to enhance relationships with donors.
  • Write or assist in drafting proposals and other materials as necessary; assist with publicity arrangements on important gifts, programs, accomplishments or events.
  • Follow procedures in coordination with the Office of Gift records to ensure effective collecting, recording, accounting, acknowledgement and follow-up on all private gifts to assigned departments.
  • Develop contact reports and monthly moves management reports. Work with colleagues across the institution to collaborate on prospects with multiple interests.
  • Maintain and manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects.
  • Follow best fundraising and operational practices for Duke Medicine Development.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • Proven success in securing major gifts of $100,000 and up.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, complex fundraising activities simultaneously and coordinate solicitation strategies in a decentralized environment.
  • Occasional travel and flexibility in work hours may be necessary at times to accomplish objectives and satisfy goals.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.



Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. Experience



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