Senior Development Officer

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Aug 08, 2017
MIT, Department of Biology
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Biology, to plan and develop all phases of a program to expand endowment and operating support for the department. This will include identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospects for leadership and principal gifts from alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations; and supervising stewardship of new and existing donors. Emphasis will be placed on individual major gift fund-raising ($100,000+) and increased engagement of alumni. Will also maintain and expand annual stewardship plan including events, gift acknowledgements, and annual donor reports; plan and implement strategic cultivation or acknowledgement events; work with Communications team to aid in developing and executing a department communications strategy including annual appeal to graduate alumni, online newsletter, communications materials, donor reports for endowed funds and lectureships, faculty profile and achievements, contributions to School of Science newsletter, and special reports; work with volunteers to coordinate contact with prospective donors; and travel to cultivate prospective donors. Position involves coordinating fund-raising activities with the School of Science, Office of Resource Development, and Alumni Association.

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree; minimum of five years’ development experience, with background in major gift fund-raising; initiative; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and excellent computer skills, including proficiency with database management systems. Must be able to manage a variety of tasks concurrently; work both independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team; remain flexible as situations demand; exercise independent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality; and gather and compile information from a variety of sources. Experience in higher education preferred. Interest or experience in the life sciences a plus. (Must be willing to travel approximately 10% of the time and work occasional evening and weekend events.) Job # 15005  Apply by searching for job id 15005 at