Major Gifts Associate

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Major Gifts Associate

Stanford University

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The External Relations department of the Stanford Graduate School of Business seeks a Major Gifts Associate, who will report to the Regional Director of Development and who will work closely with the major gift team and across the GSB and University to ensure excellent customer relationships with our donors and alumni. We are about to enter a major, multi-year fundraising effort. The Major Gifts team is a key engine of our division's overall development efforts.

In this role, you will provide general administrative support to three members of the Major Gifts team and will be responsible for a range of programmatic and administrative assignments within the major gifts team, many of which will be specifically related to the team's central fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship goals. You will be a core part of our team's efforts and will gain insights into all of our operations. Working occasional evening and weekend events may be required, in accordance with county health guidelines. Flexible hours may be considered.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide project and administrative support.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining systems.
  • Build a network of relevant contacts and stay informed on current university initiatives and activities.
  • Review and track funds and report on use of gifts, as assigned.
  • Facilitate preparations for key donor meetings and development officer travel, including developing itineraries and drafting briefings
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of events and donor cultivation, as needed.
  • Retrieve information about prospects and donors, update records, and generate reports using the university external relations database.
  • Track budget(s), and process reimbursements for department.
  • Assist in the design, publication and production of select fundraising or communications materials.
  • Bring and foster a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned duties.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and one-year relevant experience or a combination of education and experience.
  • An interest in working with a top-performing higher education fundraising team.
  • Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office and Google suites, including working proficiency with basic spreadsheet formulas and data analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of database systems, such as Microsoft Access and Excel and Salesforce
  • Ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals.
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with a wide range of people.
  • Outstanding communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Exercise discretion in working with highly confidential and sensitive information.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Location: Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 6/8/2033
Work Type: Full Time