Major Gift Officer

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Major Gift Officer

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Jun 11, 2021

Hamilton College seeks an experienced major gift officer to join its distinguished Advancement division. Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Giving & Donor Relations, the major gift officer carries a portfolio of individual prospects, generally focused on specific geographic regions, and solicits prospective donors for six- and seven-figure gifts.

Operating in a College-wide campaign environment, the major gift officer is a vital member of the Advancement team. This position is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, collaborative, and experienced development professional to contribute to the success of Hamilton’s current capital campaign.  

Hamilton will consider applicants who wish to work remotely.


  • Manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects who have the capacity to make commitments of $100,000+
  • Make multiple significant contacts with each assigned prospect throughout the year and conduct personal visits at least annually
  • Evaluate various gift opportunities and giving vehicles and suggest the most suitable for individual donors
  • Develop, write, and present proposals in keeping with the College’s needs and with donors’ interests and financial situations
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with donors and prospects, and successfully solicit major gifts
  • Meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives
  • Maintain complete and timely records of contacts with donors and prospects
  • In partnership with the Advancement Events and Promotions and Donor Relations teams, plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events for individuals and groups
  • Represent the College at virtual events and in-person events on and off campus
  • Understand and represent the full range of activities at the College and be able to articulate its fundraising priorities
  • Manage key volunteers in a variety of roles including identification, engagement, solicitation and event planning
  • Interact effectively and consult with internal contacts such as the president, deans, senior staff, directors, faculty, and Advancement staff travel with and staff the president, senior staff, and campus partners
  • Assist in short- and long- term strategic planning for the major gifts program
  • Perform other development-related duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably from a liberal arts college
  • Four or more years of face-to-face leadership or major gift solicitation, prospect management, and successful development experience, or the equivalent

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively cultivate major gift relationships and close six- and seven-figure gifts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Articulate and persuasive written and oral presentation skills
  • Genuine affinity for the liberal arts and the mission of Hamilton College
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Willingness to learn and understand Hamilton’s priorities and the ability to advocate and articulate them to donors and prospects
  • Innovative, self-motivated, and able to manage multiple projects well, working both independently and as a team member
  • Creative, positive outlook, and sense of humor
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and work ethic
  • Time-sensitive, goal oriented and deadline driven
  • Appreciative and respectful of confidential information
  • Maintain valid U.S. Driver's License, willingness to travel
  • Evening and weekend work required

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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