Job Information

University of Utah Major Gifts Officer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date

Requisition Number PRN36860B

Job Title Major Gifts Officer

Working Title Major Gifts Officer

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 1.00

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00195 - College of Health-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 56000 - 61000 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

This position has the opportunity to join a team setting that is engaging donors, alumni and the community around aspirational fundraising goals for the College of Health. The college has the largest student body in U of U Health and is among the largest colleges/schools at the university. The college is implementing a strategic effort to engage nearly 18,000 alumni. In addition, this position works with individuals, foundations, and corporations to raise funds for endowments and annual support. The College is a salient part of the transformation of health care, and this position will help to ensure its successful role through philanthropy. To learn more about us, please visit:


· Build relationships and secure philanthropic support ($1,000 and above) through personal visits with donors and prospective donors, including individuals, businesses/corporations, and foundations.

· Inform potential contributors of the needs of the College of Health and encourage gifts to endowments, annual fund and projects.

· Assure appropriate acknowledgment of contributions.

· Provide staff support for the Alumni Board, events of the Alumni Board and promote alumni participation both in Utah and out of state.

· Acts as a liaison with department administrators, donors, volunteers, university development office, alumni department, and community


· Follow up with donors through annual fund, qualification and phonathon campaigns.

· Identify and maintain information on donors and prospective donors.

· Prepares proposals by performing research, coordinating with department board members, meeting with potential donors, corporations or foundations and writing the proposals.

· Assist with marketing and communication efforts.

· Assist donors in being ambassadors.

· Organizes or assists with the solicitation strategies of donors.

· May represent the department /college or University at various community meetings and events.

· Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Business, or a related area or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience). Four years of experience in high-end repeat sales or direct fund-raising required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communications skills also required. Fund-raising or repeat sales experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully establish long term relationships with high-end customers is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Three years of fund-raising experience which includes direct solicitation of contributions, volunteer leadership support, written and verbal presentations, and strategy and market development

Experience in grant or proposal writing and a background working with local print and electronic media is preferred.

Demonstrated negotiating skills

Experience working with nonprofit volunteer boards/committees is preferred.

Experience in alumni engagement and fundraising, including soliciting donations through phone and email

Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written

Proven track record in successful grant writing and corporate solicitation

Prior experience creating a development plan

Experience with fundraising databases such as Unite or Salesforce

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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