Job Information

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


Open Date 07/08/2022

Requisition Number PRN31337B

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 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Typically 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (some flexibility with these hours).

While this position is intended to work on campus, it also has the ability to telework remotely for a 1-4 days each week.

An employee hired into this role who telecommutes will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and sign the University of Utah Telecommuting Agreement.

VP Area President

Department 00702 - Development Services

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $65,000- $75,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of new and emerging prospects for the University of Utah, under the direction of the Director of Major Gifts and Corporate Relations. The Major Gift Officer will consult and work collaboratively with senior University administration, deans, division directors, and area development officers on major gifts and university-wide projects. Additionally, the Major Gift Officer will develop and implement strategies for cultivating relationships, matching college projects and needs with donor interests.

University Advancement is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement programs employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.


At University of Utah, Advancement, we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to your competitive salary, medical/dental/vision/life plan and and up to 14.2% contribution to your retirement plan, we have the following perks, including:

  • Flexibility : Work remotely one – four days a week (depending on your work); feel free to skip the commute and hit your deadlines from home.
  • Office Culture : we have a highly collaborative office right at doorstep of the U campus. When you do come in, our office is stocked with hot beverages of choice in our newly renovated café. We offer several opportunities to engage and get to know your co-workers. Dress code is relaxed business/casual – we want you to be comfortable.
  • Wellness in action : take advantage of our many health and wellness programs on-campus and virtually. This includes mental health and resiliency support, discount on outdoor recreation rentals and Eccles Student Life Center, nutrition services, and more.
  • Community : Discounts and sometimes free admission to arts, cultural, museum, lectures and select sporting events on campus.
  • Learning : In addition to the many free educational opportunities on campus, the University offers 50% tuition reduction for eligible employees and their families. We also offer an professional development opportunities and an annual budget to develop your skills.

Other benefits and services include:

  • Partial Cell Phone reimbursement if you opt out of a work phone
  • Flexible Spending Accounts ( FSA )
  • Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (403(b), Roth 403(b), 457(b))
  • WellU Employee Wellness Program
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program ( EAP )
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Hyatt Legal Plans
  • UESP 529 College Savings Plan
  • Auto/Home Insurance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act


  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new and emerging major donor prospects for significant contributions to the University of Utah. This may include travel intermittently to visit key alumni and friends.
  • Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects with emphasis on gifts of $25,000 or more and develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for each assigned major gift prospect, while working with campus areas.
  • Actively use phone (qualifying 10-15 new and emerging prospects monthly) and written communication to continually qualify new and emerging donors and cultivate, solicit, and steward existing donors.
  • Work with prospect research and management teams to update, adjust, and maintain the donor portfolio. Maintain accurate and timely records and contact reports of all interaction with donors utilizing fundraising software.
  • Coordinates and maintains positive relationships with other Advancement staff members in Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Planned Giving, and support staff to maximize donor relationships and philanthropic giving to the university.
  • Prepare and write individual proposals to solicit contributions.

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 (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). 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.


  • Experience with Major Gift fundraising and Capital Campaigns.
  • Experience with a large complex CRM platform, especially Salesforce.
  • Experience working within higher education advancement.
  • Experience with negotiating and closing donations or sales.
  • Will require some travel within Utah and to regions, when safe to do so.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.