Associate Director of Development, CIT

Reference: JOB1000
Employer: Carnegie Mellon University

This person is responsible for the management of relationships with a portfolio of major gift prospects for the College of Engineering, with a focus on the Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (ChemE), and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) alumni. Major gift prospects are individuals who have been determined to have the ability to make gifts that generally range from $25K to $999K.

This gift officer will be responsible primarily for prospects supporting the departments of BME, ChemE, and EPP. This gift officer will develop and implement strategies for securing financial support from this group and will manage a portfolio of 125 prospects. Travel outside the Pittsburgh region is normally required 12 to 15 times a year or 36 to 45 days per year.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts for the university from alumni, parents, and friends.
  • Working closely with the respective department heads in defining philanthropy priorities and relationship opportunities, such as strategic opportunities for alumni engagement (i.e. mentoring of students, guest lectures, etc.) that lead to the overall advancement of the department’s activities.
  • Identifying and cultivating top alumni and friends of the department as representatives on the Department Head’s Council.
  • Additionally, this gift officer will – in conjunction with the BME, ChemE, and EPP department heads and key faculty – drive the strategic direction for the departments' philanthropic and alumni engagement efforts, and
  • Implementation of key cultivation and stewardship initiatives. 

In order to be successful in this endeavor, the gift officer will be expected to coordinate with the department head, key faculty, staff members, and students to drive initiatives and activities for alumni engagement. This individual must be able to work independently while also working as a member of the College of Engineering Advancement team and must coordinate his/her activities with those of other units in University Advancement, other units at the university and the overall Individual Giving fundraising effort.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3-5 years Major Gift Fundraising Experience required
  • 3-5 years Non-Profit or Higher Education Fundraising Experience



Posted February 7, 2018