Reunion Giving Officer, Development

Yale University   •  

New Haven, CT

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


Less than 5 years

Posted 12 days ago

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:

Yale University seeks a Reunion Giving Officer to join the university's distinguished division of Alumni Affairs and Development. Reporting to the Director of Reunion Giving and, as a member of the Reunion Giving team, the Reunion Giving Officer solicits Yale College alumni for gifts of varying sizes during their quinquennial reunions and manages alumni volunteers for several assigned reunion classes. Operating in a comprehensive, university-wide campaign environment, the Reunion Giving Officer achieves annual fundraising goals tied to specific reunion classes and helps to ensure the overall success of their assigned classes in a multitude of important ways. This position is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, strategic, and collaborative development professional to come in on the ground floor of Yale's next capital campaign to work with some of the university's highest-level donors, volunteers, and university citizens.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and four years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Ability to directly manage volunteers, and/or provide guidance and support to volunteers. Ability to develop and implement effective strategies to recruit volunteers and train volunteers on solicitation techniques and university messaging.
  • ​Ability to personally and consistently close philanthropic gifts from donors. Ability to utilize industry standard fundraising best practices and values a donor-centric approach. Demonstrated ability collaborating with colleagues to determine donor philanthropic interests. Ability to promote various giving vehicles which may include planned giving.
  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and technological skills. Ability to initiate and maintain direct communication with alumni. Professionalism, maturity, collaborative approach to work, and ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to be a flexible as a team member, ability and willingness to work some irregular hours.
  • Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks while attending to details and follow-through. Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, high volume environment. Ability to show initiative, and work independently with integrity while demonstrating a results-oriented work ethic.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with volunteers and colleagues about fundraising priorities, giving procedures, and university business.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience in a Reunion fundraising program in higher education or another nonprofit organization. Familiarity with Planned Giving tools and techniques. Experience and comfort navigating a fundraising database.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.