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Leadership Gift Officer

Russell Sage College
Job Location:
Troy, New York
Development and Fundraising

About Russell Sage College:

Russell Sage College is a dynamic, comprehensive college of approximately 2,600 students. Through a strong liberal education curriculum and progressive academic programs, Russell Sage College serves traditional students and working professionals who pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees on campuses in Troy and Albany, NY. Russell Sage College also offers online programs.

Job Description:

The Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) is a front-line fundraiser and a member of the Office of Institutional Advancement. The LGO reports directly to the Senior Director of Major Gifts and works collaboratively with the Senior Director of Annual Giving. The LGO is responsible for soliciting unrestricted and restricted gifts to Russell Sage College.

The estimated start date for this position is January 2023.


  • Build and maintain a portfolio of annual fund prospects (100+ constituents).
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual fund and potential major gifts to the College ($5,000-$25,000).
  • Conduct a minimum of 12-15 personal and event visits per month (visits can be a hybrid of in person and/or virtual).
  • Serve as a member of both the Annual Fund and the Major Gifts teams, working to reach annual target goals each year, grow the annual fund, and build the pipeline of annual and major gift prospects.
  • Work with Senior Director of Annual Giving to grow and expand President's Society membership.
  • Comply with prospect management guidelines for data entry and metric compliance.
  • Attend regularly scheduled College and Advancement meetings, as appropriate.

The estimated salary is $51,480 per year for 40 hours per week for 52 weeks.



  • A Bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree in a discipline is desirable.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience, preferably in higher education, in soliciting and closing Annual Fund gifts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel. Knowledge of Colleague Database system helpful.
  • Strong administrative skills, creativity, organizational ability, attention to detail and focus.
  • Strong knowledge of development concepts and fund-raising techniques, especially those related to Annual Giving.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team approach with colleagues and volunteers, and enjoys working with people.
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • The ability to communicate in a professional, courteous and organized manner with staff and diverse external populations.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to travel both regionally and across the country.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings, as needed.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage deadlines.

*This position currently qualifies for a "flexible work arrangement" as defined by the RSC Remote and Flexible Work Policy performed in part on-site at RSC and in part at an off-campus location via telework. Hours performed off campus must be approved by the supervisor.

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