Job Description

Job Title: Major Gifts Officer
Job ID: 48085442
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: 3001 Magee Health Foundation
Location: 3339 Ward Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The Magee-Women's Research Institute & Foundation (MWRIF) seeks a dynamic individual for a Major Gifts Officer position. The MWRIF is a non-profit foundation created to support the mission of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (MWH) and the Magee-Women's Research Institute (MWRI).

This position is a front-line fundraising role focused primarily on individuals, families, family foundations and corporations with the capacity to make contributions at the $10,000 to $1 million level.  Additional responsibilities include building a portfolio (approximately 125 to 175 potential donors) and for forging strong working partnerships with medical & nursing staff and research faculty to identify prospects. 

The foundation raises philanthropic support to fund research, programmatic and capital priorities of these organizations. The Major Gifts Officer will work to create and implement a stewardship program for donors that will engender renewed and increased philanthropic commitments.

Working with the Vice President for Development, and the Manager of Prospect Research and Management, the Major Gifts Officer will develop cultivation and solicitation strategies with the goal of soliciting prospects for commitments at the $10,000 level and above within 18 months of identification.

You will work to create and implement a stewardship program for donors that will engender renewed and increased philanthropic commitments. The annual fundraising goal for the position is $350,000 up to 1.5 million dollars. As Major Gifts Officer you will work strategically to coordinate prospect and donor contacts as appropriate with the senior staff, volunteer and Hospital leadership and senior medical, nursing and research faculty.

  • Represent the Magee Women's Hospital Research Institute in building relationships with individuals and families that will generate significant philanthropic support for strategic initiatives to advance the Hospital's mission.
  • Develop tailored prospect and donor-specific strategies and tactics to advance the philanthropic relationship and giving potential.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President as they may arise.
  • Demonstrate through behavior hospital's core values of integrity, care, balance, excellence, stewardship, and teamwork - (see institution's Performance Excellence Program information).
  • Operate collaboratively and openly with a high attention to detail to provide excellent service to prospects, donors, medical and nursing staff and research faculty, Foundation and Hospital leadership.
  • Serve as liaison to auxiliary board(s) to provide strategic advice and direction.
  • Log all relationship information in the Raisers Edge database in compliance with the Hospital's HIPPA policies.
  • Develop strong working relationships of trust and confidence with clinical and research faculty.
  • Assure the prompt gift acceptance, deposit, acknowledgement and recognition of gifts.


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, marketing, sales, business or related field required. 
  • 5 - 8 years of experience in a non-profit setting preferred; or experience in sales, marketing and communication in the for-profit environment. 
  • Experience in a health care setting preferred; experience in an academic medical center desired. 
  • A track record of securing major gifts from identification through cultivation and solicitation preferred. 
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge donor tracking software preferred. 
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential preferred. 

Required Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written communication skills and the ability to work with many different people such as donors, volunteers, trustees and staff. 
  • Team oriented; works well within group situations. 
  • Must be very organized, analytical and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. 
  • Computer literacy. 
  • High level of enthusiasm, initiative, motivation and self-direction. 
  • Must be knowledgeable about and capable of articulating verbally and in writing the Hospital's mission, vision and priorities

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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