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Major Gift Officer
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Apr. 29, 2024
Title Major Gift Officer
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Department Leadership Giving
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Institutional Advancement
    Alumni Relations

Major Gift Officer


Leadership Giving

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Major Gift Officer (MGO) will partner with faculty and the Advancement team to grow the culture of philanthropy with alumni at WPI. The MGO's portfolio will concentrate on Undergraduate and graduate alumni. This position is based in Worcester, MA. WPI is seeking an entrepreneurial major gift officer who will utilize proven practices and new ideas to engage and re-engage with alumni as they take the major gift program to new heights. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Leadership Giving, the MGO will partner closely with faculty, Institute leaders, and Advancement colleagues to cultivate donor relationships, engage alumni, and increase overall financial support at this critical time in WPI's history. The ideal candidate will have a passion for applying their donor-centered individual giving fundraising skills to raise funds for an educational institution committed to the values of respect, community, inclusion, innovation, and achievement.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The salary range for this position is $82,600 - $103,300, depending on experience.

This is a hybrid position.



  • Manage a portfolio of 100-150 major gift prospects and donors, meeting expectations for annually articulated solicitation and revenue goals. Effectively and efficiently move prospects through the donor pipeline to successfully close major gifts. Create opportunities to conduct a minimum of 100 substantive interactions annually, involving institutional leadership, faculty, and high-level volunteers, when appropriate, to efficiently cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership gift prospects and donors.
  • Partner with colleagues across the Institute to create comprehensive solicitation strategies that support mutually shared goals and lead to the identification of new high-level prospects. Collaborate with Donor Relations and Communications colleagues to ensure that managed prospects are receiving appropriate levels of stewardship and engagement, and to prepare proposals and gift agreements.
  • Develop and articulate a deep knowledge of WPI's culture and history, its fundraising priorities, academic, extra-curricular, and athletic programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree with one to three years of experience in institutional advancement or fundraising with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively and possess strong verbal and writing skills.

Please include a cover letter with your resume for consideration.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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