International Development Officer

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Director of International Development, the International Development Officer is responsible for fundraising from a diverse portfolio of individuals and private foundations abroad, managing prospect relationships through the donor cycle from identification to stewardship.

More specifically, the International Development Officer will:

  • Travel to Asia regularly, both independently and in support of senior university leaders and members of the faculty, overseeing scheduling of meetings, planning events, and developing complex itineraries.
  • Host visitors on campus, arranging meetings, tours, meals, and other customized engagement for donors and prospects.
  • Actively pursue a sophisticated understanding of the full breadth of research, programs, and student life at Yale University. Maintains awareness of key university fundraising priorities across Yale’s many schools and units and how these endeavors can make the greatest impact on the world through philanthropic giving to Yale.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the principal and parents giving teams to develop proposals, determine prospect strategies, and form partnerships with faculty.
  • Develop expertise on current affairs, business, philanthropy, and culture in regions where prospects live and work.

The following Essential Duties are generic in nature.

Essential Duties

  1. Develops cultivation and solicitation strategies for a portfolio of prospects and donors. Builds and manages network of relationships with prospective donors involving University administrators and faculty. Facilitates and coordinates all communication with these prospects and among the prospect’s campus relationships. Promotes positive relations with these prospects and donors.
  2. Evaluates various gift opportunities and giving vehicles and recommends the most suitable for a particular donor.
  3. Interacts with internal contacts such as Deans, Directors, Faculty, Officers, and other Development staff to consult on University needs, to formulate strategies to promote prospect engagement with the University and to identify potential donors.
  4. Assist with the strategy for and creation of written communications from various University administrators appropriate to a donor’s interests.
  5. Typically participates (often in concert with others) in gift solicitations to fund University programs and to enhance the development efforts of the Schools and departments.
  6. May travel (possibly extensively) commensurate with Yale’s standard expectations for fundraising activity, contact and travel. May involve international travel depending upon prospect assignments.
  7. Performs additional development-related activities/efforts at the request of manager.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and a minimum of four years of experience in fundraising or a related field, preferably in higher education or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with sensitive information and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Exceptional oral and written communication skills with emphasis on writing. Ability to communicate with University Officers, faculty, administrators and donors. Ability to present complex information in a clear and compelling manner in writing and in person. Ability to document meetings, write briefings, proposals and stewardship reports.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to travel extensively, especially to Asia. Demonstrated success in producing international trips for self and others, including ability to set itineraries and arrange meetings and travel logistics.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Successful experience staffing senior institutional leaders, such as university presidents, VPs, deans, and faculty. Good judgment about the extent to which cultivation can effectively be staff driven.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Willingness to proactively solicit alumni, parents, and also friends (people with no previous connection to Yale).

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience living, studying, or working abroad, preferably in Asia. Fluency in an Asian language is desirable, especially Mandarin. Advanced degree desirable. Experience working in a university or similarly complex organization. Familiarity with, and affinity for, Yale University.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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