Development Officer, Schwarzman Center

New Haven, CT

Yale University

Yale University, conveniently located between Boston and New York, offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Located in the heart of historic downtown New Haven with more than 100 local boutiques, national retailers, cafés, casual eateries, award-winning restaurants, and world-renowned theaters, galleries, and museums.

General Purpose: 

Yale University seeks a talented fundraiser to join Alumni Affairs and Development in support of the new Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC). Reporting to both the director of parent gifts and the deputy director of YSC, the YSC development officer will engage and solicit prospective donors to Yale University for gifts in the $10,000 to $250,000 range and will play a central role collaborating with YSC staff and development officers across the university. This new role will be responsible for identifying, engaging, and cultivating relationships with recently graduated alumni, as well as parents and friends, in support of programming at the YSC, a new hub for student life and the arts at Yale. This will include organizing personalized visits to campus, virtual tours, and other activities to inspire and strengthen relationships with new donors and friends to the arts at Yale. The ideal candidate will be expected to build productive relationships across the university with leaders, key administrators, faculty members, unit development directors, and gift officers to partner with them on case strategy, prospect cultivation, and proposal writing. They will be responsible for written communications including donor correspondence, proposals, administrator briefings, and stewardship, and will collaborate closely with central development and YSC leadership on creative engagement strategies. This may include conducting research, writing, coordinating cultivation events, developing itineraries, reporting on activity, and tracking expenses. The ideal candidate will be a creative thinker and problem solver, and appropriately persistent in their approach to engaging and networking with artists and supporters. Familiarity with the cultural sector (nonprofit and/or commercial such as TV/Film/Media, Theater, Dance, Music, Comedy) would be useful in leveraging this new role to collaborate effectively with campus partners and prospective donors.


This position is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, high-performing, collaborative development professional to join the new YSC team as the Center launches in 2021.


This position will begin remotely until Yale’s campus reopens more widely, currently estimated around late summer/early fall. As public health conditions allow, this position will be expected to travel as needed to achieve fundraising goals and will be expected to host potential supporters at the Center for tours, performances, and conversations. This could include nights and weekends.


YSC is committed to driving positive social change. We are building an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist organization made up of individuals who share and support the goals set forth in the Center’s mission, and who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.


Required Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree 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.



  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with special emphasis on advanced writing ability. Experience synthesizing and prioritizing information from a wide array of sources while maintaining an attention to detail and effectively managing overall workflow.
  • Demonstrates initiative, drive, and resiliency to secure meetings with prospective donors. Creative, innovative, flexible, with excellent organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrates emotional intelligence as well as intellectual and social curiosity.
  • Proactive, productive team contributor with a positive attitude and sense of humor. Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments and take personal responsibility for outcomes. Persistent, results oriented and driven to succeed personally, and is inspired by challenging team goals and the belief that art inspires hope.
  • The ability to work independently, manage multiple projects effectively and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in a complex team-oriented, environment. Sensitivity to and ability to maintain confidentiality of information and materials.
  • The interest and ability to be an active presence at the Center to look for opportunities to engage new donors on content. Willingness to attend nights and weekend activities to achieve engagement and fundraising objectives. Willingness and ability to travel when safe to do so.
  • Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Experience fundraising in the arts and nonprofit sector, especially higher education. Familiarity with dance, theater, music, visual arts, and digital media. Familiarity with event planning, organizing/staffing site visits. Experience in cold calling, negotiating, and closing gifts. Proficient in Word, Excel and related systems to produce reports and analysis.
  • Preferred Licenses or Certifications: Valid driver’s license


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


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.


Posted: 04/06/2021