Major Gifts Officer

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is seeing a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to strategically identify and solicit prospective donors who have interests in and the capacity to make gifts over $20,000. The MGO is responsible for developing a portfolio of current and prospective donors and driving the validation, engagement, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts to the university.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish fundraising objectives for the major gifts by identifying, qualifying and developing coordinated cultivation plans and major gift proposals
  • Design and develop solicitation strategies to create a pipeline for gifts and campaign donations by monitoring and evaluating reports to identify individual donors with leadership gift potential
  • Design and develop solicitation strategies and outreach efforts to connect with, and develop a continuous pipeline of, various stakeholders, supporters and institutions to the organization and maintain a database of industry partners, donors, facilitators, consultants, presenters and vendors
  • Build relationships and conduct regular validation meetings with prospects and alumni in local and regional areas across the state including community partners, STEM professionals, corporations, etc. to help determine giving potential and opportunities for engagement
  • Prepare quality promotional solicitation and campaign materials, including proposals and executive summaries and briefings
  • Work in a highly collaborative fashion, and in conjunction with colleagues, to engage faculty, staff and senior leadership to nurture a culture of philanthropic support and implement best practices for partnering in development and alumni engagement efforts
  • Exercise sound judgment, hospitality, reliability and organizational skills in the management of overall functions of major gifts fundraising while providing subject matter expertise in philanthropy and fund development and continually developing knowledge of effective major gifts programs nation-wide as an additional source of effective new ideas
  • Receive and process correspondence and create, draft and disseminate memos, letters, thank you notes, monthly newsletters, emails, presentations and reports; prepare content and post cohesive messaging across all forms of communications
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual initiatives, and other special projects; prepare task deadline calendars to ensure timely and accurate follow-through of projects


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and three years of relevant work experience in a university or non-profit fund-raising environment
  • Broad perspective on major gift fundraising with demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors
  • Strategic and diplomatic thinker with demonstrated success in moving strategic agendas
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; the ability to compose letters and memos and to create spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Proven ability to manage phone and in-person communication with confidence and strong customer service skills including tact and diplomacy
  • A strong work ethic, flexibility, initiative, creative problem-solving abilities, a high level of energy and the ability to work independently
  • Organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects concurrently in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and to manage complex projects from planning through implementation
  • Excellent command of general business etiquette and professional demeanor
  • Strong research skills, attention to detail in project management and proofreading
  • Self-starter with initiative and drive to achieve goals
  • Proficiency using MS Office suite, specifically, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (for mail merges, name tags, detailed lists; etc.) and experience with donor databases

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to


About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.



Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.


Harrisburg University- At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center


Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of May 1, 2018.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.



  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics and the first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Spring 2019.
  • Trimester system


Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.


Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Government Technology Institute, and The Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines


Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with:
    • Penn State University – USA
    • Francis University – USA
    • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
    • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
    • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
    • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
    • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
    • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnologia e Ciencias – Bahia, Brazil
    • St Aloysius College- India
    • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
    • Harrisburg Area Community College
    • Community College of Baltimore County
    • Lehigh Carbon Community College
    • Alvernia University
    • Montgomery College
    • Community College of Philadelphia


About Harrisburg:

Located in a dynamic downtown setting, Harrisburg University connects people to a diverse and exciting community. In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities.” In 2009, the Harrisburg area was rated 12th in the “Best Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities in 2010 and the area was named #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. More than 600,000 residents call the Harrisburg region home, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA. Located in the heart of a thriving, bustling downtown, HU is connected to Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping, dining and office complex that serves as the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which also neighbors HU, hosts an array of theatrical and concert events, in addition to displaying a rotation of mesmerizing exhibits throughout the year. Nearby Restaurant Row, and City Island, also provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and other entertainment options. We have teamed with a local developer to renovate nearby building that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes. Concerts, art festivals and shows also take place along the city’s river walk. Museums, fitness clubs, theatres and minor league baseball games are but a few of the entertainment options the HU community can take advantage of on any given day.