Position Title: Development Officer Department: Constituent Programs Division: College of Education Reports To: Director of Development/Assistant Dean of Development Supervises: n/a
The Development Officer will strategically execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $25,000.00 and up level. This individual will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift level and will be responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects. The Development Officer, College of Education will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Foundation.
• Works with the Dean of the College of Education and the Director of Development/Assistant Dean of Development to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation. • Assists in developing and coordinating the annual major gift plan of the College of Education, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established goal of $1,000,000 or more • Establishes new relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments of the performance of the College of Education and the FSU Foundation. • Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect pipeline of 125 individuals who have a giving capacity of $25,000 or more • Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU • Coordinates with central development staff and other cross-functional team members to identify prospects and develop team solicitation plans for planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and principal gifts • Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit, effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those specific needs • Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project / philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs • Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University • Negotiates gift agreements, prepares and presents proposals • Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines • Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of their gift(s). Implementation of such a stewardship plan may include but should not be limited to letters, communication of unit or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement or the facilitation of campus visits • Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with the College of Education • Effectively communicates organization's mission and represents the organization's culture to external stakeholders. • Protects confidential information • Perform other related duties as required and assigned
Education & Experience
• Bachelor's degree required • Minimum of two years of professional experience in major gift development in a university setting; Experience in a related field with basic knowledge of personal solicitation methods may also be considered • Demonstrated, progressive experience in seeking financial support for multi-million dollar programs or initiatives preferred • Proficient in the Microsoft Office products suite
Skills and Abilities
• Must be conversant with FSU alumni, faculty and staff members with similarly qualified educational backgrounds • A self-starter, comfortable working independently. • Ability to work autonomously • Ability to maintain consistent and constructive communication with the Dean of the College of Education, the Assistant Dean for Development and the FSU Foundation • Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills • Facilitate constructive and consistent communications with colleagues, donors, prospective donors and alumni, including letters, surveys and telephone solicitation programs • Team work approach and a can-do, assertive philosophy • Creative thinking and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship • Professional demeanor • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities • Careful attention to detail • Ability to listen • Ability and willingness to travel • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
The Florida State University Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or other protected category.