This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and hone your development skills!
SELECT RESPONSIBILITIES* INCLUDE:
Identify, Qualify, and Cultivate Prospective Donors: 70%
Partner with the prospect research department and Director of Development to identify, contact, and qualify individuals.
Develop and cultivate approximately 100 actively managed prospects.
Conduct calls to qualify and assess new and lapsed donors and secure face-to-face visits.
Make assessments to qualify prospects as current major gifts prospects ($25,000 or more) and collaborate with Director of Development to refer prospects.
Develop and implement strategies for each prospect, including ways to increase involvement of donors and prospects from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, religions, etc in the activities of the University.
Meet defined visit and solicitation goals and work closely with volunteers and other stakeholders to achieve them.
Complete and file timely reports. Maintain accurate and relevant records within the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Donor Management System (DMS).
Attend fundraising events and assist with event planning and execution.
Complete Gift Officer training, hitting benchmarks and progressive professional objectives.
Solicit Gifts and Ensure Appropriate Stewardship: 30%
Solicit annual gifts and reunion gifts when appropriate.
Develop and coordinate proposals for major gifts within the portfolio and in collaboration on shared prospects with the Development Officers from the College of Design and Regional Development Officer teams from the University of Minnesota Foundation. Execute moves/actions steps on behalf of and in collaboration with the development teams.
Ensure the appropriate stewardship process is in place and executed for all donors within assigned portfolio and, in collaboration, with development team, implement strategy for engagement.
*For the complete set of responsibilities, contact Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) to review the position description.
Are you interested in a career in fundraising and the possibility of advancement opportunities within a Big Ten university? We have the perfect entry-level opportunity for you! The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is hiring an Assistant Development Officer to manage an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects from diverse constituencies (eg: backgrounds, cultures, religions, abilities, etc.) by qualifying new donor prospects and continuing to develop and cultivate relationships with existing donors. Our team is fantastic and committed to supporting people who are new to the development field. We have an established training process along with mentorship by a more experienced development staff. Additionally, this role will work as part of a team of development officers to ensure consistent coverage of the College’s key departments and referral of current major gift prospects. Some travel may be required.
Bachelor’s degree; or a combination of education and experience in a field closely related to Development to total four years (eg: experience in marketing, sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with an emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals and/or businesses).
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including effective presentation skills. Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly through strong phone, email, and written communications.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with multiple groups and diverse constituencies.
Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to create and execute a plan.
Ability to attend occasional local evening and weekend events and to occasionally travel regionally and nationally.
Access to transportation to meet with donors, vendors, etc.
Ability to work independently, creatively and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and prioritize multiple tasks. Evidence of self-initiative.
Excellent organizational skills, decision-making ability, problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
Demonstrated experience in a non-profit working with donors or volunteers.
Previous experience establishing and building relationships with customers, donors, volunteers, etc.
Interest in being part of a design college within a large university.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.