Leadership Annual Giving Officer Opportunity
Leadership Annual Giving Officer Opportunity
Are you looking to take the next step in your fundraising career? If you have experience in higher education alumni engagement or development, non-profit fundraising, or as a student caller for your alma mater, then this position may be the right opportunity to propel your career forward.
As a key member of San José State University's Annual Giving team, you have the opportunity to engage alumni, donors, and other members of the community in philanthropic support of the university. Through calls and face-to-face visits, you have the opportunity to learn the interests of potential donors and share the impact of San José State in order to cultivate deeper relationships with these prospects.
What you’ll do:
Secure new donors and prospects as well as new and renewed leadership annual gifts through direct solicitation of individuals with the capacity to make gifts of $1,000 - $10,000. Be energetic and highly mobile; you’re expected to have a high volume of contacts and face-to-face meetings each year, primarily with alumni living in the SF Bay Area. Demonstrate your success in this position primarily through your determination to secure visits, gifts, and refer relationships to colleagues. After engaging prospects, you’ll devise the appropriate next steps for leadership annual giving prospects. This may include personally soliciting a gift, recommending further engagement through other programs, or recommending a major gifts officer foster the relationship. You’ll have great partners in the Advancement Research team as well as the Annual Giving team to identify prospective donors and strategically assess their philanthropic capacity and inclination. Be an active and collaborative team member in Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving and University Advancement. Assist with donor recognition and stewardship, and other Annual Giving and development activities in support of university-wide campaign initiatives. Work a schedule with occasional evening hours and weekends.
What you have:
The ideal candidate will have strong communication and relationship building skills, a focus on details, and excellent program and project organization skills, in addition to:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (by date of appointment). One to two years of successful experience in higher education alumni engagement or development or non-profit fundraising, Proven successful experience as a student caller for at least two years, or other comparable sales or outreach experience will also be considered. Demonstrated ability to identify, qualify, solicit, and steward gifts from individual donors. Skill in making cold calls (opening doors) as well as developing donor-centric cultivation and solicitation strategies. Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Strong listening skills.
About San José State University
San José State is the public university powering Silicon Valley, the world’s high tech capital. As the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study. With more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the SF Bay Area.
SJSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
San José State University plays a vital role in the dynamic and multicultural Silicon Valley in developing future leaders and in preparing our graduates to succeed in an increasingly global marketplace. The university is dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. These principles permeate all facets of university life: in the admission, housing and education of students; in policies and practices governing programs of extracurricular life and activities; and in the employment of faculty, staff, and students. Discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, is an affront to the entire university community and is strictly prohibited.