Development Officer

Gulfport, Saint Petersburg
May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


POSITION:               Development Officer

DEPARTMENT:      Development & Alumni Relations

Primary Purpose:

Connect donors and potential donors with opportunities to advance the College of Law through financial contributions and volunteer leadership.


  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects; recommend and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies of individual prospects, working with administration, faculty and volunteers as appropriate; meet with prospects and volunteers, traveling as necessary.
  • Steward current donors and provide outstanding customer service, proposing renewals and upgrades for annual gifts as appropriate.
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 120 prospects through the fundraising cycle of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Work with the Assistant Dean to outline annual and incremental quantitative fundraising goals and align activity to meet or exceed these goals.  
  • Commit to a reasonable average number of weekly and monthly donor contacts and proposals in pursuit of annual departmental goal.
  • Travel frequently throughout Florida and occasionally beyond visiting with the alumni and supporters of the College of Law.  In conjunction with this travel, some night and weekend work is required
  • Create compelling, unique proposals for donors to upgrade their giving or invest for the first time.
  • Occasionally provide support with creative writing, public speaking, and other communications activities.
  • Complete contact reports for all interactions of significance
  • Conduct research on prospects
  • Maintain knowledge of current tax laws, investments and planned giving opportunities; use knowledge in prospect cultivation and solicitation as appropriate.
  • Assist administrators and faculty in the recognition and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs; keep abreast of institutional and departmental priorities, University programs, personalities and events.
  • Maintain personal image and professional demeanor consistent with service as the representative of a prestigious law college.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree required from an accredited college of university, with an advanced degree (M.S., J.D.) preferred; have or develop and maintain a working knowledge of estate planning principles and a clear understanding of all forms of annual, capital and deferred gifts. Prefer three to five years’ experience in a non-profit organization(s) or in a closely related field such as estate, tax or financial planning.  Additional special skills and characteristics include the following:

  • Outgoing professional advisor with experience building client relationships and a passion for the mission of the College of Law.
  • Strong proven interpersonal skills to deal effectively with board members, internal organizational leadership and other Development & Alumni Relations staff, as well as donors and prospects and their advisors.
  • Integrity coupled with the ability to engender trust and confidence.
  • Proactive strategic thinker.
  • Energetic team player.
  • Ability to actively listen.
  • Good observation skills.
  • Strong communication skills, articulate, conceptual and persuasive.
  • Goal and task oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Good judgment and initiative.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Ability to work autonomously in carrying out assigned responsibilities while answering formally to the Assistant Dean.  
  • Works to build an environment that promotes and facilitates the success of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. 
  • Computer skills include:  Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).  Raisers Edge experience a plus.

Please visit Click on How to Apply to complete the secure online application and upload your resume. You may also mail your cover letter/resume/application and salary requirements to Human Resources Office at 1401 61st Street S, Gulfport, FL 33707 or email to The position will remain open until filled.


The Stetson University community is dedicated to being one of inclusive excellence, where people from all backgrounds can live, learn, work and contribute.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.


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