Development Associate

Job description

Development Associate

*Cover letter is required with application.*

Summary: The Development Associate is a two-year position with the possibility of permanent employment dependent upon departmental funding and job performance, assisting the Director of Development in identifying, qualifying, and soliciting prospective donors for annual fund support and giving society gifts to support Wake Forest University’s fundraising initiatives. Manages a portfolio and works closely with the Director of Development to strengthen relationships to increase philanthropic support.

Essential Functions:

  • Meets with alumni, parents, and friends and determines their level of support/engagement, market composition, and ways to increase communication.
  • Meets with potential prospects to identify inclination, capacity, and potential involvement.
  • Manages portfolio of donors and prospects with specific fundraising goals and benchmarks.
  • Solicits donors for support of the Wake Forest Fund, giving societies and other programs/projects as appropriate.
  • Meets and exceeds goals for monthly visits, solicitations and commitments, and effectively manages a large group of prospects.
  • Documents fundraising progress through call reports, cultivation strategy updates, and other communication materials as necessary.
  • Works closely with Director of Development to implement a territorial fundraising strategy.
  • Communicates effectively between different departments.
  • Participates in frequent territory travel related to the Wake Will Lead capital campaign.
  • Conducts outreach, schedules appointments, and communicates results and appropriate assessments.
  • Monitors travel budget and expenditures.
  • Represents the University in various institutional divisions as well as the general public and local community. Maintains current knowledge of university-wide institutional priorities.
  • Assists with and participates in all University Advancement functions and campaign events, as necessary.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A degree from Wake Forest University.
  • Knowledge and a clear understanding of Wake Forest University, its component schools, and programs.
  • Detail-oriented in coordinating activities.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills in prioritizing workflow and managing resources.
  • Ability to manage and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound judgment and discretion.
  • Excellent proficiency in Windows, Google Calendar, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), the internet, and other relevant software. Proficiency in the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to research, collect, and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of the University policies and procedures, or ability to acquire knowledge in a short period of time.
  • Ability to be a team player and willingness to take initiative.
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally as necessary.
  • Ability to meet requirements of the University's automobile insurance.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A member of the Wake Forest University undergraduate graduating class for the most recent/current academic year OR alumni from the past two graduating classes.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Budgetary responsibilities.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States






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Posted: 3/8/2018
Application Due: 3/24/2018
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