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Development Officer, Scholarships and Endowment Specialist

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Job no: 493364
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Department: Development
Location: Moon Campus
Categories: Other
Position Title Development Officer, Scholarships and Endowment Specialist

Position Department Development

Position Type Staff Full-Time

The Development Officer, Scholarships and Endowment Specialist is responsible for collaborating with the Director for Development in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding alumni and friends of the University for the purpose of increasing philanthropic support. The Development Officer will be an energetic and entrepreneurial colleague who has an understanding of, and passion for, the mission of the University and its future.

Manages the identification, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of a portfolio of up to 200 alumni , friend donors and prospects of the University. With a high degree of independent judgment, is expected to conduct a minimum of 12 visits per month requiring extensive travel and attendance at evening and weekend events.

  • Specializes in scholarship and endowment task management, including working with other areas of campus (Admissions, Financial Aid, etc.) to ensure the best possible donor experience for scholarship donors.
  • Participates in all aspects of the gift cycle: a. Initiates contacts with potential leadership and major gifts ($1,000 or more) donors. b. Develops appropriate cultivation strategies. c. Moves potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure. d. Makes solicitations when appropriate and involves other members of the University community in order to maximize philanthropic opportunities. e. Maintains stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Functioning as a specialist in scholarships and endowment guidelines for the team, will serve as the primary Institutional Advancement Liaison to University Centers of Excellence (Veterans, Women's Leadership & Mentorship Program, Strategic Corporate Partnerships, etc.) and the respective leadership of each.
  • Will assist the annual giving team with calling at the calendar and fiscal year end as well as assisting with other small solicitations.
  • Works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, advancement staff, and other University representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for University-wide priorities.
  • Monitors and tracks all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations and maintains information in the database. Conducts donor research to discover new prospects for philanthropic support.
  • Attends University campaign-related events, alumni events, awareness events, and other appropriate University sponsored events for the purpose of engaging alumni and prospective donors as part of the identification and cultivation process.
  • All other duties as assigned. This position will drive on behalf of the University. Must be available by phone and email after typical business hours.

  • Minimum Qualifications
    Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated leadership in advancement; preferably in higher education, including development/fundraising, alumni affairs and/or other related areas.
  • Travel to off-site or out-of-town meetings is required.
  • Extensive travel and attendance at evening and weekend events is required.
  • Experience with database programs (i.e. Raiser's Edge) and understanding how to conduct donor research is preferred.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written skills are required.
  • Ability to present positive, energetic image to diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Outstanding management, planning and organizational skills to work collaboratively on a team and results-based environment.
  • Ability to self-manage time, priorities, and projects.
  • Warm, professional interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a range of staff, faculty, volunteers, alumni, current and prospective donors and the general public.
  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude, entrepreneurial mentality and proactive work ethic.
  • The ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor giving information.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • An understanding of the University's priorities and objectives and the ability to identify external opportunities or threats affecting them.
  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Exemption Status Exempt

    Act 153 Clearance Required No

    Required To Pass a Motor Vehicle Report Check Yes

    Required to Pass a Credit Check Yes

    Additional Posting Information None

    Special Applicant Instructions None

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    Robert Morris University (RMU), founded in 1921, is one of the leading universities in the Pittsburgh region. RMU provides a professionally focused education with an emphasis on engaged learning and is one of the most affordable private doctoral-level institutions in Pennsylvania. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In 2016, for the first time in its history, RMU was ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report. In 2017, RMU had among the biggest increases of all national universities in the U.S. News and World Report annual "Best Colleges" rankings released, rising 12 spots to No. 176.

    Robert Morris University is dedicated to changing the lives of its students and employees so that they can go out and change the lives of others. The University combines academic excellence with a professional focus offering numerous undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. In 2011, Robert Morris University was named as a "Top Workplace" by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette , which names the best places to work in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

    RMU offers faculty members an environment where teaching, research and service are supported and valued.

    RMU's main campus in Moon Township features 230 rolling acres and provides all the benefits of a traditional university campus, just minutes from the airport and downtown Pittsburgh.

    At Robert Morris University, we believe that institutional equity reflects our continued commitment to a community where everyone is both valued and respected. Institutional equity encompasses racial, ethnic, gender and religious diversity, cultural perspectives, national origin, sexual orientation, physical ability, as well as socioeconomic contexts, and educational backgrounds. We are dedicated to developing a diverse population by fostering an environment where intellectual and social growth, individual perspectives, and all human experiences are valued. We strive to be an inclusive community that celebrates and embraces differences as a means of responding to the cultural and social demands of a global society. Inherent in our inclusion efforts is a strong commitment to intercultural and global education to produce and include citizens who will serve as educational, social, economic and cultural ambassadors to the world. Robert Morris University is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, RMU complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
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    Posted: 3/17/2018
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