Development Officer I

Job description

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Director of Development

Position Summary

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Advancement team is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and results-oriented individual, to join its dynamic fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development.  The Assistant Director will be instrumental in helping the college achieve increased fundraising success.

The Assistant Director of Development is expected to be an accomplished, responsive and collaborative member of the CANR Advancement team who executes an aggressive schedule of donor activity to ensure a continuous pipeline of private support for the college. 

Reporting to the Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and working closely with the other office staff, administration and the volunteers, the Assistant Director will develop and manage a portfolio of 150 special donor prospects, employing an aggressive, strategic moves management program, averaging 12–15 face-to-face strategic visits per month including a strategic focus on the identification and discovery of new prospects, and 2 to 4 solicitations per month.  The position will dedicate a significant amount of time traveling, with emphasis initially focused on prospects in Michigan.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public relations, volunteer administration, professional and higher education fund raising, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license. 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Collaborative team-oriented style.
  • Experience with “Moves Management” or related strategic relationship development. 
  • Ability to “close” gifts or business deals with demonstrative experiences closing gifts of $50,000 or more.
  • Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.
  • Travel involving automobile, airline and rail.
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Work Hours

Work hours are 8 am to 5 pm with some nights and weekends


Bidding eligibility ends on 4/10/18 at 11:55 PM.




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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 4/18/2018
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