The Development Officer will strategically execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $100,000 and up level. This individual will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift level and will be responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects.
Works with the Dean, the Senior Director of Development, Senior Development Officer, and the other members of the College of Business development, communication and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation.
Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan of the assigned college, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established monetary goal.
Establishes new relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments and feedback for the College of Business, and the FSU Foundation; Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $100,000 or more; Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.
Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit(s), effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those needs. Effectively communicates organization's mission and represents the organization's culture to external stakeholders.
Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University. Negotiates gift agreements, prepares and presents proposals. Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines.
Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the faculty and faculty chairs.
Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation and the impact of their gift(s). Implementation of such a stewardship plan may include but should not be limited to letters, communication of unit or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement or the facilitation of campus visits.
Central Development Collaboration:
Coordinates with central development staff and other cross-functional team members to identify prospects and develop team solicitation plans for planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and principal gifts.
Board/Volunteer Management & Other:
Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with the College of Business.
Protects confidential information.
Perform other related duties as required and assigned.
Bachelor's degree and four years of experience or a high school diploma/equivalent and eight years of experience. Note: Higher education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.
A self-starter, comfortable working independently.
Ability to maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and Foundation.
Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
Ability to facilitate strong communications with colleagues, donors, prospective donors and alumni, including letters, surveys and telephone solicitation programs.
Must be a creative thinker and a recognition of the impact of meaningful stewardship.
Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously and accurately in a detail-oriented environment.
Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Valid Florida or Georgia driver's license or the ability to obtain upon hire.
Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application.
Minimum of three years of professional experience in major gift development in a university setting.
Experience in a related field with basic knowledge of personal solicitation methods may also be considered.
Team work approach and a can-do, assertive philosophy.
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This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.
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How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.
Open until filled
This position is being advertised as open until filled. The hiring committee will review applications as received.
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