The Development Officer is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects. The candidate will work with donors to link their passions to the college priorities and determine the appropriate gift vehicles, including cash, securities, real property and other.
The candidate will participate in strategy development for the USU Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter as well as the University Wide Fundraising team and is responsible for solicitation strategies specific to their proposals and goals. The Development Officer can mentor less experienced team members and sets an example by their leadership, collaboration, and interaction with colleagues, university partners and community members. Building and maintaining an effective working relationship with the dean/director is key to success and growth as a Development Officer.
The Development Officer reviews research reports and information from the Prospect Analytics and Research team on assigned donors and prospects. The candidate plans trips and contacts donors to set appointments for visits. The candidate builds relationships for the University with donors by presenting the case for philanthropic support and engagement opportunities. The candidate follows up with correspondence, phone calls and additional visits as appropriate to close gifts.
This position is highly collaborative with other colleagues and works closely with University and Foundation leadership. This position also requires extensive public contact with high-level alumni, donors and volunteers. Travel is required.