Auburn University Office of Development seeks a Development Officer I/II to secure support and private funding for the Auburn University Honors College and the Auburn University Libraries.
The successful candidate will strategically design and execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and minor gift prospects.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to: maintaining relationships and accurate records on prospects, managing a variety of fundraising tools (e.g., phone-a-thons, letter writing, personal visits, receptions, postcards, websites, social media); securing gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Auburn; preparing proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation; preparing correspondence with prospects and all contact reporting in a professional and timely manner; maintaining donor interest and enthusiasm through stewardship activities; maintaining a volunteer structure in support of the Office's fund raising efforts; ensuring direct activities with prospects are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University; and coordinating with the Central Development Office in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects for planned giving and corporate and foundation relations.
The successful candidate will be a self-starter who works independently as well as in a collaborative team-based environment; will maintain consistent and positive communication; will facilitate strong communications with alumni including letters, surveys and telephone solicitation programs; will possess excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills; will effectively prioritize multiple responsibilities; will have a professional demeanor, pay careful attention to detail and protect confidential information.
In addition, the Development Officer must be willing and able to work some weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively.
Entry into the applicant pool requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and two (2) years of relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: development, fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, public relations, marketing/communications, sales, or related experience or equivalent.
Candidates must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection.
Past experience should be indicative of knowledge and application of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures in the areas of fundraising/marketing/sales/public relations.
Superior interpersonal, communication, organizational skills; ability to multi-task; and the ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives which include targets for fundraising goals are required.
Must be able and willing to work flexible hours including some weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively.
Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment system and attach the following: cover letter, resume and a list of professional references.
Only complete application materials will be considered for review.
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
A commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus environment is required.
Location/Region: Auburn University, AL (36849)