Development Officer, Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship

Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 30, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

Job ID: 47934
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular

FSU Foundation


Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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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 $10,000 and up level.  This individual will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the annual and major gift level and will be responsible for identification of potential prospects for the university and for the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. The incumbent will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the FSU Foundation.

Strategic Fundraising Development

Works with the Associate Vice President for Constituent Programs, the Dean and other members of the college’s leadership team to execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the college, the university and the foundation. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship and effectively communicates mission. Develops, coordinates and executes an annual giving and 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 Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship and the FSU Foundation; Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $10,000 or more; Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.

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.  Assists in the coordination of an annual giving program in collaboration with the FSU Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving.  Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the Dean, faculty, staff and other internal stakeholders at the university and foundation. Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University.


Prepares proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation. Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in the FSU Foundation’s database in compliance with reporting guidelines. 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. Protects confidential information. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Volunteer Council/Board Management

Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated with the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. Effectively communicates organization’s mission and represents the organization’s culture to external stakeholders.


Bachelor's degree and four years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and experience equal to eight years. (Note: post-high school education may substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.

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 function independently while working well in a ‘team oriented” environment, taking the initiative to be productive and efficient.

Ability to maintain consistent and positive communication with the Foundation.

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.

A valid Florida or Georgia Driver's License, or the ability to obtain.


*Applicants must upload a resume with their online application.*


Advanced degree preferred.

Minimum of four 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.

Experience with Black Baud’s CRM Platform or other fundraising information management systems/databases preferred.

Ability to plan, implement, manage and monitor programs.

Ability to make numerical projections and analyze past and current monetary results.

Strategic thinker.

Professional demeanor with a teamwork approach and a can-do, assertive philosophy.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at 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.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

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