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Digital Development Officer

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
$48,000.00 - $60,000.00
Closing date
Feb 25, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Missouri has an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team responsible for creating cutting-edge strategies that engage and cultivate philanthropists in support of our mission. The Digital Development Officer (DDO) is responsible for managing and soliciting mid-level and multi-year gifts from alumni, friends and organizations loyal to the university, as well as qualifying donors for major gifts.

Through a bold and innovative approach, they will use a combination of digital channels and tactics to build relationships with Mizzou supporters at scale and inspire support of the university. Using a variety of cutting-edge tools, this position will conduct personal outreach with their assigned portfolio to build a pipeline of future leadership giving donors.

The DDO will be a highly motivated professional deeply involved in building a donor pipeline to support Mizzou’s fundraising goals. Reporting to the Director of Leadership Annual Giving, this position will be expected to develop and cultivate relationships with a portfolio of approximately (1000) leadership annual giving prospects.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and build relationships with a portfolio of 1000 prospects and generate 300-400 touchpoints per month.

    • Establish a regular cadence of communication touchpoints using a variety of digital channels including social media platforms, email, text and video.

    • Create messaging which allows for widescale engagement of portfolio through multiple channels to inspire philanthropic giving.

  • Integrate with annual giving campaigns to align philanthropic messaging to portfolio with wider university Advancement initiatives.

  • Become an expert in the engagement and giving opportunities across the university to customize experiences and opportunities for individual prospects.

  • Make donor referrals to Advancement and campus-wide gift officers, as appropriate.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to help align donors’ philanthropic interests with various priorities across campus.

  • Attend a variety of events throughout the year. Regular travel and occasional night and weekend work are required.

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

General Qualifications:

  • Creative approach to strategically marketing to members of an assigned portfolio, at mass and at a one-to-one level.

  • Curiosity about the role and embracing innovative approaches to fundraising

  • Ability to inspire and share stories of impact verbally and through visual mediums

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships and actively contribute as a member of working teams to achieve results.

  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively.

  • Optimism, perseverance, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor

    Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Three or more years of successful experience in fundraising, annual giving, or closely related field

  • Understanding of the development process and donor cycle

  • Experience in higher education fundraising

Other Information

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is the oldest public university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens, as well as, Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and professional development in service to our overall mission of enhancing private support of the University of Missouri. As a result, the division continues to attract top talent from around the country. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. At its conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful philanthropic campaign in the University's history, at over $1.4 billion.

At Mizzou Advancement, we celebrate our diverse community of donors, alumni, staff, and friends. We are committed to taking bold steps to create an inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard, and valued. Our team is continually learning and growing on our journey to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that diversity of views, informed by a breadth of life experiences, help us to understand our humanity more deeply and improve our service to mankind. Our efforts to be inclusive must be intentional and thoughtful, so that we might realize the full benefit of the diversity we seek to build within Advancement.  Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are Mizzou Advancement.

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