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
Manage and build relationships with a portfolio of
1000 prospects and generate 300-400 touchpoints per
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
Integrate with annual giving campaigns to align philanthropic
messaging to portfolio with wider university Advancement
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.
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
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
Optimism, perseverance, a positive attitude, and a sense of
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
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
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
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
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