Development Officer - Remote
SUPERVISOR: Director of Strategic Partnerships
Under direct supervision of the Director of Strategic
Partnerships, the Development Officer will participate in
fundraising efforts to ensure that AIGC has the financial resources
it needs to fulfill its mission. The Development Officer will spend
a significant amount of time in direct interaction with individual
donors, tribal leaders, corporate executives, foundation program
officers, and other decision makers as directed by the Director of
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative
only of the tasks performed by this position and is not
Essential Duties and
- Develop and implement strategies to raise support for the
financial well-being of AIGC from individuals, tribes, foundations,
and corporate partners to assure sustainability of AIGC’s
- Manage a portfolio of 60+ major donors and prospects. The
portfolio will consist of individuals, corporations, foundations,
tribes, and Native organizations.
- Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and
prospects, through visits and other forms of direct personal
contact, in accordance with performance targets set by the Director
of Strategic Partnerships.
- Identifies, cultivates, secures and stewards major
gifts/investments in the form of endowments, estate gifts, annual
gifts, internships, and event/program sponsorships.
- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation
of the organization’s annual fundraising campaigns, including other
general giving and special fundraising activities.
- Supports initiatives, within annual giving, membership and
alumni relation’s areas, from initial planning and coordination
stages to implementation and follow through. Participates in the
success of these activities.
- Assists in planning and implementation of events, as assigned,
including invitation production, mailings, RSVP lists, event
coordination, and personal support of the event(s).
- Writes, proofs, and edits correspondence and materials, for
development. Drafts solicitation proposals, reports, letters, and
- Assists in maintaining contact and donor databases and
- Research major grant opportunities; develop relationships with
foundation program officers; write and submit grant proposals and
- Develop outreach strategies to attract and contact potential
institutional partners in need of qualified Native interns and
graduates to meet their hiring needs.
- Assists with special events, sponsor, and exhibitor relations.
Solicits and organizes silent auction donations and
- Provide executive-level support to other AIGC team members in
preparation for donor interactions, including briefing materials in
advance of meetings with donors and prospects.
- Develop and participate in strategic donor engagement
opportunities, such as small events for select individual
donors/prospects in the portfolio; trade show and conference
receptions; public speaking engagements; larger donor recognition
events; and service on prominent boards or committees.
- Track key relationship activity and progress. Create reports as
required by management that accurately reflect progress toward
strengthening relationships and increasing donor support.
- Maintains strict student confidentiality and compliance with
the Family Education Right to Privacy Act.
- Embodies AIGC Core Values and promotes the AIGC organization,
staff, and programs, in a positive and professional manner.
- Contributes to a team effort and accomplished related
- Perform other duties as required.
Master’s Degree in related field preferred, Bachelor’s Degree
required, plus five years experience in fundraising or other
experience (e.g., sales or private banking) that demonstrates
tenacity, creativity, follow-through, and strong
relationship-building skills; or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
Valid Driver’s License required. Must be able to successfully
pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background
Knowledge, Abilities, Skills and
- Knowledge of American Indian History, culture and tribes.
- Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and
- A commitment to the mission and goals of the American Indian
Graduate Center in providing scholarship funding and support
services to Native students.
- Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar,
punctuation and basic arithmetic.
- Ability to communicate effectively in the English language,
both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to follow oral and written
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships
with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and
with coworkers at all levels.
- Ability analyze progress and make necessary adjustments
throughout the cultivation process.
- Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent
- Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of
- Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything and continually
seek improvement in results.
- Comfortable and confident engaging at the highest levels, and
adept at influencing opinion and securing commitments.
- Superior skills in building relationships and comfort in asking
donors to commit their money, time, and/or energy to a shared
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation
skills. Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and
activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece.
Experience in grant writing and business proposals.
- Ability to discuss the role of education in promoting social
justice and economic opportunity.
- Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the
phone, via email/text and in person with donors, board members,
volunteers, colleagues, and the general public.
- Proficiency with office technology and information
- High ethical standards, strict adherence to donor
confidentiality, and genuine interest in developing authentic
- Persuasiveness and perseverance in attaining goals.
- Skills in operating business computers and office machines,
including various software applications, specifically Word, Excel,
Access, presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly
is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with
hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee frequently is
required to walk. The employee, occasionally, is required to
stand, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must,
occasionally, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
Work is generally performed in an office setting, with a
moderate noise level. Extended hours and irregular shifts may
be required. Tight time constraints and multiple demands are
common. Travel will be required for training, meetings,
conferences, presentations, and other events.
To learn more, please visit https://www.aigcs.org/about/aigc-job-openings/