Advancement Officer - School of Medicine

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
$48,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
Jul 6, 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

The University of Missouri School of Medicine is seeking an Advancement Officer to join our fundraising team to raise significant funds from a select group of individuals and alumni. This professional will work closely with the school’s Dean and the Advancement team to advance the mission of the school.

As the first publicly supported medical school west of the Mississippi River, the MU School of Medicine has improved health, education, and research since 1872. More Missouri physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university. The school boasts over 7,500 alumni/residents and 680 faculty physicians and scientists who educate more than 1,000 medical students, residents, fellows and others seeking advanced degrees. 

Reporting to the School’s Executive Director of Advancement, this position will:

  • Identify prospective individual donors through discovery calls.
  • Initiate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for major gifts ($50,000 and above) with clear and measurable goals.
  • Assist the Executive Director in the School of Medicine in identifying funding opportunities in alignment with MU’s fundraising priorities, the School’s strategic priorities, and donor interests.
  • Draft and prepare proposals and accompanying letters and materials for use in a progressing portfolio.
  • Actively engage in school and college donor and alumni functions, collaborate as a member of the larger Mizzou Advancement team, participate in prospect strategy sessions, and portfolio review.
  • Assist with other development projects as needed, to include school and campus-wide initiatives.
  • Perform required recordkeeping related to portfolio activities.

Ideal Competencies of a Successful Candidate:

  • Collaborator with the ability to work, formally and informally, within the team and across the organization.
  • Effective communicator with the ability to share ideas, thoughts, and facts orally and in writing and who can actively listen and respond appropriately.
  • Familiar with technology and database applications.
  • Critical thinker with the ability to analyze and evaluate information and make appropriate decisions.
  • Donor-focused with the ability to learn and understand organizational relationships and dynamics and use them to achieve objectives and goals.

Yearly Goals & Metrics

  • $500K- $1M Dollars Raised
  • 12-18 Major Gift Proposals Presented ($50K and above)
  • 7-15 Major Gifts Closed ($50K and above)
  • 125-200 Substantive Written Communications (Email, Letter, or Text)
  • 125-150 Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or In-Person)
  • 20-50 Evaluation Visits

At the University of Missouri Office of Advancement, we invest in our employees. Once you join our team, you will participate in the Discipline of Frontline Fundraising (DFF) program with Plus Delta Partners, a 9-month series of fundraising workshops and 1:1 skill building. Ensuring you have the tools to succeed is an Advancement priority. Your success as a gift officer will have a direct and lasting impact on Mizzou and the priorities of the campaign.


Salary Range: Compensation for this position starts at $48,000

Preferred Qualifications

Our team knows that fundraising is a special niche, which is why we are open to transferable skills! If you have experience that translates to fundraising, tell us about it in your cover letter. These skills include, but are not limited to, sales, finance, consulting, non-profit work, higher education experience, etc. We are excited to learn more about you and your experiences. 

  • A four-year degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • 2 years fundraising experience, alumni/volunteer relations or public relations; or equivalent transferable skills showing an understanding of the development model, i.e. pursuing and cultivating donors, customers, or business relationships.
  • Knowledge of higher education and health advancement fundraising.

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