Development Officer, Circle Program Manager, Sarasota, FL

Florida State University Foundation
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 8, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Administrative, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Job ID: 49343

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Regular/Temporary: Regular



FSU Foundation

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota, FL


Equal Employment Opportunity

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

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The Development Officer (DO) is an integral part of the development team for The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling). The DO reports to the Senior Director of Development and serves as a front-line fundraiser cultivating and soliciting gifts of $25,000 and above and manages the Circle Program. The DO is often the initial contact person for higher level donors and prospects to The Ringling, through the Circle Program. In addition to assisting the Development Team in achieving personal and departmental goals, the incumbent will manage the Circle and its strategic direction, while collaboratively leading stewardship initiatives including acknowledging, reporting and recognizing donors.

Circle Program Memberships

Manages The Ringling’s Circle program as a leadership annual giving initiative. Identifies and cultivates potential Circle Level donors. Secures annual gifts in the $2,500 - $10,000 range for Circle Level membership. Meets an established annual monetary and participation goal for Circle Level membership program to be determined in consult with the Senior Director of Development each fiscal year. Creates, schedules and coordinates all programming for Circle Level members working with the Executive Director, Curators and Senior Staff featuring an array of programs representing the breadth of experiences offered at The Ringling. Facilitates Circle materials, mailings, events, program talking points and press/publications. Manages group travel opportunities for Circle and Board members. Protects confidential information. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

Gift Officer

As a front-line fundraiser, manages a portfolio of Circle members and individuals: donors who give, or have the potential to give over and above their Circle level membership to support the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of The Ringling.

Develops and implements an overall stewardship plan for individual donors to The Ringling. This includes, but is not limited to: coordination of donor recognition activities, donor honor roll listings in The Ringling Annual Report, The Ringling Donor Wall, and creating donor profiles for publications such as The Ringling Magazine. Manages gift acknowledgements and gift reports for the Executive Director and Development Team. Supports the Development Team in the coordination of donor and member related events, including scheduling and other related activities (tours, lunches, receptions).

Board Concierge Services

Assists in the management of The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation Board members with respect to their event registrations and tickets as well as accommodating their guests. Works with members of the Board in welcoming and mentoring new Circle members as well as the process of recruitment and retention.   


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 can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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

Must be a self-starter, comfortable working independently while working well in a team-oriented environment, taking the initiative to be productive and efficient.

Communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

Must be a creative thinker and recognize the impact of meaningful stewardship.

Ability to maintain consistent and constructive 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 regionally (Sarasota/Manatee/Tampa Bay area).

Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and successfully manage competing deadlines. 

Ability to handle confidential, sensitive information with the highest degree of professionalism.

A valid State of Florida Driver's License or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application.*


A passion for the arts.

Advanced degree preferred.

General knowledge of the Sarasota philanthropic community.

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.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news! Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

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

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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.

*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application.* 

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

The hiring committee will review applications as received.


This position is being re-advertised. Previous applicants need not reapply.

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