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Senior Development Officer, College of Business & the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alabama, United States
$80,000.00 - $95,250.00
Closing date
Aug 4, 2022

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a Senior Development Officer for the College of Business and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The Senior Development Officer implements strategies for identifying, cultivating, stewarding, and successfully soliciting individuals, corporations, and foundations for major and planned gifts of $25,000 and greater to support their assigned colleges. The Senior Development Officer represents the College of Business and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in campus activities, community events, and organizations that further the development of major and planned gift donors to the University.

This position requires sensitive interaction with a variety of internal and external constituencies. The scope of the job requires travel as well as attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, events, meetings, and visits to prospects/donors in their homes and offices throughout the Huntsville community and occasionally beyond.


Major Gifts Planning and Donor Relations

  • Serve as the primary Development contact for potential gifts and pledges of $25K and above and/or as otherwise needed and assigned.
  • Collaborate with the VP for University Advancement and assigned College Deans in Development matters.
  • Serve as main point of contact for the leadership of each assigned college in an effort to determine and understand each unit’s top fund-raising priorities. Collaborate with University leaders to determine top prospective donors and potential gift interests.
  • Manage and expand a portfolio of donors and prospective donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations for assigned colleges.
  • Develop and implement strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individuals, corporations, and foundations for gifts of $25K and greater.
  • Secure gifts of $25K or greater by successfully moving through the donor gift cycle with proven relationship management and moves management strategies.
  • Track prospective donors and donors through the stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, intent to solicit, solicit, and stewardship. Keep a record of the process in appropriate database/platforms.
  • Personally conduct one-on-one visits with prospects and donors to secure gifts that are transformational for assigned colleges and meet unit priorities.
  • Represent assigned colleges and the University at fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Travel, as necessary, to cultivate donor relations and donor prospects through out-of-town appointments, meetings, and conferences; work nights and weekends, as required; and manage personal travel arrangements and calendar.

Management and Coordination of Gifts

  • Develop creative and innovative giving initiatives collaboratively with the Deans and VP for University Advancement to generate excitement among alumni to increase alumni giving participation rates using best practices and initiatives that have been successful at peer and aspirant institutions.
  • Coordinate all aspects of donor check presentations with the Office of Alumni Relations/Special Events, submit photography and donor story requests to the Office of Marketing and Communications, and handle all other assigned stewardship tasks for all appropriate gifts in the assigned colleges, including all gifts secured by the Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Work in collaboration with the VPUA and the College Deans to ensure the success of the University’s planned giving programs.
  • Work collaboratively with and in support of other development/advancement staff, other college and UAH Foundation representatives, volunteers, and other University
  • Work collaboratively on written development materials, including solicitations, proposals, gift agreements, and collateral.
  • Coordinate documentation for all in-kind gifts to the University for assigned colleges.

Support of Annual Giving

  • Assist Annual Giving Officer by coordinating solicitation plans, providing insight on donor intel, sharing best practices, helping with mailings, and providing support as needed.
  • Assist in the direction and development of annual giving days, crowd-funding campaigns, senior gift campaigns, and the like.
  • Co-supervise the development of written materials, including draft language for website updates, brochures, giving proposals, and other marketing and collateral materials for relevant areas and programming needs.

Data Management and Administration

  • Gather and manage data, ensure appropriate documentation, prepare various reports, perform metrics tracking, and prepare regular progress reporting on fundraising targets through standardized reporting tools as assigned. Utilize database and spreadsheets to record activities and outcomes.
  • Meet performance metrics as established in collaboration with the Deans of assigned colleges and VP for University Advancement.
  • Perform Development-related administrative tasks including but not limited to taking and disseminating detailed minutes/notes from internal and assigned Development meetings; scheduling meetings with Deans, Directors and other colleagues in need of Development assistance; coordinating visits with prospects and donors; and serving as point person for assigned Development events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and outcomes.
  • Five to seven (5-7) years of professional experience in frontline fundraising with a demonstrated record of success in soliciting and closing major gifts.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and a demonstrated commitment to responsiveness and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office software with the ability to manipulate and manage large data sets. Proven strong organizational, project management, and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Occasional travel and evening and weekend work is a requirement of this position. A valid driver's license is required.
  • Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and one writing sample in order to be considered for this position.


  • Master’s degree.
  • Three (3) years of frontline fundraising, marketing, sales, and/or public relations experience.
  • Experience in fundraising with a demonstrated record of success in soliciting and securing philanthropic gifts.
  • Demonstrated record of success in major gift fundraising in a public university setting.
  • Experience using complex databases (e.g., CRM Advance, Raiser’s Edge, Millennium) and research tools (e.g., ResearchPoint, AlumniFinder, FoundationSearch).
  • Professional certification.

SALARY: $80,000 – $95,250, commensurate with experience

To apply, please visit the UAH Careers webpage.

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