Summary: The Development Officer is a member of the Regional
Development team and identifies, qualifies, and solicits
prospective donors for Wake Forest Fund support, Giving Society
membership, and Wake Forest University’s fundraising initiatives.
The Development Officer manages a prospect portfolio and works
closely with the Regional and Unit Development teams to strengthen
relationships across all populations to increase philanthropic
support for Wake Forest University. Development Officers will be
given special opportunities to engage with Leadership and gain an
understanding of the inner workings of University
The Development Officer (Digital) will not travel unless needed by
This Job Is For You If You Are Able
- Meet with alumni, parents, and friends via video call,
phone call, or in-person on campus to identify level of
philanthropic engagement, determine the level of other
institutional support/engagement, and prospect market
- Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects with fundraising
goals and benchmarks.
- Solicit donors for support of the Wake Forest Fund, Giving
Society membership, and other programs/projects as
- Work cross-functionally with all development teams; Development
Officers may be asked to focus their work on specific units
priorities/projects or regions.
- Conduct weekly visits/contacts, solicitations, and secure
commitments to effectively manage a large group of prospects.
- Document fundraising progress through call reports, cultivation
strategy updates, and other communication materials as
- Work closely with Director of Strategy to implement fundraising
and stewardship strategies.
- Communicate effectively between different departments within
University Advancement and university wide.
- Conduct outreach, schedule appointments, and communicate
results and appropriate assessments with the University Development
What Skills Do You Need?
- Represent the University in various institutional divisions as
well as the general public and local community.
- Maintain current knowledge of university wide institutional
- Assist with and participate in all University Advancement
functions and events as necessary.
- Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making
a difference in people’s lives every day.
- Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion.
- Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute
to a mission-driven organization
Desired Skills and Abilities:
- A Bachelor’s degree and two to four years of related experience
or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Knowledge and a clear understanding of Wake Forest University,
its component schools, and programs.
- Detail-orientation in coordinating activities.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills in
prioritizing workflow and managing resources.
- Ability to manage and maintain confidentiality of sensitive
- Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound judgment and
- Excellent proficiency in Windows, Google Calendar, Microsoft
Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), the internet,
and other relevant software. Proficiency in the operation of
standard office equipment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to research, collect, and analyze data, compile
information, and prepare reports.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively
with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Knowledge of the University policies and procedures, or ability
to acquire knowledge in a short period of time.
- Ability to be a team player and willingness to take
- Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as
- Ability to travel locally and nationally as necessary.
- Ability to meet requirements of the University's automobile
- Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement
and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a
willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all
aspects of the work.
- Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.
- Development/fundraising experience in a non-profit or higher
- A Wake Forest degree
- Experience in utilizing a fundraising database (ex: Blackbaud,
razor’s edge, Banner)
- Responsible for own work only.
- Budgetary responsibilities