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Advancement Gift Officer

IES Abroad
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

Status: Full-time, exempt

Schedule: 37.5 hrs/week, M-F, 8.30a.m. to 4.30p.m (CST). This role includes evening work and event travel as needed.

Reports to: Executive Director of Advancement

Direct reports: None

Start date: ASAP

Location: Chicago, IL or Remote

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 9,500 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 400+ study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our program, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide millions in scholarships year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

Summary of Position:

The Advancement Gift Officer will be responsible for expanding the mid-level and major gift donor base through identifying, cultivating, engaging and stewarding individuals with an affinity for the IES Abroad mission of international education and underrepresented student access.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Develop a strong portfolio of prospective donors who are engaged, and actively supporting Advancement initiatives and the IES Abroad mission.
  • Responsible for development and management of robust schedule of in-person and virtual qualification, cultivation and solicitation visits each month to grow prospect pipeline and develop engaged portfolio.
  • With the direction of the Executive Director, establish goals and develop strategies to grow acquisition, retention, and commitments toward building pipeline and portfolio of active donors and prospects.
  • Work independently and with colleagues to identify initiatives which match donor interests and further institutional priorities.
  • Develop funding proposals that align with donor interests and assets.
  • Provide personalized donor stewardship and cultivation utilizing IES Abroad branding, communications, events and resources.
  • Maintain fundraising database and tracking systems for prospect development.
  • Record all significant alumni interactions and biographical updates in the database. Proficient use of database and timely, robust contact reports are essential.
  • Regularly develop and host alumni in-person and virtual class reunions as a means of engagement and prospect identification.
  • Provide consistent, informative reports to Executive Director regarding progress, actions, and results of prospect portfolio development including complete and thorough visit reports with prospects and donors.
  • Regularly attend organization-sponsored events and support the alumni engagement program. Travel will be required.

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

  • Three to five years of successful fundraising experience, equivalent sales experience, or proven work in a related field. Experience with development of planned gift proposals a plus.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge, Microsoft Office, Excel, IWave a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Must have U.S. driver's license and ability and willingness to drive as required.
  • Ability to function independently, be self-motivated, and work well with a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize.
  • Excellent professional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Good judgment and a high level of intercultural competence.
  • Have an appreciation for education and study abroad.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle sensitive information and material in a discretionary manner.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including cover letterresume, and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the side of this page.

Please visit for more information about working at IES Abroad.


Equal Opportunity Employment:

Treating all people with respect is at the core of who we are.

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, citizenship, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

When you join IES Abroad, you're part of a diverse community of global leaders who know that our differences in skills and backgrounds are just as important as our shared passions and mission. Surrounded by a mix of talented professionals, you find yourself wanting to come to work, and, more importantly, wanting to stay and advance our mission together.


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