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Development Officer - Athletics

ASU Enterprise Partners
Arizona, United States
$55,000.00 - $55,000.00
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Program Administration and Management
Community Development, Community Foundations, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Who We Want:


Development Officer - Sun Devil Athletics


ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking a Development Officer for Sun Devil Athletics.


The development officer will perform work of considerable difficulty in implementing and coordinating comprehensive fundraising programs established for identifying, cultivating and soliciting annual, major and planned gifts, in conjunction with the objectives and strategies of ASUF and Sun Devil Athletics.  The development officer will identify and establish rapport with prospective donors in solicitation of leadership annual level gifts. The primary focus of the development officer will be external, engaging closer relationships with alumni, donors and prospective donors. 



What you’ll do:


  • Support a comprehensive fundraising program established for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts/donations for the Sun Devil Club (SDC) in cooperation with the objectives and strategies of ASUF and Sun Devil Athletics.
  • Actively engage alumni and donors with a primary focus on securing annual gifts in the $1,000-$25,000 range while meeting assigned metrics
  • Interact and maintain liaison with students, parents, volunteers, alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and external constituents in facilitating development program objectives.
  • Lead the efforts of colleagues and student workers on specifically assigned projects and initiatives
  • Perform tasks related to specific development program components assigned, such as annual giving progress, monitor campaign progress, and unit annual giving.
  • Use the donor database, Salesforce, maintaining current and confidential information on development activities
  • Manage and build a portfolio of prospective leadership annual giving donors, with independent responsibility to develop and execute strategies leading to successful solicitation - prospect base will be primarily located in Arizona.
  • Work closely with the unit leadership to develop and implement strategies for soliciting leadership annual level gifts in coordination with entire Sun Devil Club team and athletics-focused priorities and campaigns.
  • Establish a resource network in the community to identify and cultivate donor prospects, including working with volunteers, faculty/staff, and development staff to identify ability, and interest areas of major gift prospects
  • Foster an environment for successful fundraising in SDC by providing on-going information for athletic leadership and administration regarding fundraising initiatives and by preparing coaches and administrators to participate effectively in cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Implement and maintain programs to encourage increased activity and more productive relationships with SDC and its donors.
  • Support fundraising events for SDC, to include but not limited to, dedications and special receptions, as assigned
  • Work on the recruitment, organization and training of volunteers to raise funds on behalf of SDC
  • Coordinate special projects as assigned
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned
  • Work with sports and coaches to implement sport specific fundraising programs with focus on leadership annual gifts, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned



What you’ll need:


  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, writing, and by phone
  • Able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible 
  • Team-oriented thinker and strategist able to effectively respond to complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies leading to successful gift closure
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans 
  • Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments 
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments



Relevant qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred and at least 1-3 years of successful fundraising experience or transferrable experiences workings with donors and prospects, preferably in higher education or athletics: OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.



Mental demands:


Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects or deadlines.



Working conditions:


Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. This position may require some early mornings and evenings to accommodate meetings and events. This position currently requires you to work from the office.


ASUEP follows federal guidance which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, except in limited circumstances in which an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.



Working equipment:


This position will require a laptop computer, telephone, and mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement) , corporate credit card and business cards.



Contact us today.


For more information on ASU Enterprise Partners, visit our web site at


ASU Enterprise Partners and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that is firmly committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and throughout our sphere of influence. Because we embrace a spirit of innovation and achievement, we will endeavor to maximize the talent and potential of all employees, directors, and volunteers through bold and strategic action aimed at building success and a sense of belonging. All employees are expected to act in good faith to support these actions and to not impede the efforts of others to build a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.




ASU Enterprise Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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