Job ID: 53482
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Equal Employment Opportunity
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled
& Veteran Employer.
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The Senior Development Officer will strategically execute a
personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by
maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and
stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $100,000 and up
level. This individual will secure, on an annual basis,
private support at the major gift level and will be responsible for
identification of potential major gift prospects. The Senior
Development Officer will be expected to uphold and exemplify the
operating practices and mission of the Foundation.
Works with the Dean, the Senior Director of Development, and the
other members of the College’s development, communication and
alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising
initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the
Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan,
implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an
established monetary goal. Establishes new relationships resulting
in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which
may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides
prospect/donor-related assessments and feedback for the College of
Business, and the FSU Foundation. Identifies, qualifies and
sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a
giving capacity of $100,000 or more; Secures gifts and pledges from
alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU.
Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the
philanthropic priorities of the college unit(s), effectively
matching the specific interests of prospects to those needs. Plans
for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are
designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the
University. Effectively communicates organization’s mission and
represents the organization’s culture to external stakeholders.
Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications,
informational exchanges and project / philanthropic coordination
with the faculty and faculty chairs. Prepares proposals and gift
agreements as required for proper gift documentation. Prepares
correspondence with prospects and documents communications,
solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with
Foundation reporting guidelines. Creates, inspires and maintains
donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship
communication and activities designed to express recognition,
appreciation and the impact of their gift(s). Implementation of
such a stewardship plan may include but should not be limited to
letters, communication of unit or university initiatives,
invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student
engagement or the facilitation of campus visits.
Central Development Collaboration
Coordinates with FSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects
for planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and major
giving. Coordinates an annual giving plan for the College with the
FSU Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving. Protects confidential
information. Perform other related duties as required and
Assists in the management of all volunteer boards associated
with the College of Business.
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
Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work
assignments simultaneously and accurately in a detail-oriented
Must be a creative thinker and recognize the impact of
A self-starter, comfortable working independently while working
well in a team-oriented environment, taking the initiative to be
productive and efficient.
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.
Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours
including evenings and weekends.
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel,
Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
A valid State of Florida Driver's License or the ability to
*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their
online application. *
Advanced degree preferred.
Team work approach and a can-do, assertive philosophy.
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
Experience with Black Baud’s CRM Platform or other fundraising
information management systems/databases preferred.
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history background check. The background check will be conducted as
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If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as
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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
*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their
Open until filled
This position is being advertised as open until filled.
The hiring committee will review applications as received.
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