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Advancement Officer- Leadership Annual Giving

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 13, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Advancement Officer- Leadership Annual Giving

Job ID: 8856
Location: El Paso, TX
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: $RegTemp

FLSA Status


Posting End Date

Open until filled.


$40,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience.

Hours per Week

40.00 Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hiring Department

Institutional Advancement

Please Note

Institutional Advancement is committed to pay equity. Salary transparency is key towards closing wage gaps; so the first step in our hiring process includes a candid conversation about salary range and the negotiation process. We will also address our approach to hybrid work and other advantages to working in our division.

Required Application Materials

A cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references is required in order to apply.

Please combine all documents in a single PDF file.

Purpose of Position

What Is Institutional Advancement & who should apply?

Our team works cohesively to build strategic relationships, keep alumni connected to each other and to the University, and match philanthropic goals with institutional priorities to advance, support, and sustain the University's mission. Our division relies on the constant collaboration of our departments - Alumni & Donor Engagement, Development & Advancement Services, and Strategy, Talent & Culture.

As America's leading Hispanic-serving university, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is dedicated to access and excellence—for our students and, just as important, for our teammates. In Institutional Advancement (IA), we know that our success is built on the contribution of a team that is diverse in its people, thought, and experience. Our inclusive culture of care is more than a commitment at UTEP IA—it is the foundation of all that we do.

Who you are is comprised of various identities and life experiences that shape your unique candidacy.

Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people from systemically marginalized communities will only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

Read on to understand more about who we're looking for in this role, what you'll do, and the skills and experiences we're after. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in UTEP and Institutional Advancement as well as what you hope to bring to this role.

Who we want:

An ambitious and dynamic leader to serve as the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Institutional Advancement's (IA) Advancement Officer - Leadership Annual Giving.

As we build out our Donor Engagement team, we are looking for a highly motivated advancement officer to pioneer our inaugural leadership annual giving efforts.

With curiosity and creativity, you are pleasantly persistent in achieving your goals. You like to stay organized and obsess over the details. Driving towards metrics energizes you, and with resilience you can easily bounce back from hearing “no”.

With a positive attitude you take pride in approaching your work with intention and a growth mindset. You must be unrelenting in your pursuit of excellence, taking smart risks, and exploring big ideas; you innovate and iterate but never compromise integrity along the way.

Essential Functions

What you'll do:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Annual Giving, Sydney Bertram, with support from other IA units, you'll collaborate with development officers to identify priority areas of need and move donors through the leadership annual giving and major gifts pipeline. You'll also partner with the Donor Relations team to ensure proper stewardship of leadership annual giving donors.

In this entry-level fundraising role, you'll manage a portfolio of annual giving prospects and focus on increasing the base of leadership annual giving donors. You'll solicit $1,000-$24,999 gifts to procure support for University initiatives, crowdfunding campaigns, and matches and challenges for giving day and applicable campaigns.

Utilizing best practices in solicitation and project management, you'll manage leadership annual giving campaigns and associated direct mail and email solicitations. This will include copy writing, collaborating with IA Marketing and Communications to design solicitation and renewal pieces, and spearheading data requests.

With a focus on donor retention and continuously building our annual giving donor base, you'll be charged with tracking leadership annual giving trends, growth of giving bands, leadership annual giving donor retention and acquisition in partnership with the Senior Director of Annual Giving. You'll maintain awareness of important University developments, events, and achievements and assist the Donor Relations team with events and leadership annual giving donor stewardship as needed.

Required Qualifications

What you'll need to be successful:

Bachelor's degree (required)

One year of experience, related to the statement of duties and responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

It'd be nice if you have:

A working understanding of a research university environment with prominent faculty along with the grace and enthusiasm necessary to engage high net-worth individuals.

Experience using a fundraising database (we use Raiser's Edge/NXT and FPM).

Experience with collecting, organizing, and analyzing data related to donor giving.

Knowledge of best practices in digital solicitation and direct mail.

Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organization's agenda, particularly donors, colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders.

An unending commitment to positively contributing to our team culture; we all commit to making UTEP IA a great place to work.

Tenacious optimism and a goal-oriented, growth mindset; the ability to remain flexible and develop creative solutions in pursuit of always maintaining forward momentum.

Capacity to multitask and continually balance competing priorities within a dynamic environment.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a small team with limited resources, supporting the success of all colleagues and prioritizing UTEP's overall goals above personal achievement.

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee is frequently required to use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment ranges from moderate to very loud.

EO/AA Statement

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

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