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Sr. Development Officer, College of Medicine

Florida State University Foundation
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Apr 10, 2023

Job ID: 51509

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Regular/Temporary: Regular



FSU Foundation 


Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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The Senior Development Officer will execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for major 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 incumbent will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Foundation.

Works with the Dean, the Director of Development, and the other members of the College of Medicine’s development, communication executive, and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University and the Foundation. Develops, coordinates and executes an annual major gift plan of the College of Medicine, implementing fundraising activities designed to meet an established annual monetary goal of $1,000,000 or more. 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 Medicine and the FSU Foundation. Identifies, qualifies and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $100,000 or more, at a ratio of three times the established dollar goal. 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, 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, the College and the University.

Central Development Collaboration

Coordinates with the Director of Development, central development staff and other cross-functional team members to identify prospects and develop team solicitation plans for planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and major gifts.  Negotiates gift agreements, prepares and presents proposals.


Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines. Develops a volunteer structure, including alumni and community boards, in support of the unit’s fund-raising efforts. 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. Effectively communicates organization’s mission and represents the organization’s culture to external stakeholders. Protects confidential information. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.


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 equivalent rate.)

Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.

A self-starter, comfortable working independently while working well in a team-oriented environment, taking the initiative to be productive and efficient.

Must be a creative thinker and recognize the impact of meaningful stewardship.

Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously and accurately in a detail-oriented environment.

Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

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.

A valid State of Florida Driver's License or the ability to obtain.

*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 considered.

Experience with Black Baud’s CRM Platform or other fundraising information management systems/databases preferred.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news! Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a 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 resume.

*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application. *

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

The hiring committee will review applications as received.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

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