Development Officer- College of Agriculture
Company: Kansas State University Foundation
Posted on: September 12, 2019
Join our team!Level ExperiencedJob Location Kansas State University
Foundation - Manhattan, KSPosition Type Full TimeTravel Percentage
Road WarriorSummaryKansas State University Foundation is K-State's
strategic partner for philanthropy. We inspire and guide
philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance
K-State. Foundation staff members work in close partnership with
university administrators, deans and faculty to secure charitable
contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to
support identified priorities for the university and K-State 2025.
Gifts received through the foundation fund undergraduate and
graduate student scholarships, establish faculty chairs and
professorships, provide college and departmental support, and
enhance the campus infrastructure. After the money is raised, it
must be prudently managed. This function is managed by foundation
staff members who work under the guidance of an advisory committee
of trustees.KSU Foundation supports the K-State 2025 vision by:
- Leading the $1.4 billion-- Innovation and Inspiration Campaign
- Supporting economic development in our local economy through
our-- K-State Research Park and K-State Office Park
- Promoting a culture of philanthropy on campus through K-State
Proud and-- K-State Student Foundation Additional DetailsSummaryThe
Development Officer is responsible for the qualification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects.
She/he will work with donors to determine the appropriate gift
vehicles, including cash, securities, real property and other.The
Development Officer will participate in strategy development for
the college/unit and is responsible for solicitation strategies
specific to his/her portfolio and goals.Review research reports and
information from the Prospect Analytics and Research team on
assigned donors and prospects. Plan trips and contact donors to set
appointments for visits. Build relationships for the University
with donors, collaborate with central/collegiate units and
effectively present the case for philanthropic support of the
University and explain gift opportunities. Follow up with
correspondence, phone calls and additional visits as appropriate to
close gifts.This position is highly collaborative with other
colleagues, and works closely with University and Foundation
leadership. This position also requires extensive public contact
with high-level alumni, donors, and volunteers. Travel is
required.Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Make qualification calls/visits, cultivate, solicit and provide
recognition and steward appropriately major gifts for the College
and University, with an emphasis on gifts of $50,000+.
- Develop and implement strategy for each prospect, including
ways to increase involvement of donors and prospects in the
activities of the University. Utilize both current and planned gift
opportunities to best meet donors? needs, philanthropic interests
and financial capabilities.
- Meet with development and foundation colleagues, university
partners including alumni association and athletics as appropriate
to discuss major donor prospects, strategy and solicitation.
- Utilizing a variety of foundation resources, provide regular
progress reports on prospect cultivation and solicitation. Complete
and file reports of all contacts/proposals in a timely manner.
- Bachelor?s degree and 2-4 years professional transferable
- Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with
a diverse client base.
- Experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments,
managing relationships, creating and presenting proposals, and
other fundamental elements of client/donor relationship or
- Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills, with an
emphasis on engaged listening, and success working in a team
- Strong commitment to a major, land-grant, research
- A valid motor vehicle operator?s license with an acceptable
driving record required. Travel :
- Significant travel required. Physical Demands :
- Work is primarily sedentary. Must be able to sit for long
periods of time. May require occasional physical exertion such as
long periods of sitting or standing; recurring bending, crouching,
stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Desired
Skills & Experience :
- Previous fundraising experience with an emphasis on building a
portfolio of donors or clients and closing gifts or completing a
- Ability to prioritize and organize complex projects and plans
to deliver results.
- Results-oriented, quality-driven and team oriented.
- Ability to meet deadlines and follow through on projects.
- Solid understanding of development techniques and systems based
on past performance.
- Passion and enthusiasm for the university, the mission of the
foundation and the college unit.
- Driven and hard working.
- Ability to translate relationship building beyond individuals
to building relationships with corporations and private
Keywords: Kansas State University Foundation, Manhattan , Development Officer- College of Agriculture, Other , Manhattan, Kansas
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