Development Officer I

Posted on 07/05/2024

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

The Development Officer I reports to the Territory Executive Director or the Territory Senior Managing Director (in Territories where there is a Senior Managing Director) and is responsible for fundraising as a generalist on behalf of the university in support of key priorities. The role will be assigned to a Territory based on prospect population coverage needs with travel expectations of 50% of the time.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Focus on acquisition, retention, and reacquisition of prospects ($1,000 – $24,999) in the assigned region with a primary focus on unrestricted giving. Qualify and cultivate donors with the goal of increasing the donor’s support to leadership and major gift levels.
  • Work closely with all levels of development officers in the division to ensure short and long-term fundraising success.
  • Create and foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork that celebrates outcomes, builds individual and team capacity, and ensures that WashU UA is a preferred workplace. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience soliciting gifts of $1,000 or more.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically as well as plan and implement effectively.
  • Demonstrated interest in meeting people; strong desire to initiate contact with and develop relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Demonstrated success as a team member who can also work independently.
  • Capacity to complete a large amount of work in a short time frame, given the pace of annual giving work.
  • Ability to work effectively within a complex organization across multiple units dealing with diverse constituents (school deans, administrators, alumni, students, university-wide advancement staff and key volunteers) toward development objectives and building effective working relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills executed in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects effectively; a highly organized work style is essential.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer and database technology; experience with Excel and/or Salesforce preferred.
  • Attention to detail, highly motivated, organized, positive, and energetic.
  • Flexibility to adapt during a time of organizational change.
  • Interest in giving and receiving feedback for professional growth.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of related experience.

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