Senior Philanthropy Officer
Senior Philanthropy Officer
Athens State University
The Senior Philanthropy Officer is responsible for fundraising activities and strategies designed to increase giving to the Athens State University Foundation by alumni and friends of the University. The Officer is primarily responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewardship of major gifts from alumni and friends of the University.
- Manage a portfolio of 100-150 active major gift prospects
capable of making gifts of $10,000 or more to the
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a broad variety of
donors including alumni, corporations, foundations, and all other
constituencies interested in supporting the Athens State University
- Direct and implement fundraising strategies in conjunction with
the Assistant Vice President of University Development.
- Contribute toward the development of materials including
brochures, case statements and other media that support the
Foundation's fundraising goals.
- Participate in fundraising initiatives for special events and
projects relating to University development as assigned.
- Prepare and complete reports in a timely fashion to document
activities related to fundraising goals and objectives.
- Actively recruit and engage alumni and friends of the
University to participate in University events and
- Travel both locally and nationally and be flexible in work
hours including some nights and weekends.
- Assist in preparing and providing material for University
publications including The Column, press releases and other
materials as needed.
- Actively participate in updating and enhancing the Advancement
database to ensure information is current and accurate.
- Follow the policies of the University and Foundation in regard
to the processing and acceptance of gifts.
- Actively work toward building cooperative and collaborative
relationships with University Colleges, Departments, faculty, staff
and community entities.
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing work scope
and tasks based on need.
- Identify opportunities for improvements to work practices and
offers viable solutions for implementation.
- Proactively engage in problem solving related to tasks in this
position with internal and external constituencies.
- Routinely practice self-monitoring by assessing self to make
improvements or take corrective action to improve
- Completes other tasks as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to diverse constituencies
• Strong organizational skills
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
• Willingness and ability to travel
• Working knowledge in fundraising strategies and techniques as endorsed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
• Master’s Degree
• Experience in higher education or other nonprofit fundraising, sales or business development
• Experience with the Salesforce CRM Platform
Salary Band: A130
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Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://jobs.athens.edu/postings/search
About Athens State University
Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by OnlineU.org for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.