As a part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who
represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University
seeks a Development Officer to promote our Catholic Franciscan
mission and identity through the identification, cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship of major gifts and deferred
gifts/pledges from alumni, parents, friends, the business
community, and others.
Marian University launched its Forging Leaders Initiative in
2017 to raise $250 million by 2025. This bold vision has resulted
in more than $190+ million raised to date (May 2021) and with the
support of the Board of Trustees a new goal of $307 million by 2025
has been established. This initiative will provide support for
student scholarships, facilities, and other innovative efforts with
special emphasis to be placed on the recently established E.S.
Witchger School of Engineering. To achieve its vision of the
future, University leadership recognizes the need to strengthen its
Office of Institutional Advancement. With sound leadership in
place, there is an identified need to recruit a Development Officer
who is motivated, thoughtful, detail oriented, and has the personal
skills to engage donors and friends of the University. The
successful candidate will report to the V.P for Institutional
Advancement and play a key role in building relationships with
donors, alumni, and other constituents while securing investments
from their assigned portfolios.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Role & Candidate Profile:
The Development Officer will be a passionate and outgoing
fundraising professional with previous portfolio experience
preferred or commensurate business development experience, a
demonstrated history successfully developing and soliciting major
gifts ($25,000 and above), possess a deep appreciation and affinity
for the vision and work of Marian University and embrace the
opportunity to identify and cultivate new prospects for the E.S.
Witchger School of Engineering. He/she will be self-motivated and
goals oriented to proactively grow his/her portfolio by assessing
and leveraging Marian’s database and resources
- Promote the vision and mission of a great, Catholic, liberal
arts university through the identification, cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship of major gifts (defined at $25,000+)
through annual, multi-year, and deferred gifts/pledges from various
constituents to include alumni, parents, friends, the business
community, and other prospects.
- Serves as an ambassador connecting with donors and providing
them with opportunities to become/remain engaged in the life of
Marian University and see their philanthropic support making a
- Partners with the President, deans, faculty/staff, and other
members of the advancement team to cultivate and solicit major
gifts through a prospect management process.
- Maintains an ever-changing portfolio of approximately 150
prospects. A willingness and eagerness to identify new prospects to
support the E.S. Witchger School of Engineering will be
- Serves as a member of the volunteer committee charged with
fundraising support for the Forging Leaders Initiative; support
assigned volunteers in their efforts to cultivate and solicit gifts
on Marian’s behalf.
- Excels at both working independently and thriving as part of a
- Mentors development officers and other members of the external
fundraising team in articulating philanthropic goals and
institutional priorities, building the fundraising pipeline,
fundraising strategy, relationship management and volunteer
- Participates in or leads special projects, as assigned.
- Meets or exceeds monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals with
regard to the number of personal visits, solicits, and gift
securing. Regular progress reporting and tracking is required in a
- Possesses strong organizational skills, the ability to juggle
multiple projects and priorities, and the ability to develop
relationships with people of all backgrounds and experiences.
- Recruits, trains, and supports volunteers in their involvement
with committees, taskforces, and fundraising endeavors.
- Adheres to established budget and expenditure guidelines.
- Participates in advancement events by securing sponsors,
promoting attendance, and providing strategic direction in the
planning process. Advancement events include a gala in the fall,
athletic awards dinner in the spring, various
appreciation/recognition events, golf outing, etc.
- Attends various on and off-campus events as a representative of
- Executes all activity in a manner that is consistent with the
strategic plan of the University and the Office of Institutional
- A bachelor's degree from a four-year college or
- Demonstrated fundraising success with a minimum of three years
direct fundraising experience, preferably in a college or
- The ability to write, analyze, and interpret giving
information, financial reports, and legal documents and utilize
this information in planning processes.
- The ability to effectively present (written and verbal
correspondence) information and respond to questions from internal
and external constituents.
- The ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts,
and draw valid conclusions. Must be able to incorporate these
conclusions/findings into strategic and tactical plans.
- An understanding that occasional events and activities occur
outside of work hours— including some nights and weekends—and are
necessary to perform the duties of this job satisfactorily.
- Be willing to conform to shifting priorities, demands, and
timelines through analysis and problem-solving skills.
- Effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure
- Exhibit professionalism and high ethical standards for
maintaining confidential information.
- Must be able to have and maintain a valid Indiana driver's
license without restrictions.
- Raiser’s Edge database experience preferred.
- Must be well-organized, self-starter, a collaborative planner,
and work with members of the Institutional Advancement team
individually and in groups.
Salary is competitive and attractive for this position. Marian
University offers an excellent benefits package including health
and dental insurance and full Marian University undergraduate
tuition benefits for employees and their families.
The Development Officer will be located in Marian University’s
Office of Institutional Advancement and Development in
Apply Online Here: https://marian.peopleadmin.com/postings/411
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. Applications require a cover letter, a
current resume, contact information for three professional
references, and responses to the supplemental mission
Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All
individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.