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Development Officer

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota
78,500 - 90,000 + benefits
Posted Date
Apr 24, 2023

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Position Overview

The College of Education and Human Development Office of External Relations is seeking a full-time Development Officer. This position is responsible for the independent management of a dynamic portfolio of donors. The development officer will identify, cultivate, solicit, close, and steward major gifts, both current and deferred to the College of Education and Human Development. This position reports to the Senior Development Officer and works closely with other development staff, the dean, college faculty, and the U of M Foundation staff. This position will work primarily with individuals to determine their philanthropic passions, and close gifts in support of collegiate and departmental fand center fundraising priorities. The development officer is a significant individual contributor as well as a stellar team member.

The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that 100% remote work requires approval. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.

Job Responsibilities

Major and Planned Gifts Development (90%)

Other duties as assigned (10%)

Required Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Minimum of three years (3) of professional development experience, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts; or five (5) or more years of experience in marketing, consultative sales, public relations, financial advising or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals/businesses.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate to a wide array of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated history of successful major gift solicitation including: 
    • identification and qualification of major gift prospects
    • portfolio management
    • design and implementation of cultivation and solicitation strategies
    • oversight of follow-up activities and stewardship in a collaborative environment
  • Proficient in the use of PC software, such as Microsoft Office, and database familiarity.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of CEHD and a major, land-grant, research, urban university.

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

The budgeted salary Range for this position is $78,650 - $90,000, with average starting salary at $82,000. Final determination on salary offers are dependent on the candidate's experience, skills, and internal equity within the department.

TO APPLY:  Priority deadline Friday, May 5th. 

Applications must be submitted online: .  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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