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Development Officer

DePauw University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 31, 2024

Job Details

DePauw University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please go to University Profile for more information about DePauw.


The Development Officer supports the strategic fundraising efforts of the university by designing, implementing, evaluating and refining activities, with an emphasis on major gifts exceeding $50,000. The Development Officer targets mid-major level donors for gifts, develops Washington C. DePauw lifetime level donors, and identifies donors ready for major gift development. Fosters collaborative relationships with development colleagues and university constituents by coordinating joint solicitation efforts, and supporting internal processes and procedures.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and/or foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set in development.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with development colleagues and other constituents to maximize the unit's total gift revenue, plan solicitation strategies, and leverage joint solicitation efforts.
  • Assists in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fund-raising goals and objectives.
  • Makes effective use of the university's prospect management database and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects, alumni, and volunteers in coordination with university objectives.
  • Conducts research to identify prospects, with an emphasis on major gifts exceeding $50,000, and creates strategies to match prospects' interests to the priorities of the unit and the University.
  • Plans and conducts programs and activities designed to increase the visibility of the university to internal and external constituencies.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Competency Statement(s)
  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Active Listening -- Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability -- Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Autonomy - The ability of the individual to complete assigned tasks with little oversight.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Customer Oriented - A desire to serve both external and internal clients by focusing effort on meeting the clients' needs, understanding their concerns, and seeking to build trust.
  • Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and/or job type.
  • Initiative - Ability of the individual to act and take steps to solve or settle an issue.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to develop and maintain relationships with others.
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.
  • Presentation Skills - Ability to effectively present information publicly.
  • Relationship Building - Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with customers and co-workers.
  • Reliability - Ability to be dependable and trustworthy.
  • Self-motivated - Ability of the individual to reach a goal or perform a task with little supervision or direction.
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.

Education: Bachelor's Degree (four-year college or university) required.

Experience: Preferred candidates will have a minimum of three years of progressive development or related experience, with experience in managing a portfolio.

Communication/Language: Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.

Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Computer Skills : Knowledge of database management systems, CRM, and Microsoft Office products, including Excel. Ability and desire to frequently learn new products related to the role is required.

Certificates & Licenses: CFRE desirable

Other Requirements
  • A strong understanding of the mission of liberal arts institutions.
  • Travel from campus, as needed, to conduct solicitations, or to recruit volunteer leaders for assigned programs.
  • Normal work responsibilities include time outside of normal office hours, some evenings and weekends.


DePauw University is a private liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana.

DePauw University

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