Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and
designers play a significant role in society. The College’s
primary mission is to provide programs leading to degrees that
prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical
practitioners. Visual arts and creative professionals must
understand diverse aspects of past and present cultures and develop
their capacity for creative expression and effective
Ringling College of Art and Design strives to enroll both
full and part-time students from diverse backgrounds who
intend to become professionals in the creative and visual arts.
Through its policies and practices, the College supports excellence
in teaching and fosters the aesthetic, intellectual, professional,
personal, and social development of its students. Academic programs
and advising, career services, and an extensive co-curricular
student life program prepare students for an art or design
profession, or when appropriate, for continued studies on the
In addition to its degree program, Ringling College offers
courses, lectures, exhibitions, and other art-related services to
the local, national, and international communities through its
museum, galleries, library, continuing education, and community
Through the efforts of its Board of Trustees, administrators,
faculty, support staff, alumni, and friends, Ringling endeavors to
provide the necessary resources, services, and environment to
fulfill its institutional mission.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Strategic
Philanthropy, the Development Officer is responsible for
identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors,
including individuals, corporations and foundations, of gifts at
all levels. Under the direction of the AVP for Strategic
Philanthropy, collaborates with staff, faculty, alumni, trustees,
and volunteers to develop and implement initiatives and strategies
for successful major gift solicitation. He/she represents
Ringling College of Art and Design in campus activities, community
events and organizations that further the development of major gift
and planned gift donors. This position requires sensitive
interaction with a variety of internal and external contacts
The scope of the job requires travel as well as attendance at
evening and/or weekend activities, events, meetings etc., and
visits to donors in their homes and offices throughout the
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Identify, research and qualify major prospective donors;
ensures each major donor and prospect has a clear strategy and
timeline for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Assist the AVP for Strategic Philanthropy in designing,
directing and implementing short and long-term fundraising
- Manage a portfolio of more than 100 organizational and
individual gift prospects, making at least 20 personal calls each
month as documented by contact reports.
- Make discovery calls on behalf of the Advancement team and
facilitate moving prospective donors through Moves Management
process with the team.
- Ensure that donors are appropriately recognized, communicated
with and stewarded, and that gifts are used in accordance with
- Collaborate with appropriate department team members to create
and implement effective donor cultivation and recognition events,
giving circles and publications.
- Meet with the AVP for Strategic Philanthropy weekly to maintain
complete understanding of the College’s fundraising needs and goals
including capital projects, endowment, academic and student-life
programs, memberships and annual funds.
- Participate in the Weekly Prospect Roundtable meetings where
prospect/donor progress is discussed amongst all field staff.
- Participate and take leadership roles in community activities
that provide contact with major donor prospects.
- Represent the Office for Advancement at functions and meetings
as assigned, working with prospects, donors, alumni and friends to
strengthen their ties to the college.
- Maintain professional competency in the field of
higher-education development and planned giving through reading,
professional contacts, attending courses and participating in
organizations such as the Association for Fundraising
- Participate as a fully productive member of the department
staff by effectively communicating, collaborating to achieve goals,
supporting and contributing to the efforts of others, adhering to
the College’s procedures and policies and maintaining
- Maintain knowledge of database system’s functionality and
ability to input data necessary to effectively manage major gift
donors and prospects cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
- As required, conduct and manage tours of College campus.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the fundamentals of fundraising including prospect
research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Ability to plan, implement, and manage multiple facets of a
comprehensive annual, and major gift programs.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt identification, cultivation,
solicitation, recognition and stewardship programs for appropriate
groups and key individuals.
- Entrepreneurial and motivational abilities required.
- Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal
- Exceptional collaborative and team building skills.
- Ability to work independently while meeting assigned
- Skilled in developing budgets, action plans and schedules.
- Excellent planning, organizational, problem solving and
- Computer literate with working knowledge of PC software and
some database management.
- Professional enthusiasm to stay current with relevant
professional information, trends and technology.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum Qualification Requirement: Bachelor’s degree and
3-5 years of successful professional fundraising experience, or a
demonstrated comparably successful track record in a related