Development Officer

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Puget Sound seeks a driven and experienced professional to be our next Development Officer

The Organization
Established in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a nationally ranked residential liberal arts college and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Puget Sound has been designated as one of only 40 Colleges that Change.

Puget Sound offers an excellent benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, educational benefits, paid vacation and sick, paid holidays and bonus days, and many other campus amenities.

The Location
The university sits on 97 acres in Tacoma's North End neighborhood and is within minutes of Tacoma's urban center and Commencement Bay. With just over 200,000 residents, Tacoma is the third largest city in the state and is positioned 32 miles south of Seattle and 31 miles north of Olympia, the state capital. The Cascade Mountain Range is to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. Tacoma and the surrounding region offer a rich variety of art and cultural offerings and outdoor activities. The city and region support a variety of living options ranging from Craftsman and Victorian homes in historic neighborhoods to downtown lofts and condominiums to homes in suburban and rural settings.

The Position

The development officer engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards alumni, parents, and friends who have the capacity to make a gift of $50,000 or more to the University of Puget Sound. Working directly with colleagues in the offices of alumni relations, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, and research, the development officer serves as a member of the capital giving team and reports to the assistant vice president for university relations.

As a development officer you will:
• Solicit alumni, parents, and friends for outright and irrevocable deferred endowment and facilities commitments of $50,000 or more for identified Puget Sound fundraising objectives.
• Promote, discuss, illustrate and solicit planned giving opportunities with prospective donors, as appropriate.
• Solicit gifts, as appropriate, for the Puget Sound Fund in coordination with colleagues in the Office of Annual Giving.
• Meet regularly with prospective donors on and off campus to build enduring and trusting relationships between the prospects and the university.
• Develop written engagement and solicitation strategies for all assigned prospects with capacity ratings of $100,000 or more.
• Move prospective donors through the traditional cultivation and solicitation cycle with appropriate deliberate speed.
• Document the results of all substantive contacts with constituents via contact reports.
• Represent the University of Puget Sound in a consistently professional and ethical manner.

The successful candidate will have:

• Experience in fund raising, preferably at a liberal arts institution.
• A proven record of successful face-to-face gift solicitation.
• Significant experience working productively with alumni and parent volunteers.
• The ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends of the university.
• The ability to work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations.
• Highly developed computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as constituent relations software.
• The willingness and ability to travel frequently.
• Excellent organizational and planning skills as well as superior attentiveness to detail.
• A bachelor's degree.
• Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Compensation and Benefits: This position has a range between $70,000 annually - $83,000 annually. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested applicants can review the full job description and submit their resume with an accompanying cover letter via Puget Sound's employment website at Inquiries about the position or application process can be directed to Andrea Schumacher, Recruitment Coordinator at

Visit the Puget Sound website at

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran and military status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, socioeconomic class, language spoken, documentation status, political beliefs or any other characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.


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