University of Puget Sound seeks a driven and experienced
professional to be our next Development Officer
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 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 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
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
• 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
• A proven record of successful face-to-face gift
• Significant experience working productively with alumni and
• 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 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
• 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
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 www.pugetsound.edu/employment. Inquiries
about the position or application process can be directed to Andrea
Schumacher, Recruitment Coordinator at email@example.com
Visit the Puget Sound website at www.pugetsound.edu
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