The Development Officer for Constituent/Donor Care & Prison Initiative serves the University in its fundraising endeavors through researching, identifying, establishing and cultivating relationships with prospective and current donors to communicate the mission and vision of CIU toward the goal of achieving higher education fundraising goals. The Development Officer has primary responsibility to build and/or establish meaningful relationships with a targeted group of 1,200 donors for the purpose of increasing revenue for the University at large.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with the Director to identify specific financial goals for the Prison Initiative
- Research, identify and quantify specific strategies for reaching the established financial goal
- Establish a personal schedule for travel when visiting and making telephone calls to donors to effectively communicate the mission, vision and funding needs of CIU
- Identify the interests and needs of the donors with corresponding funding opportunities at CIU
- Raise funds for the work of CIU by utilizing the resources provided through the Development office of CIU. Effectively utilize the donor cultivation cycle (identify, research, communicate, involve, ask, thank, report)
- Make specific requests for funding to constituents
- Ensure timely completion of all contacts with donors including ministry updates, thank yous, special and lapsed donor calls
- Identify and follow up on opportunities to present the CIU story and needs to potential major donors and successfully increase the number of those responding each year
- Enter constituent contact information and updates into Raiser’s Edge in a timely manner
- Insure the timely and accurate delivery of financial reports to internal and external stakeholders
- Plan and execute at least one annual fundraising event
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- 3-5 years successful experience in working with the public
- High level of personal motivation, enjoy interacting with others, persuasive, exceptional communication skills (listening, written and verbal), and ability to overcome objections.
- Significant planning abilities, decision making skills, be flexible, exhibit exceptional relationship skills, and must be results oriented.
- Demonstrate a high level of energy, be positive and friendly and show a genuine interest in people.
- Proficient in the use of computers including software programs such as Microsoft Office.