Development Officer

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Classification:Development 3
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Advancement & Outreach
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Development/Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:

In coordination with the UAF Development and Alumni Relations team, this position will be responsible for participating as an annual giving and scholarship development officer with specific attention on gift renewals and gifts in the $1-$25K range, and will provide support to the Major Gift team efforts. This person will serve as the primary point of contact and relationship manager for discovery, cultivation, and solicitation of annual level gifts and will play a key role in support of UAF Alumni Relations through the encouragement of alumni giving. In addition, this position will serve as the Liaison to the UA Foundation for Annual Giving efforts.


10Other Responsibilities/Duties: Maintain knowledge of national best practices for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of scholarships and annual giving donors. Attend staff meetings, professional development workshops, and conferences when possible and upon approval of supervisor; review professional publications; serve on SW and UAF-based cross-functional teams and committees as appropriate. Provide general assistance to support successful team operations to included strategic donor meetings and fundraising events. Perform other duties as assigned.Essential
40Annual Giving Liaison • Annual Giving: Serve as the Annual Giving liaison between UAF and the UA Foundation. This position will coordinate with the UA Foundation and will facilitate activity with UAF Development and Alumni Relations and UAF colleagues in order to implement strategies that effectively retain, solicit, and upgrade individual annual donors through face-to-face, phone, mail and digital engagement. This position will assist with the creation of Annual Giving correspondence/publications and will support Annual Giving-related campaigns (such as Pick.Click.Give). In coordination with the UA Foundation, project management tasks may include project management, content creation, conducting interviews with featured students/faculty/donors/or beneficiaries, and writing, editing and oversite of the design. This individual must demonstrate excellence in internal and external relationship building and communication. Duties also include participation in the development of an annual giving timeline and help ensure that projects are completed according to set deadlines in context of the broader statewide Annual Giving program. This position requires an understanding of UA Foundation best practices and further promotes a culture of accurate record keeping and data collection in Raiser’s Edge. Duties include the review of data for accuracy and consistency prior to all Annual Giving correspondence. Regular updates will be provided to the UA Foundation to ensure the ongoing accuracy of donor records. This requires the highest standard of confidentiality when working with donor information.Essential
50Annual Giving & Scholarship Development Officer •Donor cultivation, solicitation and fund stewardship: In coordination with the Operations, Donor Relations and Major Gift departments, develop and execute strategies that effectively retain, solicit, and upgrade scholarship and programmatic donors (at the $25,000 and below) through face-to-face, phone, mail and digital engagement. Solicit scholarship and program renewal gifts to ensure annual awards. Communicate and foster long-term relationships with donors and departments to grow trust and transparency of development operations with priority of honoring donor intent. Coordinate with Development team to write and edit donor recognition pieces and memorial profiles for UAF and UA Foundation donor publications, electronic communications, and student financial aid application database. This person will serve as the primary point of contact and relationship manager for discovery, cultivation, and solicitation of annual level gifts and will play a key role in support of UAF Alumni Relations through the encouragement of alumni giving. Development work, outside of standard Annual Giving solicitations, will include the ability to increase donor participation and movement through the continuum. This individual must have the ability to conduct face-to-face visits with donors primarily, but not limited to, instate in order to solicit new, renewed or increased gifts. This requires the ability to apply donor-centric fundraising strategies and philosophy and educate internal and external audiences about the University''s fund-raising goals and ways in which one can give. This position will play a key role in support of UAF colleagues fundraising needs. • Proposal and Stewardship Report Writing: Depending on current priorities, this position will help support Major Gift efforts ($25K+) through donor research, proposal & stewardship writing/preparation, in collaboration with Major Gift Officers. This includes an understanding of the major gift proposal tracking and projections system maintained by UAF Donor Relations. This position requires a broad understanding of University of Alaska Fairbanks programs and fundraising priorities. It also requires the knowledge of basic fundraising guidelines and Board of Regent fundraising policies.Essential


Work is performed under administrative supervision, but the position requires independence in application of professional practices, and establishment/cultivation of relationships with donors, and the solicitation of annual-level gifts to include scholarship and programmatic support. Knowledge of fundraising programs required, including the provision of support to the Major Gift team. Demonstrates knowledge of philanthropic support and industry trends, best practices, and technology primarily in relation to annual-giving and scholarship fundraising efforts. Ability to effectively fundraise, including the ability to analyze, conceptualize, plan and implement plans and goals to move donors through the continuum. Strong public relations and networking skills; exceptional verbal and written communication skills that are applied to internal and external audiences; ability to develop materials to meet Annual Giving and development related needs; strong problem solving and analytic skills; ability to effectively
promote and market the university to Annual Giving level donors; excellent follow-through skills; ability to travel to meet with annual giving level donors; Microsoft Office and desktop publishing skills; knowledge and understanding of how to utilize the departmental database: Raiser's Edge. Agility to adapt to changing situations.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position. Knowledge/skills in the following areas are preferred: business, marketing, public relations, excellent interpersonal skills, a track record of teamwork, creativity, excellent communication skills and organizational skills. A preferred knowledge of annual giving concepts.

Other special skills/knowledge needed for this position. Ability to learn, understand, and act upon development and fundraising best practices. Working knowledge of using the relational databases. Knowledge and understanding of UA Foundation accounting and annual giving processes. Ability to travel within the State of Alaska, and on rare occasion, the Lower-48 to maintain donor relationships and attend events. Follow through is extremely important in this position, as well as problem solving and collegial participation with the UAF philanthropic team.

Required Experience: 

Sufficient exposure to higher education to understand the urban university's mission, environment and operating requirements. Must possess Alaska Driver's License. Willingness to attend educational training two times a year for nationally recognized institutions or organizations that further philanthropic endeavors. Experience with and/or willingness to learn about the database Raiser's Edge. Experience within office workplace setting.

Typical Education or Training:

A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or a relevant field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special instructions to applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) references.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

This is a Grade 79; minimum starting pay $25.82.

Application Review Date:

This position is open until filled, applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on May 6, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at 

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