Philanthropy Officer

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Classification:Development 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:UofA Enterprise Entities
School/Business unit:EE UA Foundation 4
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Development/Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:

The UA Foundation is hiring a Philanthropy Officer at the University of Alaska Southeast. This position is responsible for the overall management and execution of statewide fundraising programs of the University of Alaska’s Alaska College of Education (AKCOE)


10Program Leadership Provide leadership related to donor strategy to various university fundraising operations including, but not limited to, individual university development teams, UA Foundation leadership team (Planned Giving, Donor Relations, Leadership). Meet and consult regularly with the AKCOE Executive Dean, Directors of Development and Education program leaders at the three UA universities about goals, strategies, and programmatic activities. Provide counsel, assistance, and appropriate training to faculty and staff. Coordinate with UA’s annual giving program to provide leadership and guidance to annual giving appeals.Essential
10Special Projects Plan, manage, and implement special projects relating to the University’s development program. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of the UA FoundationEssential
80Major Gift Fundraising Manage a portfolio of 100-120 major gift prospects as assigned by the Executive Director of the UA Foundation and the Prospect Research and Management team. Conduct a minimum of 120 meaningful donor contacts annually, defined as face-to-face or phone visits. Visits may include discovery, cultivation, solicitation or stewardship visits. Prepare and present convincing appeals/requests/proposals to donors. Goal: 20-25 major gift ($25,000+) proposals annually. Solicit and secure gifts ranging from high-end annual gifts to gifts that are large in complexity and scope, as well as planned and blended gifts. Work to strengthen annual giving for Education programs by coordinating efforts with annual giving officers at the three UA universities. Document all activity in the Raiser’s Edge database in a timely manner, and utilize other technology as needed to carry out job functions efficiently and effectively. Meet the fundraising goals identified in an annual plan approved by the Executive Director of the UA Foundation and developed in coordination with the AKCOE Executive Dean. Write grants to foundations, corporations or other giving entities for philanthropic support. Work with executive level volunteers with the goal of cultivating them toward future gifts or working with them as natural partners to cultivate and solicit gifts. Represent the University to various community organizations and individuals to build relationships for future gifts.Essential

The Philanthropy Officer will raise funds and strengthen statewide relationships with Alaska College of Education donors in furtherance of AKCOE’s efforts to significantly increase the number of quality Alaskan-educated teachers, principals, and superintendents.

The UA President, with support from the Board of Regents, has established a goal that—by 2025—ninety percent of all newly-hired Alaskan teachers will be educated in the UA system. UAS has been designated as the lead institution statewide charged with coordinating efforts at all three UA universities. To achieve this goal, the AKCOE will facilitate and support expanded consultation, coordination, and innovation in Education programs offered across the UA system.

In July 2018, the UAS School of Education was renamed the Alaska College of Education. Its coordination work began in the fall of 2018 with the hiring of an Executive Dean and establishment of a statewide UA Teacher Education Council, which advises university leadership about teacher education programs statewide.

The AKCOE meets the needs of those preparing initially to become teachers—both at the undergraduate and graduate levels—and provides professional development for those already in the profession. It focuses on growing the number of new teachers from minority backgrounds, with special emphasis on Alaska Native teachers and educational leaders. The College is expected to grow and enhance these programs, collaborate with K-12 education providers and stakeholders, and be a center for innovation in teacher education and educational leadership that meets the distinctive and diverse needs of Alaska’s schools and communities.

The Philanthropy Officer will report to the Executive Director of the UA Foundation and the Executive Dean of the AKCOE and is expected to work collaboratively throughout the UA system to increase philanthropic giving in support of the mission of the AKCOE and the three UA university education programs. The position is expected to increase donor engagement and commitment and to invite donors to contribute strategically to the future of education in Alaska through UA. The Philanthropy Officer will also be responsible for documenting his or her development activity and coordinating efforts with all UA development offices. This will include development and implementation of shared goals, metrics, annual plans, and campaign strategies.

The Philanthropy Officer will work with university leadership and executive-level volunteers to build private support for a variety of industry-related high priority initiatives, which are aligned with and reinforce UA’s strategic vision and extend its exposure and brand. 

The Philanthropy Officer will make and communicate decisions in regard to the establishment and maintenance of AKCOE priorities in development, working in coordination with the Executive Dean and the Development Offices at all universities. Administrative duties include briefings and coordination of donor development meetings, development travel, and University leadership briefings. The Officer will attend university advancement, department, Foundation, college-based, advisory board and other meetings as necessary.

The Philanthropy Officer will develop familiarity with the array of Education programs offered at our three UA universities, and assist donors in making gifts targeted to achieve the greatest impact. The Officer will communicate across the system to involve all necessary internal and external constituents in philanthropic strategies and activities and to ensure strategies are designed and executed according to the timelines and plans set for each donor.


Demonstrated success in fundraising, and the ability to manage relationships and develop strategies for achieving goals.
Basic knowledge of marketing and public relations functions for advancing the programs of the University in the private sector.
Valid driver’s license.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Effective interpersonal skills required.
Good organizational abilities.
Commitment to public higher education.

Required Experience:

Bachelor’s degree
Five or more years of progressively responsible development experience.
Three to five years of experience in major gifts, including a solid understanding of ethics and best practices fundraising.

Typical Education or Training:

Demonstrated success in fundraising, and the ability to manage relationships and develop strategies for achieving goals.
Basic knowledge of marketing and public relations functions for advancing the programs of the University in the private sector.
Valid driver’s license.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Effective interpersonal skills required.
Good organizational abilities.
Commitment to public higher education.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references. To ensure consideration for the position, please apply prior to the applicantion deadline of _____________________________.


Background Check:

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

Probationary Period:

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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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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