Senior Development Officer for the College of Health

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Classification:Development 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA VC University Advancement
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Development/Alumni Affairs, Health Profession

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking applications for a Senior Development Officer for the College of Health. This position will work closely with the dean to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives for the College of Health. UAA’s College of Health is home to over 40 programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate levels. Our programs in high demand areas prepare students to fulfill workforce needs throughout Alaska in health care and social services.


10Other Responsibilities: - Serve as a liaison with the UA Foundation and UAA's Development team. - Provide strategic support and direction to the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement and Chancellor in matters related to major gift performance. - Make and communicate decisions in regard to the establishment and maintenance of University-wide priorities in development. - Administrative duties include briefings and coordination of solicitation meetings, development travel, and University leadership briefings. - Authorize expenditures and plan college budget for representational expenses related to development. - Act as liaison between unit(s) and University Advancement. - Attend University Advancement department, Foundation, College of Health Leadership Team, and other meetings as necessary. - Other duties as assigned.Essential
10Planning and Leadership: _ Provide strategic direction for UAA's development team, comprised of six major gifts officers . - Design one or more units' annual fund development plan in alignment with the overall department and University of Advancement goals, and in concert with UAA's strategic plan. Plan(s) to include a variety of vehicles, including major gifts, grants, contracts, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship and alumni cultivation. - Conceptualize and provide mentorship and guidance to the team regarding individual fundraising strategies to include prospect identification, discovery or qualification visits; cultivation plans; and solicitation of specific amounts. - Implement, regularly assess and adjust the strategies to successfully meet specific program needs and realize strategic opportunities and annual goals. - Act as an expert resource for the deans and directors to identify, research, and analyze how alumni, friends of the university, volunteers, and related industry partners' resources and interests apply to their programs, missions and priorities. - Serve as an expert resource to division directors, department chairs and administrative staff on all aspects of development, from prospect calls to the acknowledgement process. - Arrange related cultivation and solicitation meetings and activities for Chancellor and other University staff.Essential
15Stewardship: - Coordinate with Annual Giving and Donor Relations Manager on prospect strategies, gift completion and gift acknowledgement. - In cooperation with the Donor Relations Manager, create, review and execute stewardship strategies for current donors that will lead to increased and continued support. - Coordinate with University Advancement to plan donor receptions, issue press releases and coordinate other forms of donor recognition.Essential
65Cultivation/Solicitation: - Conduct frequent face-to-face visits with donors and prospective donors over the course of a year to lead to new, renewed or increased gifts, grants, and contracts. Visits may include discovery, cultivation, solicitation or stewardship visits. - Prepare and present convincing appeals/requests/proposals to donors. - Solicit and secure gifts, grants, and contracts ranging from high-end annual gifts to gifts that are large in complexity and scope. - Meet the fundraising goals identified in an annual plan and agreed to by the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development, and the unit dean or director. - Cultivate and solicit planned gifts, grants, and contracts. - Represent the University to various community organizations and individuals to build relationships for future gifts, grants, and contracts. - Serve as an expert resource on all development activities while working with executive-level stakeholders, corporations and boards. - Work to strengthen annual giving, particularly among alumni. Align unit development activities with the programs and services of UAA's Development Office. - Write grants to foundations or corporations for philanthropic support. - Work with executive level volunteers with the goal of cultivating them toward future gifts, grants, and contracts or working them as natural partners to cultivate and solicit other gifts, grants and contracts. - Record visits through contact reports (CRs) and enter CRs and proposals for Raiser's Edge reporting in a timely basis.Essential

About the University of Alaska Anchorage:
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a vibrant and growing institute of higher education, located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city. More than 15,000 students enroll in classes taught by close to 600 full-time faculty. The campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, lush trees, and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system for biking, walking, running and skiing. Surrounded by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, the community of greater Anchorage is alive year-round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, sporting events and more. For more information visit and

About the College of Health:
The College of Health is in the forefront of educating students to become doctors, nurses, and other health care and public health professionals and researchers.

The college is comprised of 15 academic and research units focused on the state's top health priorities:

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Childhood trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Health care systems policy and delivery
  • Environmental health
  • Biomedical science

We strive to collaborate on innovative approaches with all of our partners and stakeholders, to develop interdisciplinary resources, and to
engage communities in a culture that promotes health and academic and research excellence.

Position Summary:
UAA is seeking an experienced fundraising professional for a Senior Development Officer position for the College of Health in the Office of University Advancement. The Senior Development Officer will work with university leadership and executive-level volunteers to build private support for a variety of high priority initiatives which reinforce the university's strategic vision and extend UAA's brand. This individual will be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift, grants and contracts, and high end annual donors and prospective donors. Increasing emphasis is being placed on qualifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, particularly alumni. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in closing major and planned gifts, grants, and contracts.

This Senior Development Officer will work closely with the dean to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives for the College of Health. UAA’s College of Health is home to over 40 programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate levels. Our programs in high demand areas prepare students to fulfill workforce needs throughout Alaska in health care and social services.


  • Proven effective and progressively responsible fundraising experience.
  • Knowledge of fund raising in higher education.
  • Knowledge of best practices in fundraising: cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Leadership skills/experience.
  • Analyzes and resolves significant problems.
  • Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues.
  • Applies broad understanding of program, organization, system and/or client needs to resolve highly complex problems.
  • Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement.
  • Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area.
  • Specialist or expert resource.
  • Serves as a strategic advisor.
  • Is a team or project leader.
  • Develops long-range strategic plans.
  • Interprets and applies complex rules and regulations.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.

Knowledge of and/or experience in Alaska's fundraising environment.

Required Experience:
Four years of development experience, preferably in higher education.

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field and four years of experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Master’s degree in relevant field.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification.

Salary will be based upon level of education, training and experience.

Assignment Information:
Exempt (salary), Grade 81, Full-Time, 12 months per year, and full employee benefits package (

Application Procedure:
To be considered for the position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter highlighting qualifications that meet the specific requirements of this position.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Review Date:
Review of the applications will begin on January 6, 2020.

Background Check:

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

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

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 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 UA.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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