Development Strategist

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Classification:Administrative Professional 2
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Development
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance, Development/Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:

We are looking for a strong UAF supporter to join our dynamic advancement division! As part of the UAF Development team, the development strategist will help grow the university's benefactor base by leading complex proposals and report development to support gift conversations led by development officers. The successful candidate will be a liaison to our gift officers, allowing them to connect donors to the university in meaningful ways to inspire gifts of significance. This person will also work with the UA Foundation to support the overall development strategies and goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate a respectfully curious nature, professionalism through written and verbal communications, resourcefulness, critical thinking, attention to detail, creative problem solving and a thorough understanding of the UAF and UA programs, systems, and hierarchy.


1010% Other: Responsible for participating in and supporting events that are associated with major gift fundraising activities and initiatives. In addition, this position plays a key role on the development and alumni relations team through participation in and/or review of printed materials, professional publications, or web-based content. The successful candidate will participate in relevant internal meetings, attend professional development workshops and conferences in order to remain educated in advancement, fundraising, and PR/marketing strategies that will advance UAF's mission and fundraising success. This position may serve on cross-functional teams and committees as appropriate.Essential
2020% Data Analytics: Communicate regularly with the UA Foundation data team to obtain and analyze data, and develop and interpret reports to support the activities of UAF development, including proposal development, lead generation, development officer activity reports, and gift reports.Essential
7070% Proposal and Report Development: The development strategist is critical for creating, designing and writing gift proposals and impact reports. This includes researching content as well as requesting and analyzing data to include in proposals and reports. The development strategist will use design software or work with University Relations to create major gift proposals and impact reports, including the development of info-graphics and design elements. The successful candidate will also work collaboratively with the major gift division in proposal creation, submission, and tracking. This position will assist with coordinating proposal and report development with interdepartmental staff and faculty for content. This work may include leading meetings, fact and content gathering from faculty and staff for solicitation proposals, circulating drafts for review, and submitting proposals on behalf of the team via online giving portals. This work also extends to the same scope for impact reports. The development strategist will work closely with Alumni Relations, Donor Relations, and the Engagement Team to strategize best use of campus partners for events and activities in alignment with strategic stewardship activities. The development strategist will coordinate with University Relations in determining communication strategy surrounding gift celebrations to align with development and engagement strategies for major gift benefactors. Project management platforms will be used to organize, and report activity. The most common platform used is Basecamp, but others may be adopted to achieve success in this position. Additionally, the development strategist will report all benefactor-communication in Raiser's Edge, the university’s alumni and donor database.Essential


Key skills needed for this position include attention to detail, professional writing skills, project management, clear and concise communication, basic graphic design, a self-starting attitude, flexibility, friendly and professional communication, an aptitude for new technology, and active listening skills are necessary to achieve success with these duties. Advanced ability to process complex concepts and projects and distill to broadly relatable concise communications. Ability to work with executive-level internal leaders. Demonstrated knowledge of philanthropic support, program evaluation methodology, project management, and communication preferred. Ability to speak clearly and concisely, while also being inclusive, and welcoming. Ability to exercise judgement in analyzing situations and making decisions. Ability to provide sound advice to internal and external stakeholders. Advanced knowledge of research methodology. Problem solving and negotiation skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to coordinate conflicting issues of diverse units. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to develop and modify policies and procedures. Ability to work independently. Advanced ability to collect, analyze and interpret data. Ability to write, negotiate, conclude, and administer complex proposals and reports. Knowledge of best practices in project management and project management technology preferred.


Five years of relevant experience in grant/professional writing, program management, donor relations, fundraising, development, or communication.


Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration, or a relevant field. Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.

Position details:

This is a full-time, Grade 80, minimum $2,257.60 biweekly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Applicant instructions:

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

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with application reviews taking place on July 26, 2021. To ensure consideration please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, July 25, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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

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 theprobationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

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.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the 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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