The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an applicant’s record working with individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, this position is responsible for generating philanthropic support for the School. The Gift Officer 2 will work as part of the School’s Development and Alumni Relations team to secure major philanthropic gifts from individuals, grateful recipients, corporations and foundations. This position also will build the pipeline of donors that give annual gifts with potential for major or planned gift relationships and opportunities.
RESPONSIBILITIES Development/Fundraising (85%)
Build and maintain a portfolio of prospects with the capacity to give $25,000 or greater. Take timely and strategic steps in moving prospects through the major gift cycle of identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship. Total annual gift production expectations for this level of position range from approximately $100,000 to $500,000
Conduct calls to qualify and assess new and lapsed donors, including individuals, grateful recipients, corporations and foundations
Work with the development and alumni team, prospect research team, faculty, and staff to identify appropriate prospects to engage
Use research and analytics to inform fundraising strategy and expand the prospect pipeline
File timely contact reports, maintain accurate records and provide updated information in the Donor Management System
Support the School’s CDO in engaging the School’s Foundation and Alumni volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit, steward and engage major gift donors
Complete and file timely reports. Maintain accurate and relevant records within the University of Minnesota Foundation database
Participate in special projects and other duties and assignments as might be required.
Oversee the preparation of fund reports and funding requests
Salary range: $55,000-$70,000 annually
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
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Qualifications Required Qualifications:
Baccalaureate degree (4 year) (in business administration, marketing, communications, public relations or nonprofit management or related field, preferred)
Two years of demonstrated ability to successfully solicit major gifts; or experience in marketing, sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals/businesses.
Demonstrated experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, and creating and presenting proposals.
Minimum of two years of professional development experience in individual giving, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts; or four or more years of experience in marketing, consultative sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with responsibility for cultivating/soliciting and maintaining long-term, trusting client relationships (either individual or business) for provision of services.
Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills and success in working in a team setting.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
Outstanding organizational, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Analytical, presentation and meeting facilitation skills.
Ability to independently initiate, organize and follow through with multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with University colleagues, UMF staff, volunteers, and the public.
Proficient in PC computer based programs, such as Microsoft Office, and database operation skills.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary.
Must have access to reliable transportation, as this position requires regular travel (mostly local) on behalf of the Foundation.
Experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.
Experience working in higher education, health or disease-related institutions.
Experience managing and supervising engagement of volunteers.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.