Essential Functions: Job PurposeThe Associate Gift Officer is responsible for development activities including prospect and donor identification, cultivation, solicitation of low to mid-level gifts, stewardship, donor acknowledgement and recognition for institutional and individual donors to the University's Office of Economic Development and TechTown (a separate entity in partnership with the University). This position reports to the Director of Economic Development, Fundraising.Essential Functions(Essential functions are the primary duties/major job responsibilities that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The essential functions are listed in order of importance.) Collaborates with Director on all areas of the fundraising cycle from identification to stewardship including planning, development and implementation of fundraising plans and initiatives. Cultivates donors and prospects by identifying engagement opportunities, events and messaging platforms. In collaboration with Director and program teams, assists in the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies that lead to solicitation. Solicits and stewards a portfolio of donors and prospects with the ability to give low to mid-level gifts including all solicitations, both written and in-person; manages the stewardship and plans for each donor. Ensures that all donor interactions are tracked and that recognition and communication plans are executed including, but not limited to, timely and appropriate acknowledgement; prepares and submits grant applications and impact reports in a timely manner, as required. Manages the editing process for grant reporting including collecting, organizing and editing content; strategizes with team to ensure objectives and timelines are met; collaborates with strategy team and Chief Program Officer to ensure key performance indicators (KPI's) are correctly vetted.Identifies donors through prospect research, network development and program team relationships to build the pipeline for low to mid-level donors. Develops and maintains donor prospect lists, segmentations and engagement timelines. Develops and maintains a comprehensive development "moves management" calendar including individual donors, corporate donors and foundation grants. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, communicating with program staff regarding expectations and deadlines. Develops, maintains and grows internal relationships with WSU Corporate and Foundation Relations, other Development and Alumni Affairs units, Fiscal Operations, Marketing and Communications; and TechTown's internal program staff, events and collaborative workspaces teams. Maintains donor database including list pulls and segmentation; updates constituent information as needed; analyzes donor trends and provide updates to Office of Economic Development and TechTown program teams. Performs related work as assigned.
Qualifications: Minimum QualificationsEducation: Bachelor's Degree in marketing, public relations, business administration or related field preferred.Experience: Minimum two years' experience as a non-profit or foundation fundraising professional; grant writing experience required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally both orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills. PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills.ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of accuracy.TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient in the use of databases and complex administrative systems software, preferably in the higher education environment. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel. LEARNING AGILITY: Independent and innovative self-starter who displays an ability to learn quickly and easily adapts to changing situations. Experience researching topics to gain knowledge and understanding when information gaps exist.INTEGRITY AND DIPLOMACY: Exhibits integrity beyond reproach and builds trusting relationships. Able to strategize, plan, execute and interact with tact, discretion and diplomacy.TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within the division and other units to gain full understanding of the project and desired outcome; ability to produce high quality and consistent results with assistance of team members; provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects.Some local travel required. Weekends and evening hours required.
Internal Number: 76_206391
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.