Senior Development Officer

Job Description:
Works to develop major gifts for the K-State Alumni Association through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of qualified major donor prospects. The officer will work with the President and CEO and the Association’s donor relations team to develop fundraising strategies, stewardship efforts and prospect information for donor engagement. The position will help connect individuals and build relationships to provide philanthropic support to the K-State Alumni Association and Kansas State University through face-to-face visits, event attendance and required travel. This position will work in collaboration with the other University development staff, University leadership and various K-State alumni, donors, and volunteers. 

Job Type:
Full-Time, Exempt

Job Responsibilities:
1.       Make calls/visits to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward appropriate major gifts for the Alumni Association with an emphasis on gifts of $10,000 or more. 

2.       Establish and execute fundraising strategy for identified prospects, establish travel schedule, arrange donor meetings and associated communications.

3.       Review research reports and prospect information from the donor database. 

4.       Coordinate with the Assistant VP of Development and Communications to identify current annual fund members to cultivate and steward. 

5.       Assist with major fundraising gifts as directed by President and CEO.

6.       Provide regular reports to document activities, results, and accomplishments in relation to established goals and objectives. File and document results and contacts within the database prospect management platform. 

7.       Establish collaboration with university partners including KSU Foundation development staff and K-State Athletics development staff as appropriate to discuss major donor prospects, strategy, and solicitation. 

8.       Represent the Alumni Association at various events, university, and community activities. 

9.       Other duties as assigned. This job description is not designed to cover the only duties, activities, or responsibilities to be performed by the employee for this job and may change with or without notice. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

Minimum Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years professional work experience relevant to the position with 1-3 years of fundraising experience building a portfolio of donors or clients and closing gifts or sales. Experience conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, presenting proposals and other fundamental elements in client/donor relations. Ability to independently initiate, organize and follow through with program plans and strategies. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both within and outside the Association. Demonstrated communications skills and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on engaged listening.

Salary and Benefits:  Competitive Salary with benefits including paid health, dental, company paid life insurance. 403(b) retirement plan with company match. Paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick, personal, and volunteer leave. 8 weeks paid parental leave. Paid professional development and EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Regular attendance is required in this job. The K-State Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit letter of interest, resume and three references to: Attn: Human Resources, K-State Alumni Association, 100 Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS  66506-1001. Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled. For questions, contact Brad Sidener, Sr. Vice President, K-State Alumni Association, 785-532-5055. Applications or questions may be submitted online to