Development Officer


Website Houston Baptist University

Department: Advancement and University Relations

Type of Position: Professional

Reports to: VP, Advancement & University Relations

Job Status: Exempt

Position Summary:

The Development Officer is a fundraising, portfolio-driven position with prospect management responsibilities including qualification, cultivation, solicitation & stewardship of prospective & current donors, individual and/or corporate. The portfolio will be broad-based to solicit gifts for any fundraising priority and may also focus on a defined territory, affinity group or council, constituency and/or funding initiative. The Development Officer serves as primary point of contact for the portfolio, including prospect management & strategy development, personal visits, fundraising proposals, and correspondence & volunteer involvement. Works closely with Advancement/Alumni colleagues to develop & execute a strategic fundraising plan. Collaborates and coordinates with VP of Advancement & other departments as needed, including other administrative units across campus.

Essential Functions: Cultivation and Solicitation: Work with Campus-wide and Athletics’ fundraisers, Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations teams, Annual Giving & Alumni Relations colleagues and other development staff to create cultivation and proposal strategies for the major gift portfolio. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • advance the mission and Ten Pillars vision and strategic plans of the University
  • assume direct accountability for prospect cultivation, solicitation & stewardship
  • maintain a vigorous schedule of personal visits to cultivate & solicit prospects and steward donors
  • strategically guide the involvement of other fundraising staff colleagues, volunteers, faculty, Deans, Provost and Advancement staff to plan and document strategy, specific prospect activity and constituent updates for each assigned prospect.
  • design and implement comprehensive institutional advancement programs that will significantly increase constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes
  • coordinate with advancement colleagues to draft proposals, correspondence, and other material for prospect/donor information, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • prepare regular activity reports and provide consistent and timely communication to leadership, colleagues and constituents on next steps, strategies, and proposals for all major-gift-level prospects
  • comply with prospect assignment, management and clearance process
  • fully participate in Advancement fundraiser meetings and training sessions
  • work well in a team environment and with related external constituencies
  • attend events for University/development purposes in working with donors, as determined by supervisor

Related Development Functions: Work with Advancement staff to reach objectives set for operational, endowment and capital initiatives. Responsibilities include close coordination with fundraising colleagues, Alumni Relations, Development Research and Prospect Management, Donor Relations, and Records and Gift Administration to share important biographical and relevant philanthropic information regarding alumni, parents and friends in the portfolio.

Education and Work Experience Required: Bachelor’s Degree and Five to Seven years of professional work experience preferred.

Type of Work Experience: Proven major gift fundraising or sales results preferred. Knowledge of sales or fundraising management principles required. Professional work experience in an academic/higher education setting, working with alumni, parents and volunteers, preferred.

Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Candidate must be an insightful, articulate and persuasive communicator who is committed to the support of advancement. The candidate will be called on to think collaboratively, strategically and creatively while participating in decision-making. The candidate must exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Software Skills: Must be able to articulate the ability to use web-based technology and system tools to keep in touch from remote locations as this position may require travel, communication and reporting while out of the office. Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel).

Other Job Related Functions: Travel may be required as needed to cultivate and/or steward donors in the portfolio. Participation and attendance at University and Community events required. This position has fiscal/financial responsibilities. This position does not have supervisory expectations.

Additional Information: 

Houston Baptist University is committed to maintaining a teaching faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith. The Preamble to the Bylaws of the University sets forth a statement of belief which each University employee is expected to support and personify. Your submittal of an application for employment indicates your acceptance and affirmation of these statements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of personnel.


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