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The Development Officer has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of a comprehensive development strategy for the LII. As the sole fundraising professional dedicated to the LII, the Development Officer has responsibility for assessing, prioritizing and executing on the Institute's development opportunities including a heavy emphasis on online fundraising and email marketing, as well as growing opportunities in individual major gifts and the corporate and foundation arenas. This professional is also responsible for overseeing development systems and infrastructure, including the donor database, research resources and gift reporting
The candidate must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five to seven years of experience in development, fund raising, or closely related experience. Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, effective organizational skills and strong detail orientation. Experienced with electronic communications, online fundraising, and email donor solicitation; able to identify and communicate the benefits inherent in innovation and new technology to a diverse audience.
Extensive experience with online fundraising. Strong quantitative and technical skills. Able to work effectively with a donor database. Able to effectively manipulate, analyze, and evaluate data in a timely manner. Experience in creating and managing a fundraising budget at the scale of a medium-sized community nonprofit.
Appropriate and timely oral communication skills; a superb listener with a relationship oriented approach. Ability to work effectively in a fast- paced, demanding environment, while handling multiple tasks and competing priorities at the same time. Ability to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team. Ability to work effectively and collaborate with a large, diverse staff network. Must be able to learn and effectively apply knowledge of LII priorities and programs within fund raising efforts. Sound judgment, tact and discretion.
Experience developing innovative and creative options to increase potential prospect base. Ability to develop effective strategies to meet stated goals. Solid event planning experience. Works occasional weekends, evenings, and to undertake business travel.
Experience in higher education, political fundraising, or similarly complex environments using the concepts and principles of nurturing fund raising, campaign/project fund raising and speculative fundraising. Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft desktop applications, including Word Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, as well as the Google suite of services including Gmail, Drive, Sheets, and Calendar. Experience in alumni affairs, development, and communications, particularly at Cornell. Experience with PeopleSoft and SalesForce. Experience in recruiting, training, and developing volunteers. A general curiosity about computer and information science methodologies and processes and also the American legal system.
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