Albright College, a liberal arts college in Reading, PA, is seeking applications for a Development Officer. The Development Officer reports directly to the Assistant Vice President of Major and Planned Giving and works with that person to achieve highly successful fundraising goals for Albright College. The Officer implements and coordinates efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals who have the capacity to provide outright gifts starting at the President’s Council Level ($1,000 annually and above) with a focus on major gifts of $25,000+ and deferred giving. The Officer will spend at least 60% of his/her time making contacts and calls outside of the office, including regional and some national travel.
In coordination with the overall Development program of the College, the Officer will carry out plans to generate gifts and pledges necessary to secure support for current operations and to achieve other fundraising goals as part of the overall development plan. In addition, the Officer works with other administrators and volunteers to increase enthusiasm, advocacy and gift support for Albright College.
Serve as the liaison to a department within the College and manage portfolio of prospects inclined to support that department.
Performance factors for this position include, but are not limited to, the number of contacts, commitments, and total amount of gifts made to the College.
Essential Job Functions:
Maintain a personal call volume of 80-100 donor visits annually in addition to other significant contacts with primarily alumni, parents and friends of the College
Responsible for completing a minimum of 30 - 45 gift solicitations and meeting fundraising goals for approved College priorities e.g., with an emphasis on leadership (President’s Council) gifts to The Fund for Albright and general unrestricted support for College priorities. Gift commitments may be in the form of one-time gifts, multi-year pledges, estate gifts, or any combination therein
Personally maintain a portfolio of up to 150 potential donors capable of making major gifts to the College ($25,000) and above. This includes qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and providing stewardship as well as using reunions, strategic special projects and initiatives, managing volunteers to conduct peer solicitations and other methods as approved by the Assistant Vice President of Major & Planned Giving
Prepare reports, briefing materials, correspondence, proposals, and related documents for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship donors
Prepare written and oral presentations and proposals as needed and provide staff support to the Vice President for Advancement, Assistant Vice President of Major and Planned Giving, and volunteer leadership engaged in solicitation and engagement strategies
Work with the Senior Director of Prospect Management and Research and the Assistant Vice President of Major and Planned Giving to coordinate building and execution of strategies of potential leadership donors and manage a personal portfolio of prospects. There will be a small number (approximately 10 - 15) of major gift prospects added to the portfolio at a time to be determined by the Senior Director of Prospect Management and Research
Participate in major on-campus College functions, including, but not limited to, Homecoming, Commencement Weekend, Alumni Weekend and the Honors & Awards Ceremony; must be prepared to work weekends and evening hours as needed
Submit timely and detailed call reports on all field activity
Work with Communications and Alumni and Donor Engagement staff to support activities and events of the College advancement effort
Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Vice President of Major and Planned Giving or the Vice President for Advancement
Serve as Advancement’s liaison with a specific department within the College. Attend department staff meetings, schedule monthly meetings with Department Directors, and manage special major gift campaigns of $25,000 or more to benefit the department.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; and is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.
The individual is routinely exposed to indoor conditions, minimum outdoor weather and temperature extremes, and moderate noise level.
Proficiency in English. Strong writing and communications skills.
Ability to understand and effectively represent a progressive liberal arts college to various constituencies
A high level of writing skills including experience in writing correspondence and fundraising proposals
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including skills in active listening and clear articulation
Adequate flexibility to work effectively with a wide range of constituents, including faculty, students, trustees, volunteers, alumni, administrators and students’ parents
Ability to build strong relationships, to create a high level of confidence and trust, and to communicate easily with donors about giving opportunities
Persuasive oral, written and computer communication skills; Ability to make appropriate connections among college constituents and to nurture strong and long-lasting relationships
Personal qualities of trustworthiness, openness, accessibility, kindness, flexibility, and a sense of humor
Ability to fuse success with enthusiasm
Collaborative, creative and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals or achieving demonstrated results in a similar field
Exceptional written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills
Excellent demonstrated organizational and planning skills
Proven relationship and trust-building skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies
Ability and aptitude for working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
Demonstrated competency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, knowledge of Millennium software a plus
Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues to complete assigned duties efficiently and successfully
An appreciation for liberal arts education and its philosophy
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
A creative approach to problem-solving, and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities
A high level of energy, self-confidence, and the ability to function effectively in a fast-paced, high expectation environment
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Sharepoint and Teams
Working knowledge of donor database software
Three or more years higher education or related nonprofit major gift/annual fund fundraising activities with documented success; other demonstrated successful sales related experience will be considered
Familiarity with planned giving concepts
Advanced degrees or professional certification
Valid Driver’s License
Review of applications for this position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should complete an application by clicking “Apply Now”. Cover letter, a minimum of two professional references and any other supporting application materials can be uploaded along with the resume. Optional documents may be submitted and can include: proof of education/certification, licenses, and letters of recommendation. Albright offers a competitive benefits package, which includes tuition remission.
As the oldest institution of higher learning in Berks County, Albright College has a long history of educating students of academic promise. Founded in 1856, Albright College is a diverse community of learners cultivating integrity, curiosity, connection, and resilience. The college’s flexible curriculum encourages students to combine and cross majors to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship and numerous experiential learning options create opportunities for Albright graduates to exceed their own expectations. Nationally ranked as a top performer for social mobility, Albright is proud of its wide cultural and economic diversity. Students learn to relate to people from different backgrounds, develop greater self-awareness, and gain a panoramic perspective of the world in order to view problems from multiple perspectives. The experience is valuable to students preparing to enter today’s global workplace, where differences in backgrounds and perspectives are the norm.
Albright College is a liberal arts institution with approximately 1750 students, located within an hour of Philadelphia and three hours of New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Additional information about Albright College is available at www.albright.edu.
At Albright, we believe our differences make us stronger and empower us to better understand and respect one another in a just and fair manner. With this in mind, the College recruits, houses, educates, employs, supports, and generally celebrates people of all statuses, identities, and backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religious or spiritual identity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, marital and parental status, veteran status, political affiliation, and physical and mental ability. Albright College is an EEO employer and, as stated above, is actively committed to inclusivity within its community. In pursuit of that, we actively encourage diversity in all dimensions among applicants for this position. Additional information about Albright College is available at www.albright.edu.
About Albright College
Our mission is to inspire and educate the scholar and leader in each student, building on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to the best of human values, fostering a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.