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Advancement Officer

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Position Information

Position Title Advancement Officer
Department Office of Advancement
Location Huntington National Bank Building (Hancock, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Director of Gift Planning

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Does travelling across the United States, meeting and talking with successful Michigan Technological University alumni sound interesting? If so, read on.

Michigan Tech is looking for a dynamic, people centric individual to assist the University with our philanthropic mission. We are looking for career minded individuals who have passion and drive to enrich the students, programs and people of Michigan Tech. Professionals who get their energy from meeting new people and engaging alums with vibrant backgrounds will flourish in the Advancement Officer position. If you want to make a difference in lives of those who will make a difference in the lives of others, please consider joining our team.

The Advancement Officer is responsible for cultivating and soliciting our alumni and friends for major and planned gifts of $25,000 and more. The Advancement officer duties will primarily involve meeting with potential university donors in a one on one setting to discuss their philanthropic vision and assisting donors to find the best match to direct their philanthropic funds.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Cultivate, manage, and engage alumni in conversations regarding major and planned giving.
2. Utilizing researched data, contact and meet potential donors to determine their affinity to the University and their likelihood to provide philanthropic support to the University.
3. In collaboration with Advancement and Academic leadership, create individual cultivation and solicitation strategies for major and planned giving donor prospects.
4. Serve as a liaison to select academic departments to enhance giving opportunities within academic units across campus.
5. Collaborate with the Donor Relations Officer and University leadership to prepare written gift proposals.
6. Correspond and follow up with donors, alumni and friends regarding giving opportunities at Michigan Tech.
7. Recommend and partner with the Director of Stewardship to implement stewardship strategies for choice donors.
8. Work in partnership with other advancement officers, University faculty and staff, and Michigan Tech Fund staff.
9. Strategically establish personal performance metrics in consultation with Advancement leadership.
10. Attend and coordinate alumni events both on and off campus as needed.
11. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
12. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited institution.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• At least 1 year of fundraising, admissions, banking, management, sales or equivalent experience is required (student employment experience counts).

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience working in higher education.
• Knowledge of fundraising in a university advancement environment.
• Understanding of donor stewardship and alumni engagement.
• Knowledge of major and planned giving
• Experience with Michigan Tech culture.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements.
• Willingness for frequent travel that may range between 25% and 75% of the position on any given month.
• Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, oral, written skills with a strong service orientation.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, prioritize and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines while multi-tasking in a fast paced travel environment.
• Demonstrated ability to be a strategic and innovative thinker and effective in moving projects/assignments along.
• A self-starter with strong organizational abilities, integrity and confidence.
• Team player with the ability to work in a cooperative/dynamic environment (e.g. with administrators, staff, faculty, and students) and external community environment (e.g. with business leaders, donors and volunteers).
• Ability to analyze and interpret data and make strategic business decisions.
• Ability to keep matters highly confidential and demonstrate honesty at all times.
• Must be highly proficient with the Microsoft software suite, including Word, Excel and Power Point.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17160
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 05/10/2017
External Posting Date 05/10/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

Please upload a list of at least (3) professional references.



Accept References No
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you possess a willingness for frequent travel that may range between 25% and 75% of the position on any given month?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents