Senior Development Officer for the Honors College & The Office of Student Success

University of Alaska

Senior Development Officer for the Honors College & The Office of Student Success

• Job No:
• Classification:Development 4
• Grade:Grade 81
• Work type:On Campus, Staff Part-time
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
• School/Business unit:UAA VC University Advancement
• Location:Anchorage
• Categories: Development/Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:
UAA is seeking an experienced fundraising professional for a Senior Development Officer position for the Honors College in the Office of University Advancement. The Senior Development Officer will work with university leadership and executive-level volunteers to build private support for a variety of high priority initiatives which reinforce the university's strategic vision and extend UAA's brand. This individual will be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gifts, grants and contracts, and high-end annual donors and prospective donors. Increasing emphasis is being placed on qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, particularly alumni. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in closing major and planned gifts, grants, and contracts. This Senior Development Officer will work closely with the dean to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives for the Honors College initiatives for UAA's Honors College has over 100 currently accepted students with track specialties in Leadership, Community Engagement, Research and Creative Activity, and Global and Multicultural Studies.

10Other Responsibilities: - Serve as a liaison with the UA Foundation and the unit Leadership Team. - Provide strategic support and direction to the Executive Director of Associate University Advancement and Chancellor in matters related to the unit Major Gift Performance. - With the unit dean's leadership team coordinate the yearly development priorities and communicate decisions regarding the establishment and maintenance of the unit's priorities in development. - Administrative duties include briefings and coordination of solicitation meetings, development travel, and University leadership briefings. - Act as liaison between Honors College and University Advancement. - Attend University Advancement department, Foundation, Honors College Leadership Team, and other meetings as necessary. - As needed, engage with the Honors College directors when a development prospect may impact their department, school, division, or unit.Essential 10Planning and Leadership: - With the unit leadership team draft and design the area's annual fund development plan in alignment with the overall department and University of Advancement goals, and in concert with UAA's strategic plan. Plan(s) to include a variety of vehicles, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, philanthropic grants and contracts and stewardship and alumni cultivation. - Conceptualize and provide mentorship and guidance to the unit's team regarding individual fundraising strategies including prospect identification, discovery, or qualification visits; cultivation plans; and solicitation of specific amounts. - Implement, regularly assess and adjust the strategies to successfully meet specific program needs and realize strategic opportunities and annual goals. - Act as an expert resource to identify, research, and analyze how alumni, friends of the university, volunteers, and related industry partners' resources and interests apply to their programs, missions, and priorities. - Serve as an expert resource to the leadership team, division directors, department chairs and administrative staff on all aspects of development, from prospect calls to the acknowledgement process. - Arrange related cultivation and solicitation meetings and activities for Chancellor and other University staff.Essential 15Stewardship: (keep Honors College dean's leadership team informed) - The following activities are completed in coordination with the Honors College dean's office: - Coordinate with Annual Giving and Donor Relations Officers on prospect strategies, gift completion and gift acknowledgment. - In cooperation with the Donor Relations Officer, create, review, and execute stewardship strategies for current donors that will lead to increased and continued support. - Lead and Coordinate with the University Advancement Office to plan donor receptions, in coordination with the Honors College Dean, and coordinate other forms of donor recognition.Essential 65Cultivation/Solicitation: The following activities are completed in coordination with the vice provost and dean's office: - Conduct frequent face-to-face visits with donors and prospective donors over the course of a year to lead to new, renewed or increased gifts'. Visits may include discovery, cultivation, solicitation, or stewardship visits. - Prepare and present convincing appeals/requests/proposals and a year-by-year gift impact to donors. - Solicit and secure gifts and philanthropic grants and contracts ranging from high-end annual gifts to large in complexity and scope. - Meet the fundraising goals identified in an annual plan and agreed to by the Director of Development, and the unit. - Cultivate and solicit planned gifts, philanthropic gifts. - Represent the unit to various community organizations and individuals to build relationships for future gifts, donations, philanthropic grants and contracts. - Serve as an expert resource on all development activities while working with executive-level industry partners and interested partners, corporations and boards. - Work to strengthen annual giving, particularly among UAA alumni. Align unit development activities with the programs and services of UAA's Development Office. - Write proposals to appropriate foundations or corporations for philanthropic support. - Work with executive-level volunteers with the goal of cultivating them toward future gifts, donations and philanthropic grants and contracts or working them as natural partners to cultivate and solicit other gifts, philanthropic grants, and contracts. - Record visits through contact reports (CRs) and enter CRs and proposals for Raiser's Edge reporting on a timely basis.Essential
About the University of Alaska Anchorage's

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a vibrant and growing institute of higher education, located in the heart of Alaska's largest city. More than 15,000 students enroll in classes taught by close to 600 full-time faculty. The campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, lush trees, and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system for biking, walking, running, and skiing.

Surrounded by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, the community of greater Anchorage is alive year-round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, sporting events and more. For more information visit and

About the Honors College Honors:

The University Honors College allows students to creatively craft and personalize their own experience at UAA - and to make sure their engagement counts for credit! The College offers four unique tracks for students to choose as an area to tailor their curricular and co-curricular courses and activities: Leadership, Research and Creative Activity, Global and Multicultural Studies, and Community Engagement. Each track has a dedicated faculty who advise the students and ensure that their experiences and interests are met with outstanding opportunities. Students are encouraged to use their experiences as an opportunity to earn an Honors designation upon completing their degrees at UAA.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Proven effective and progressively responsible fundraising experience.
• Knowledge of fundraising in higher education.
• Knowledge of best practices in fundraising: cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Leadership skills/experience.
• Analyzes and resolves significant problems.
• Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues.
• Applies broad understanding of program, organization, system and/or client needs to resolve highly complex problems.
• Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement.
• Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in the assigned area. Specialist or expert resource.
• Serves as a strategic advisor.
• Is a team or project leader.
• Develops long-range strategic plans.
• Interprets and applies complex rules and regulations.
• Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well as part of a team.
• Knowledge of and/or experience in Alaska's fundraising environment is preferred.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Five years of development experience, preferably in higher education. Master's degree in relevant field preferred.
Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred.
Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter preferred.

Required Experience & Education:
Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field and four years of experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary Information:

This is a part-time, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on Monday, October 9, 2023, please be sure to apply by 11:55pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Steffany Willhauck, Shared Services HR Coordinator, at or (907)-786-0384.

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Closing Date 2024-09-24