Advancement Officer

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative


Position Title: Advancement Officer  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

70000 - Univer Advance and Mktg VP Office

Advertised Salary: $58,000 - $65,000; Salary commensurate with qualifications plus a comprehensive benefit package.  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement, and working with other staff and volunteers, the Advancement Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual major gift prospects that are capable of making gift commitments of $10,000 or more to support Ferris State University’s funding priorities. Travel is required, including evenings and weekends.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree.  
Required Work Experience: At least two years' experience in fundraising, sales, direct marketing, or related field, preferably in higher education or in other complex organizations.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid driver’s license  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Driving
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Work experience in higher education or in other large complex organizations.
Experience with Ellucian software.
Proven experience working with five-figure gifts or higher.
Knowledge of Ferris State University.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: • Advance individual relationships that result in philanthropic contributions
• Identify, qualify, and manage a portfolio of prospects
• Plan and implement strategies and effective activities for soliciting prospects including candidates for planned gifts and/or multi-year pledges
• Match funding priorities to individual donor interests
• Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies designed to understand the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects
• Ensure consistent and appropriate contact while demonstrating effective stewardship
• Gain a comprehensive understanding of the university’s funding priorities and effectively articulate needs to individual donors
• Generate gift agreements for new gifts
• Serve as an active team member in the development and implementation of University Advancement goals
• Assist with developing communications, designing meeting content, preparing materials, and coordinating plans to support fundraising strategies and priorities.
• Collaborate with colleagues within University Advancement and Marketing and across the campus community
• Gather, record, and properly store information about prospects and donors utilizing the University’s donor and alumni tracking database
• Participate in the department’s activities, i.e. staff retreat, serving on special committees and understanding the University’s broader fundraising objectives
• Participate in special projects and other duties as assigned.
•Reports to the Associate Vice President for Advancement.
•Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information and performing duties in compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
•Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
•Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: • Excellent, organizational, networking and communications skills, both written and oral, as well as a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings.
• Ability to effectively work independently to achieve monthly and annual goals
• Ability to manage multiple priorities
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment
• Ability to travel on day and overnight trips, and evening and weekends, as required. Travel is anticipated to be at least 50%.
• Skilled with using Microsoft Office and customer relations management software
• A general level of comfort when dealing with high net worth individuals and an ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality
• Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment
• Responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information and performing duties in compliance with applicable policies and procedures
•Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
September 18th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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