Annual Giving Philanthropy Officer

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

Position Title: Annual Giving Philanthropy Officer  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

70000 - Univer Advance and Mktg VP Office

Advertised Salary: $50,000-$55,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
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: The Annual Giving Philanthropy Officer will support the Ferris Foundation and Advancement team in University Advancement and Marketing to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a targeted portfolio of annual giving prospects. The ability to achieve success will be realized through strong internal partnerships as well as working with alumni, donors and friends of the university to help support Ferris’s commitment to student success in the achievement of a strong education by forging meaningful philanthropic relationships.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree  
Required Work Experience: 2 – 4 years of professional experience involving cultivation, stewardship and fundraising, or a combination of education and experience.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver's License  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: 1. Fundraising experience in a university environment closing gifts at an annual fund level of $1k-$50k.
2. Strong interpersonal, team and leadership skills, tact and flexibility in working with diverse populations.
3. Ability to plan and implement events and develop marketing strategies.
4. Ability to multi-task competing priorities, interruptions, and inquires with a high level of professionalism and tolerance for ambiguity.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Manage a personal portfolio of donors and prospects (annual giving leadership level) which helps to maintain a pipeline of philanthropic support helping to grow the Fund for Ferris and other key university initiatives.

Works in collaboration with the Alumni Relations, Annual Giving and Advancement Communication staff to increase philanthropic support for annual giving initiatives such as Giving Tuesday and One Day for Dawgs (Day of Giving) to secure lead and matching gifts.

Must be comfortable creating team-supportive structures such as prospect list and portfolio management, data accuracy, and serve as a second resource of support and guidance for Ferris fundraisers/key university initiatives.

Research and incorporate ongoing annual fund best practices to help develop new and creative strategies to increase support.

Reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Advancement and works in conjunction with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Serve on various university and community committees as assigned.  
Skills and Abilities: 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:
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
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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