The Development Officer is responsible for a portfolio of highly rated prospects and is expected to identify, cultivate and solicit financial support from alumni and friends of the College. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to build relationships that lead to major gifts which advance the organizational priorities and goals. He/she will also serve as a key member of the College’s fundraising team in preparation for and execution of a capital campaign.
1. Responsible for soliciting gifts of $10,000 and higher from alumni and friends. 2. Manages relationships from a geographically-assigned portfolio of 100-150 highly rated prospects. 3. Conducts personal calls and visits on current and potential donors with a monthly target of 10-15 visits. 4. Serves on major gifts team and participates in top donor strategy meetings with particular focus on cultivating and soliciting donors to engage them in priorities of upcoming capital campaign. 5. Creates a yearly work plan to efficiently manage major gift prospects through identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. 6. Plans and executes fundraising strategies; reports on progress on a regular basis. 7. Moves potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure. 8. Participates in staff prospect management and strategy meetings. 9. Manages volunteers, work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development and advancement staff and other College representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for college-wide priorities. 10. Participates in other duties as assigned and supports regular department work including Homecoming and reunions; Trustee meetings ; alumni board meetings; donor events.
Performs other duties as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s degree required. 2. 3 – 5 years professional experience, preferably in a non-profit/higher education environment or in a corporate foundation/corporate sales environment. 3. Goal-oriented, results focused. 4. Ability and willingness to travel, work evenings and weekends. 5. Basic planned giving knowledge preferred. 6. Excellent interpersonal skills. 7. Strong written and verbal communications skills. 8. Belief in and the ability to represent the Elmhurst College mission and core values. 9. A strong work ethic with an ability to work alone and within a larger team. 10. Demonstrated proficiency with development databases/call report systems. 11. Ability to collaborate within and across campus departments.
Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College is an independent liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Located in Elmhurst, Ill.—a friendly, bustling community less than 30 minutes from Chicago—the College is a top 10 college in the Midwest and ranks 4th among the best values in the region, according to U.S. News & World Report.
With more than 60 undergraduate majors and 17 gra...duate programs, Elmhurst boasts an enrollment of almost 3,400 students and a student-faculty ratio of just 13 to 1.
Our history reflects a commitment to the pursuit of intellectual excellence, social justice and service to humanity. Two of Elmhurst’s most esteemed alumni are renowned 20th century theologians Reinhold Niebuhr and his brother, H. Richard Niebuhr, who envisioned the College as “an ever-widening circle,” continually seeking to expand outward.
Elmhurst College is known throughout the region for its cultural programming, which includes one of the country’s oldest and largest collegiate jazz festivals, an extraordinary collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist art, and public lecture series that bring thousands of visitors to campus each year.
Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois and by The Higher Learning Commission. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.