Associate Development Officer – Medicine and Health – Neuro

University of Minnesota Foundation

| Minneapolis, MN | July 3, 2018

The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) is a key partner with the University in building and sustaining excellence among students and faculty, and fueling discovery in important areas on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Reporting to the Development Officer-Neurosciences, this position is responsible for generating support from donors across the Neurosciences. The ADO will work closely with volunteers including staffing the board of the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) and managing the signature fundraising event (Diamond Awards) by securing philanthropic gifts from individuals, company and organizational sponsors, and gifts-in-kind. The ADO will also manage other cultivation, stewardship and community events to strategically engage current and potential donors and partners for ataxia, neurodegenerative diseases and other areas across the Neurosciences. This position will build the pipeline of donors that give annual gifts with potential for major or planned gift relationships and opportunities across the Neurosciences.

The ADO will collaborate with personnel across the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) including advancement services, IS, and marketing and communications programs, as appropriate, to ensure cohesive, organized fundraising-related activities and messaging.

•    Build and maintain a portfolio of prospects with the capacity to give $25,000 or greater. Take timely and strategic steps in moving prospects through the major gift cycle of identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship.
•    Conduct calls to qualify and assess new and lapsed donors between $1,000 and $50,000, including individuals, grateful families, corporations, event sponsors, and clinic partners.
•    Total annual gift production expectations for this level of position range from approximately $100,000 to $500,000.
•    Use research and analytics to inform fundraising strategy and expand the prospect pipeline.
•    Build effective working relationships with faculty and clinic partners to engage and cultivate prospects.
•    Oversee strategy and execution of Diamond Awards, the annual signature fundraising event. Work with Events team, volunteer committee, external partners, and development colleagues on communications, logistics, program, and event follow-up.
•    Manage the sponsorships process for Diamond Awards. Partner with Development and Corporate & Foundation Relations teams to ensure coordination in securing sponsorships.
•    Work with the Neurosciences development team, prospect research team, faculty, and clinic staff to identify appropriate prospects to engage in Diamond Awards.
•    Files timely contact reports, maintains accurate records and provides updated information in the Donor Management System.

Board Management and Engagement
•    Staff the BAARC Board for meetings and board activities, in partnership with the Institute for Translational Neuroscience.
•    Oversee the preparation of fund reports and funding requests, in partnership with the ITN.
•    Support BAARC’s strategic planning and development objectives. Engage board members in appropriate activities across the Neurosciences.

•    Assist with data gathering and analysis related to new programs in Medicine & Health.
•    Complete and file timely reports. Maintain accurate and relevant records within the University of Minnesota Foundation database.
•    Participate in special projects and other duties and assignments as might be required.

Required Qualifications
•    Baccalaureate degree (4 year) in business administration, marketing, communications, public relations or nonprofit management or related field.
•    Demonstrated experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, and creating and presenting proposals.
•    Minimum of two years of professional development experience in individual giving, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts; or four or more years of experience in marketing, consultative sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field where you were responsible for cultivating/soliciting and maintaining long-term, trusting client relationships (either individual or business) for provision of services.
•    Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills and success in working in a team setting.
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
•    Outstanding organizational, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
•    Analytical, presentation and meeting facilitation skills.
•    Ability to independently initiate, organize and follow through with multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with University colleagues, UMF staff, volunteers, and the public.
•    Proficient in PC computer based programs, such as Microsoft Office, and database operation skills.
•    Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary.
•    Must have access to reliable transportation, as this position requires regular travel (mostly local) on behalf of the Foundation.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.
•    Experience working in higher education, health or disease-related institution.
•    Experience managing and supervising volunteers.
•    Proficiency with fundraising database(s).

Office environment including standing and sitting at desk, use of computer, occasional lifting of approximately 10#.

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. A satisfactory background check is the absence of a criminal record that bears a demonstrable relationship to the applicant/employee’s suitability to perform the required duties and responsibilities of the position.

University of Minnesota Foundation
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2010

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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