Development Officer – School of Public Health

University of Minnesota School of Public Health

| Minneapolis, MN | Posted February 21, 2017 |

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.

This position is responsible for securing significant philanthropic support for the School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Minnesota. This individual is responsible to cultivate and solicit major gifts to support education, research, and outreach with major gift prospects.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree.

Minimum of three years professional fundraising experience, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts; or related experience in marketing, sales, public relations or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation of individuals/businesses.

Ability to work in highly accountable and fast-paced environment and maintain a strong sense of urgency coupled with demonstrated success in management of multiple priorities

Demonstrated success in working independently but also collaboratively in a team setting

Solid relationship-building skills with a diverse constituency of donors, faculty, strategic partners, volunteers and UMF staff.

Proficient in the use of PC software, such as Microsoft Office, and current technology

Ability to maintain confidential information.

Strong commitment to a major, land grant/research university in an urban environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Development experience, including capital campaign experience, in higher education, health, or disease-related institution.

Demonstrated knowledge of basic business terminology, financial matters and the ethical, legal, and tax-related issues regarding the solicitation, transfer, and management of charitable gifts.

Outstanding oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including effective presentation skills.

Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead people and to work collaboratively

Knowledge of planned giving programs.

The School of Public Health is committed to supporting an inclusive community and holistically assesses the qualifications of each applicant. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, and experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to success.

About the Job

Duties and Responsibilities:

Major Gifts

Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors with a specific focus on major gift prospects in SPH.

Develop an annual plan of work, including planned solicitations, a revenue goal for every donor, strategy and carefully laid out plan on how you will achieve that goal with each donor with an emphasis on achieving established standards and metrics.

Take full responsibility and accountability for all agreed upon goals.

Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of SPH and philanthropic priorities to effectively and compellingly present its case to prospects and donors.

Build and manage a portfolio of major gifts ($50,000 and above) prospects. Take timely and strategic steps in moving prospects through the major gift cycle of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.Utilize various giving methods such as current, deferred giving, and non-cash gifts.

Manage and lead specific fundraising projects pertaining to areas of focus.

Clear and coordinate prospective donors through appropriate University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) procedures to ensure effective solicitation of the donor that maximizes the gift to the University and the donor’s satisfaction with the institution.

Serve as a member of the development team by closely partnering with alumni relations and annual giving and collaborating with other colleagues across disciplines, including Foundation staff, on donor strategies. Work with UMF development research to continue to identify new potential major gift prospects for future gift opportunities.

Initiate and oversee the development of proposals and written material in support of specific major gift fundraising initiatives.


Complete, file and maintain accurate, relevant and timely reports and records of donor/prospect contacts by utilizing database, employing discretion while recording information of relevance to appropriate individuals.

Attend University and external functions as recommended. Serve on committees as appropriate.

Prepare reports and other required information as requested.

Accept and implement other specific assignments as directed.

This position requires some weekend and evening attendance at various University and external functions and occasional travel.

About the School:

The School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is a nationally ranked top 10 institution. Our school offers a superior array of advanced degrees and is home to numerous world-renowned research and training centers. Through excellence in education, research, and community engagement, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health advances health — from scientific discovery to public impact — by enhancing population health and preventing disease in the United States and globally. The school has 21 master’s degree programs, 6 minors, over 130 faculty members and 1,256 current students.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online at:

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