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Development Officer

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Work type: Academic Staff - 12 Month
Location: Platteville
Categories: Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Office and Administrative, Student Services

The Department of Development and Alumni Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a Development Officer. This is a full-time, annual basis appointment with competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits. The Development Officer serves as an experienced fundraiser for the College of Liberal Arts and Education (LAE). This individual is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing a fund raising program(s) consistent with the fund raising campaigns and strategies of an institution. May coordinate volunteer staff or committees in support of fund raising activities. May be responsible for a specific intelligence operation program or managing the non-administrative day-to-day intelligence operations of a unit or be responsible for developing a particular ongoing solicitation program.

Required Qualifications:

  • 4 years of Major Gift or relationship management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
  • Proven track record in fundraising, specifically donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Superior interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and problem-solving skills
  • Positive attitude, excellent problem-solving skills, and ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to collaborate with other Major Gift team members including Prospect Research and Stewardship
  • Ability to set and achieve fundraising goals
  • Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and donor tracking systems
  • Ability to work independently and with multi-culturally diverse populations
  • Respect for donor and University confidentiality


  • Develops measurable major gifts goals in conjunction with the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Engagement that reflect the priorities of academic and institutional leadership
  • Manages an ongoing portfolio of major gift prospects and creates a strategy for each stage of the fundraising pipeline
  • Conducts personal visits each year with major gift prospects ($10,000+) for the purposes of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Creates compelling, customized proposals for donor support and successfully closes gifts that contribute to annual goals
  • Solicits planned gifts from prospects, demonstrating a sound understanding of different planned giving vehicles
  • Partners with academic leadership to support strategic initiatives, including consistent data tracking and reporting
  • Partners with Stewardship and Retention staff to strengthen relationships with current donors
  • Collaborates with Prospect Research staff to create briefing materials for meetings with academic leadership
  • Travels frequently in order to build and maintain donor relationships and represent the University at various events

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

To Ensure Consideration:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 17, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

To Apply:

Application are required to be submitted electronically via the UW-Platteville Careers portal. Complete applications must include:

  • A cover letter addressing all qualifications;
  • Current resume; and
  • A list of three (3) professional references (name, title, contact info, professional relationship to you)


Questions about this position may be addressed to:

                Stacia Stephenson, Search Committee Chair, 608.342.1690

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