Department: Advancement Reports to: Director of Leadership Gifts & Corporate Partnerships Status: Exempt Time commitment: Full Time
The Development Officer is responsible for contributing to the annual advancement giving goal by soliciting donations from existing and new donors. The Development Officer shall design, implement and follow up on key initiatives to drive new donor engagement through the areas of alumni, family relations, current donors, and new donors. The Development Officer will work collaboratively through the fundraising team consisting of Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, and Director of Leadership Gifts & Corporate Partnerships. Together, this team will partner with the wider advancement staff, FPU Foundation staff and institutional leaders to synthesize efforts for maximum results while nurturing prospects’ interest and understanding of the university mission and to develop and present prospective donors with appropriate charitable gift plan proposals. The Development Officer will also assist other advancement efforts in both written collateral and event management.
Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church, and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
Embrace the mission, vision, and values of Fresno Pacific University.
Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students, and guests.
Areas Of Focus
Proactively research, contact and meet with donors and potential donors to empower their philanthropic desires through FPU’s strategic initiatives
Develop strategies and initiatives to increase donor giving to all areas of FPU
Be an integral part of the fundraising team, which has been built to create opportunities, synthesize activities and empower advancement personnel to deliver maximum results for the benefit of donors and FPU
The primary responsibility for the Development Officer is to meet numerous new and current donors each week to activate their philanthropic desires according to FPU’s mission and vision
Proactively communicate with various constituencies inside/outside FPU to promote various initiatives
Partner with Alumni Director to deliver tangible results in alumni giving percentages
Develop new strategies for connecting donors to their passions through FPU
Spearhead activities relating to developing relationships with families (parents and grandparents) of current students to facilitate a more mature philanthropic culture
Collaborate with the fundraising team to identify key metrics to analyze
Increase segmented donor activity
Build relationships and partnerships with individuals and organizations to deliver mutual benefits for FPU and others
Assist in key events throughout the year
Utilize software to deliver fresh insights and opportunities and track engagement
Utilize best practices in fundraising and evaluation of outcomes
Develop and execute strategic fundraising plans
Build strong relationships capable of interacting with various donors
Other duties as assigned.
3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising roles preferred
Valid driver’s license and ability to travel independently throughout the Central Valley
Successful experience in settings with ethnically and culturally diverse populations
Collaborative project developer and problem-solver within department and with other offices
Strong interpersonal written and oral communication skills
Knowledge of and experience with enterprise application and/or customer relationship management software (Ellucian Colleague Advancement and/or Salesforce is preferred)
Proven expertise in working collaboratively with a diverse range of constituents staff, board, faculty, students, alumni, denominational, civic and corporate leaders, and friends of the university
Proficient in using standard office software, such as WORD, POWERPOINT, EXCEL and OUTLOOK
Strong organizational and administrative skills.
Advanced degree and/or related professional education or certificates
Actively involved in a professional organization, and well networked throughout Central Valley
Experience in a multi-site, multi-program university.
Travel throughout Central Valley at homes, offices, commercial venues (70% of the time)
Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least ninety percent (30%) of the time
Proficient at multitasking
Fulfill certain evening and weekend requirements
Public contact position requiring business-like apparel.
Indoor work environment
Perform the following, with or without reasonable accommodation stand, sit, kneel, stoop, reach, lift, grasp, finger, see (near and far) for reading and data analysis on a computer screen, hear and talk for ordinary conversation and telephone calls
Perform analytical and cognitive thinking and decision making
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
Attendance and punctuality
Travel alone between external visits
Ability to walk, sit, stand, and climb stairs. Ability to use hands and fingers, to handle office equipment, records and files. Ability to talk and hear.
Valid California driver’s license and ability to independently drive to various appointments.
Pay is based upon qualifications and experience.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.
Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.
The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.
About Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University is the Valley’s only accredited Christian university, connecting every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. Nonprofit and independent, FPU offers more than 100 areas of study to about 4,000 traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, graduate and seminary students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and throughout the Valley at regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. Our students chase big ideas and explore deep faith through more than 100 areas of study in five schools: The School of Business; the School of Natural Sciences; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the School of Education; and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies.
Since class opened in 1944, FPU has encouraged first-generation students to achieve more, while building the region’s highest four-year graduation rate. We make education accessible by providing financial aid to 98 percent of traditional undergraduates—and a four-year graduation guarantee to those who qu...alify. Not just a Hispanic-Serving Institution, FPU is among the nation’s top 10 HSIs for highest Hispanic graduation rates, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and included in U.S. News & World Report’s top tier among Regional Universities—West.
Preparing students to achieve more than they thought possible starts with faculty. More than 80 percent hold doctorates and all combine challenging scholarship with real-world application. Individual attention and contact beyond the classroom support lifelong learning through faculty-student relationships.
Fresno Pacific University—possible happens here.