The College of Science provides a core instructional role at Oregon State University, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land, sea, space, and sun-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical, mathematical, statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation.
The successful candidate will be expected to devote 85% of work time to fundraising activities and 15% of work time to administrative responsibilities.
The location for this position can be the OSU Foundation’s Corvallis or Portland, Oregon office.
Partners for this position include the Foundation’s major gift officers, annual giving, planned giving, marketing/communications, gift accounting and finance teams, along with College external relations team.
Measures of Success
Meet agreed upon annual goal for direct contacts with potential major gift donors and donors
Meet agreed upon annual goal for number of proposals to potential major gift donors
Personally cultivate and secure $250,000 to $500,000 in countable gifts/pledges
Working closely with assigned foundation and academic leadership to advance the philanthropic priorities of the college:
Manage a portfolio of 175-250 donors and potential donors rated at $25,000 and above.
Raise $250,000 - $500,000 dollars per year, as measured by commitments of $2,500+.
Open 15-45 proposals per year.
Close 10 – 30 gifts of $2,500+ per year.
Conduct 120-140 face-to-face visits per year, focused on major gift pipeline development and the engagement, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors.
Collaborate with college/university external relations colleagues to broaden and deepen the engagement of alumni, parents and friends.
Travel from Corvallis/Portland frequently.
Conduct 3-5 visits per travel day.
Perform related administrative duties, including contact reports, budget management, coordinating engagement activities, and setting up donor visits.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experience in donor cultivation and engagement
Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to articulate a strong and compelling case for support
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships with colleagues at the Foundation, OSU Alumni Association, Our Beaver Nation and the university
Capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions appropriately, and to handle interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Ability to effectively represent the interests and fundraising priorities of various colleges/units, while also maintaining a high degree of enterprise perspective by acting in the best interests of the foundation and the university at all times
Strategic, hardworking, and able to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
Ability to apply creative and entrepreneurial thinking, while applying sound judgment and conducting oneself with integrity
Ability to approach work assuming the best of intentions from Foundation and campus colleagues
Physical Requirements / Work Environment
Stand, sit, talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard
Close vision requirements due to computer work
Light to moderate lifting may be required
Ability to uphold the stress of traveling by various modes of transportation occasionally requiring overnight and/or weekend stays
Regular, predictable attendance required; may require working on the weekends, after business operating hours or attending events
Moderate noise (i.e. work colleagues, business office with computers, phones, and printers)
Sit at a computer for an extended period of time
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of development work experience, ideally in higher education. Education and experience equivalencies will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate successful middle-to-major gift fundraising experience. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, and must be able to travel by varying modes of transportation.
OSU Foundation and Alumni Association Core Values
We strive to be one of the best places to work in the country. We know that our success depends in large part on the people who carry out our mission. It’s what we do –and how we do it -- that makes the difference. Our core values reflect our approach to work and to each other, and we are committed to conduct consistent with these values.
To create a better world by inspiring support of – and for – Oregon State University.
We partner with Oregon State University to engage our community, inspire investment, and steward resources to enhance the university’s excellence and impact.
collaborative · responsible · respectful · inclusive · innovative
The OSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1947 and governed by a 42-person Board of Trustees. On December 31, 2014, the Foundation concluded The Campaign for OSU, the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, in which more than 106,000 donors made gifts exceeding $1.1 billion to advance university priorities. The powerful momentum generated by their support has fueled Oregon State's rise as an internationally recognized public research university. Fundraising efforts are now focused on targeted special initiatives that advance OSU's strategic plan for creating transformative student learning experiences and building on its greatest strengths and areas of greatest potential impact, such as marine studies and advanced wood products.
The Foundation works with university partners ...to:
Raise funds in excess of $100 million per year that support the university's priorities
Cultivate and steward a culture of philanthropy for the Oregon State community
Manage an endowment of more than $500 million
Engage alumni in service to the university
Affiliates and Associates
The OSU Foundation maintains a close partnership with several associated and affiliated organizations that also support the mission of Oregon State University. While associated organizations are separately incorporated, the financial activity of both associates and affiliates flows through the OSU Foundation financial system.