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Development Officer - College of Agriculture and Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Company: Auburn
Location: Auburn
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number

Home Org Name
Constituency Development

Division Name
Senior VP, Advancement

Position Title
Development Officer - College of Agriculture and Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Job Class Code

Appointment Status

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Auburn Advancement, the College of Agriculture, and Alabama Cooperative Extension System are excited to begin the search for a Development Officer to join our development team! The ideal candidate is self-motivated, metrics driven, and possesses an innate ability to get things done. As a Development Professional, you will have the opportunity to travel extensively and conduct face-to-face visits with alumni and supporters. This position helps connect these individuals back to the College, Alabama Extension, and the University in a philanthropic way that is meaningful to them, while making an everlasting impact at Auburn University. This position is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects. The individual should be a team player who can manage their own job duties and responsibilities, but is willing to assist with special projects, initiatives, events, and other duties as necessary.

We have an opportunity to fill this position at any level. In pursuit of being the best development shop and acquiring top talent, position title and salary will be commensurate with experience. Visit our website for more information.

It is an exciting time to join Auburn Advancement which includes Operations and Strategy, Talent and Culture, Engagement, Philanthropy, and Communications. Led by Senior Vice President Robert Wellbaum, an energetic, experienced, and respected advancement leader, this newly formed organization has a vision to lead and shape the future of advancement. It embraces purpose, collaboration, innovation, and production as core values. Auburn Advancement is committed to a culture that fosters mutual respect, inclusion, accountability, and professional development. It offers a modern work environment where employees are trusted to realize their full potential and earn their pinnacle career experience.In partnership with Auburn Advancement, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) serves as the vital link between Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, and communities across all 67 counties. Through science-based educational initiatives, ACES empowers individuals, families, and communities to enhance their quality of life and economic prosperity. ACES takes the university to the people. As educators, partnering in every county, bringing practical ways to better our homes, farms, people, and communities. The research extends knowledge and improves lives.

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama's best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more!

Learn more about Auburn's impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

Essential Functions

  • Identifies potential major giving prospects for cultivations through research, initial contact ratings, peer reviews, and other relevant resources.
  • Solicits gifts through person-to-person visits, group presentations, and/or phone calls.
  • Provides stewardship to include acknowledging and showing gratitude for donating either by letter, phone call, and/or participating in/attending events and functions for donors.
  • Updates and informs supervisors and other staff of goal status, new plans, project proposals, and ensures that a cooperative team effort is made to meet goals and objectives.
  • Meet with advancement colleagues and university partners, including athletics, to discuss major donor prospects and strategy.
  • Complete and file reports of all contacts promptly through Auburn University Advancement systems and processes.
  • Assist with various fundraising activities including board meetings and special events.
  • Participate in special projects, programs, initiatives and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with key volunteer groups and boards within the college.
  • May develop campaigns and/or presentations proposals related to funding priorities to keep top prospects informed, interested, involved, and to meet advancement goals and objectives.
  • Secures an appropriate level of private support in relationship to goals.
  • The nature of this role is highly externally focused, requiring frequent travel and meetings on and off campus during regular and non-traditional business hours, and is therefore expected to operate with high levels of autonomy.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

    Development Officer I ($51, 900 - $88,200)
    Bachelor's degree plus 2 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, and/or public relations

    Development Officer II ($56,300 - $101,300)
    Bachelor's degree plus 4 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, and/or public relations

    Development Officer III ($64,700 - $116,500)
    Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, and/or public relations

    Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

    Minimum Skills and Abilities

    • Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with a diverse client base.
    • Experience calling, conducting face-to-face appointments, managing relationships, creating, and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client/donor relationship or sales-related activities.
    • Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on engaged listening, and success working in a team setting.
    • A valid motor vehicle operator's license with an acceptable driving record
    • Must be able and willing to work some weekends, evenings, and to travel.
    • Must have a commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment.

      Minimum Technology Skills

      Minimum License and Certifications

      Desired Qualifications

      Desired Qualifications

      • Previous fundraising experience with an emphasis on building a portfolio of donors or clients and closing gifts or completing a sales cycle
      • Ability to prioritize and organize complex projects and plans to deliver results
      • Ability to meet deadlines and follow through on projects
      • Solid understanding of development techniques and systems based on past performance
      • Passion and enthusiasm for the university, the mission of the foundation and assigned college unit
      • Driven and hard working

        Posting Detail Information

        Salary Range
        $51,900 - $116,500

        Job Category
        Development/Alumni Affairs

        Working Hours if Non-Traditional
        Significant travel required.

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        EEO Statement
        A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

        AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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