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Development Officer, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

ASU Foundation
Job Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Development and Fundraising

Development Officer - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking an Development Officer - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Development Officer will support the philanthropic potential of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Development Officer will be responsible for securing gifts from $1,000 - $10,000 and contributing to the growth of the Cronkite School's annual and major gift donor pipeline. The Development Officer will report to the Cronkite School's Director of Development and will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and performance metrics consistent with the programs and prospects assigned.

What you'll do:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donor prospects, securing philanthropic gifts in the $1,000 - $10,000 range 
  • Develop and execute customized strategies that leverage the donor prospect's interests, connects them to giving opportunities and results in invitations to philanthropically support key initiatives and ongoing needs at the Cronkite School
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills and produce tailored proposals, budgets and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic gifts
  • Partner with cross-functional teams, including alumni relations, communications, and events to advance the engagement of Cronkite School alumni, parents, faculty and staff and other constituencies
  • Support the design and execution of annual giving appeals and year-round stewardship campaigns
  • Support the engagement of the Cronkite School's Endowment Board of Trustees through committee and volunteer management and individual donor prospect strategies
  • Assist in the development planning and execution of the Cronkite School's annual signature fundraising event, the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism
  • Use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system (Salesforce) to record and coordinate contacts and proposals
  • Coordinate special projects under the direction of the director of development
  • Other duties as assigned

What you'll need:

  • An advocate's belief in the mission of the Cronkite School and the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing and by phone
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans 
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • Ability to prepare collateral materials
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems

Relevant qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years successful related development experience, preferably in higher education. 

Mental demands:

Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects or deadlines.

Working conditions:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. This position may require some early mornings and evenings to accommodate meetings and events. This position will have the ability to work from home at times. Schedule will be determined upon hire.

ASUEP follows federal guidance which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, except in limited circumstances in which an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.

Working equipment:

This position will require a Surface/laptop computer, desk telephone, and mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement), corporate credit card and business cards.

ASU Enterprise Partners and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that is firmly committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within our organization and throughout our sphere of influence. Because we embrace a spirit of innovation and achievement, we will endeavor to maximize the talent and potential of all employees, directors, and volunteers through bold and strategic action aimed at building success and a sense of belonging. All employees are expected to act in good faith to support these actions and to not impede the efforts of others to build a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization.

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