Development Officer

University of Puget Sound in Washington

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 30, 2012
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

University of Puget Sound


Development Officer


Closing Date:

Open Until Filled



Appointment Status

This is a full-time regular position starting as soon as possible.




University Relations, Office of




The development officer engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards alumni, parents, and friends who have the capacity to make a gift of $35,000 or more to the University of Puget Sound. Working directly with colleagues in the offices of alumni relations, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, and research, the development officer serves as a member of the capital giving team and reports to the director of capital giving. The development officer will:


- Solicit alumni, parents, and friends for current and deferred endowment and facilities commitments of $35,000 or more for identified Puget Sound fundraising objectives;

- Solicit gifts, as appropriate, for the Puget Sound Alumni, Parent, and Friends Funds in coordination with colleagues in the Office of Annual Giving;

- Develop written engagement and solicitation strategies for all assigned prospects with capacity ratings of $100,000 or more;

- Move prospective donors through the traditional cultivation and solicitation cycle with appropriate deliberate speed;

- Promote, discuss, and illustrate planned giving opportunities with appropriate prospective donors;

- Complete 150 planned contacts (90 percent of which will take the form of face-to-face visits) per year with assigned capital giving prospects;

o All contacts will serve to move potential donors closer to making a major commitment to the university or be related to stewardship after a commitment's documentation;

o Twenty-five percent of contacts, 37, will contain solicitation components; and

o Ninety percent of solicitations, 33 of 37, will be closed through the receipt of a definitive response by the prospective donor.

- Document the results of all substantive contacts with constituents via contact reports; and

- Represent the University of Puget Sound in a consistently professional and ethical manner.




The development officer should possess the following qualifications and skills:

- Experience in fund raising, preferably at a liberal arts institution;

- A proven record of successful face-to-face major gift solicitation;

- Significant experience working productively with alumni and parent volunteers;

- The ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends of the university;

- The ability to work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations;

- Highly developed computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as constituent relations software such as Sage Millennium;

- The willingness and ability to travel frequently;

- Excellent organizational and planning skills as well as superior attentiveness to detail; and

- A bachelor's degree.



Application Deadline Information

Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. 


About Puget Sound

Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college. 


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