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Advancement Officer, Annual and Alumni Giving

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Job ID:
Job Family: Unclassified
Department: Development & Alumni Affairs
Pay Range: Low to Mid $40's

Position Information:

The Annual & Alumni Giving Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding SMU alumni with potential to provide support at the $1k-$25k level, as well as other constituents as assigned including current students, faculty & staff, and friends, and will create, in coordination with Director, a comprehensive marketing and fundraising plan to utilize reunion year and other alumni programming to maximize alumni giving potential as part of The SMU Unbridled campaign goal.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Utilize the prospect management systems to identify, cultivate, solicit, steward and maintain a portfolio of at least 150 annual giving prospects ($1K - $25,000) with the goal of ensuring consistent and increased giving while cultivating and stewarding them toward major gifts and/or volunteer roles in SMU as appropriate;
  • Personally maintain frequent contact with assigned prospects through visits, correspondence and phone and collaborate with Director and various DEA teams as needed to obtain input on developing a cohesive, comprehensive solicitation and communication strategy for prospects;
  • Coordinate with a team of Alumni and Constituent Giving to achieve and maintain a 25% annual alumni participation rate by 2015 and collaborate as needed with other teams in Development and External Affairs, including National Major Giving, Planned Giving, Endowment Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Principal Giving, Athletics Development, Program Services, the Office of the Vice President, etc., as needed to progress alumni and other constituent donors to other levels and types of giving and engagement.
  • Coordinate with other team members to identify, recruit, and support Reunion Giving Co-Chairs and train and manage committees of approximately 25-40 reunion year volunteer committee members per reunion class;
  • Generate monthly giving reports and follow-up with written, in person, and phone correspondence with Reunion Co-Chairs and reunion class volunteers as they participate in volunteer peer-to-peer solicitation strategy to achieve specific class and committee giving participation goals including 100% committee giving participation;
  • Work with Donor Relations, Research and Prospect Management, and the Records and Gift Administration Office to ensure all constituent records are maintained and up-to-date;
  • Assist in the preparation of and participate in events that serve Officers’ assigned constituencies (i.e., Homecoming, Founders Weekend, Graduation, etc.)
  • Manage/oversee execution of reunion and other Alumni and Constituent Giving events as needed (i.e. committee meetings, class parties, etc.)


Bachelor’s degree is required.  A minimum of 2 years of professional work experience is required; preferably in fundraising and/or sales in a goal-driven, team oriented and fast-paced environment. Experience working with volunteers and/or handling logistics for events is desired.  Work experience that includes using a constituent database (e.g. Blackbaud Enterprises, Raiser’s Edge) and/or utilizing online social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., is a plus.  An understanding of marketing and marketing strategies toward a fundraising or sales objective is preferred.  Some travel required.  Some evening and weekend work required.  (MOVED UP –it is a requirement)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of SMU traditions and culture is a plus.  

Candidate must demonstrate strong customer service with highly developed social, interpersonal and relationship-building skills and must be insightful, articulate, accomplished, persuasive and committed to the support of advancement.

Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.

Candidate must be able to articulate a persuasive case for annual support while developing appropriate cultivation strategies for prospects that move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.

Must possess the ability to think collaboratively, strategically and creatively.

Candidate must demonstrate strong organizational skills with the ability to work autonomously while making good business decisions. 

Candidate must demonstrate a strong proficiency with MS Word, Excel, spelling and grammar, and attention to detail.  A high level to advanced knowledge of MS Office software is required as the candidate will have limited staff support and will work extensively with Excel spreadsheets, mail merges and multiple databases.

Cover letter detailing knowledge or experiences that support the candidates’ ability to be a successful fundraiser is requested for full consideration.

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by August 27, 2014.  Deadline to Apply : September 3, 2014.  Please visit our website to apply, or submit resume and cover letter to: Search Committee, Job ID 900644, P.O. Box 750232, Dallas, TX 75275-0232.