Development Specialist - Special Gifts Officer
University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

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Purpose of Position

Austin, Texas-based entry level Gift Officer position responsible for collaborating with McCombs development colleagues and volunteers to develop and implement plans for soliciting special gifts, ranging from one thousand dollars to fifty thousand dollars from prospective donors within the State of Texas.

Essential Functions

In conjunction with more senior development officers, develop and execute effective strategies for soliciting special gift prospects. Ask for gifts as part of a team and/or personally, or facilitate asking of prospects by influential individuals such as volunteers and academic leaders. Learn to identify prospects for special giving by extensive analysis of constituent databases, volunteer prospect review and personal visits to prospects. Cultivate and involve prospects by developing personal relationships and making repeat personal visits. Develop timely reports, letters, proposals and or gift agreements. In conjunction with more senior development staff, establish and monitor appropriate team goals and metrics in the annual planning process and achieve those goals through professional leadership. Actively and respectfully participate in the prospect coordination and management process. Provide stewardship to donors regarding their gifts and effectively communicate the impact of their support. Recruit and staff volunteers and volunteer committees.

Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving
Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License
within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned. Must be able to travel days, evenings and weekends when necessary.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree. One year of experience in specialized development work or in a related field. Minimum of two years of fundraising experience or three years in the development profession. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment as well as independently. Must be able to travel to visit prospects and donors across the state. Experience working with confidential information. Demonstrated organizational skills. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated success in making appointments with new prospects. Demonstrated attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to use a personal computer, with a proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

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Preferred Qualifications

Experience in individual prospect identification and solicitation. Experience working with internal and external constituents, including faculty, administrators, parents, foundations and corporate leaders, and the business community. Knowledge of the Texas philanthropic market with an emphasis on Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Experience with executing small and large special events.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Use of manual dexterity

Must be able to travel days, evenings and weekends when necessary.

Security sensitive; conviction verification
conducted on applicant selected.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement
System of Texas (


), subject to the
position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment
Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present
acceptable and original


to prove your identity and
authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be
presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do
so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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