Under the general supervision of the athletic director or associate athletic director, the fundraising specialist works to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from corporations and foundations. Also, they provide leadership and coordination to the campus in approaching corporations and foundations for major gifts, working closely with deans and development colleagues and communicating actively with the campus community.
Through their collaboration, the fundraising specialist brokers relationships that will leverage and maximize corporate and foundation giving to the university or college. They also develop and implement fundraising strategies for a portfolio of prospects and donors, managing the solicitation process, from identification and staffing of the appropriate solicitor, to the preparation of compelling oral and written proposals, to the maintenance of effective relationships with booster supporters over time.
Qualifications. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years experience in higher education or equivalent public sector work, including a successful track record in fund raising from corporations and foundations. Also, demonstrated organizational skills, skills in diplomacy, consensus building, leadership, analysis and strategic planning are essential for fundraisers. An understanding of the dynamics of corporate and foundation giving and ability to relate well to respective leaders and an ability to manage a portfolio of major prospects, primarily foundations and corporations are both central to success at raising money.
Salary Ranges. Ranges from, entry level as low as $20,000, an average of – $50,000, to the top – $90,000.