Development Officer I (College of Veterinary Medicine)

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Auburn University
Montgomery County, AL
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 22, 2021
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Position Details

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Home Org Name

Development HR Employment

Division Name

Vice President for Development

Position Title

Development Officer I (College of Veterinary Medicine)

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Office of Development and the College Veterinary Medicine (CVM) seek a Development Officer who can strategically and diplomatically work with prospects and donors, colleagues, high-level administrators, volunteer leaders, corporations and foundations, and other constituents to secure philanthropic support for the College. The ideal candidate brings a collaborative spirit, energy and professionalism. She or he should demonstrate strong, proven multi-tasking skills and sound judgment in seeking major gifts -those over $25,000. The Development Officer will report to the Director of Development for the CVM.

The CVM at Auburn University is a community of 500-plus healthcare professionals-veterinarians, researchers, veterinary residents, veterinary technicians, and affiliated staff-as well as other professionals whose work furthers the day-to-day operation of a world-class teaching, clinical, and research organization. At the heart of our program is our professional student body-510 who are pursuing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and approximately 100 who are pursuing either master's or PhD degrees in biomedical sciences.

The College comprises two basic science departments-Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; and Pathobiology-as well as a Department of Clinical Sciences, which is staffed by a full roster of both large animal and small animal specialists and radiology/imaging professionals. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital serves nearly 30,000 patients per year, and represents the largest and most comprehensive academic outreach program on the Auburn University campus. Additionally, the College is home to a set of strong research units which contribute new knowledge in their respective areas of science: the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, which addresses inherited diseases in dogs and cats; the Boshell Diabetes Research Program; and the Canine Performance Sciences Program, which collaborates with both the governmental and private sector to address safety and security issues through innovative canine detection. One other popular branch of our College, the Southeastern Raptor Center, offers further opportunities for fundraising through its popular mission.

The Development Officer will travel frequently throughout Alabama and the Southeast, building relationships, cultivating prospective donors, and asking for major gifts from, primarily, three groups of constituents: graduates of the college; corporations whose interests align with the work of the CVM; and with "grateful clients," whose animals-large and small-have benefited from healthcare provided by Auburn clinical specialists.

Essential Functions

1. Identifies potential prospects for cultivation for major gifts over $25,000 through research, initial contact ratings, peer reviews and other relevant resources.

2. Solicits gifts through person-to-person visits, virtual visits, and/or phone contacts.

3. Provides stewardship to include acknowledging and showing gratitude for donating either by letter, phone call, and/or personally participating in events and functions that engage donors.

4. Develops campaigns and/or presentation proposals related to funding priorities in order to keep top prospects informed, interested, involved and to meet development goals and objectives.

5. Secures an appropriate level of private support as reflected in accepted metrics and goals.

6. Updates and informs supervisors and other staff of goal status, new plans and project proposals, and ensures that a cooperative team effort is made to meet goals and objectives.

7. Develops reports, records, and programs and analyzes information necessary to plan and complete projects and assignments.

8. May produce or assist in producing marketing materials to support development efforts.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

No specific discipline.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, and/or public relations.

The candidate should possess a proactive approach to relationship building, both within and outside the university, including the ability to initiate conversations with alumni and friends. The candidate selected for this position should have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse stakeholders and possess superior interpersonal and communications skills including public speaking and persuasive writing.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Excellent organizational skills; the desire and ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team-based environment; and the ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives which include targets for fundraising goals are required. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work some weekends and evenings, and to travel extensively.

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Years of Experience

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Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver's License

Desired Qualifications

The candidate should have demonstrated success in fundraising or engagement activities at a major research university; ability to thrive in a complex, dynamic, demanding environment, and to manage competing priorities; and strong organizational, strategic, analytical, and project management skills.

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Salary Range

$51,900 - $86,400

Job Category

Development/Alumni Affairs

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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