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Senior Development Officer

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Title Senior Development Officer
Requisition Number STFR003287
Division/College University Advancement
Interdisciplinary Division/College
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Grade 13
Posting Date 09/19/2017

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Senior Development Officer (SDO) is responsible for collaborating with colleagues in all colleges to identify major gift prospects and develop comprehensive solicitation strategies that are donor-centric and will maximize each individual’s support of the university.

The Senior Development Officer will manage a portfolio of 125-150 select prospects, including alumni, friends, parents, and university leaders, with a focus on raising $100K to $999K+ gifts. The SDO will identify new prospects, make discovery and qualification calls, establish cultivation and solicitation strategies, and ask for gifts. S/he will build and enhance constituents’ relationships with the respective college/department at Northeastern, involving them strategically in special programs and events, and connecting them to other university leaders and supporters. The SDO will create and lead new initiatives that provide meaningful and substantive engagement opportunities for these individuals.

Candidates should have a proven track record in soliciting and closing major gifts, and be able to demonstrate successful relationship building with institutional leaders.


- Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters preferred
- At least 7 years of progressive fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, with a proven ability to raise funds
- Knowledge or experience in the field of social sciences and/or humanities a plus
- Ability to manage and facilitate an intense workload and produce quality results in a fast-paced environment. – Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency
- Must be proactive, anticipate problems, be resourceful and work effectively with colleagues and external constituents at all levels
- Strong interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with external (donors, prospects, trustees) and internal (deans, faculty, staff, colleagues) constituents
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Highly collaborative in approach
- Ability to exercise good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material
- Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Must be able to travel frequently (including overnight and weekends)

Additional Information

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Pending