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Job Summary

UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with nearly 10,000 students, outstanding faculty and staff as well as beautiful facilities and grounds. We are proud of our 50+ year history: UM-Dearborn was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan in 1959. Ford Motor Company gave the University of Michigan approximately 200 acres, including beautiful grounds along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus' first four buildings. The campus was initially established with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school, with some master's level graduate programs. Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs.

The Development Associate provides a high-level of program support to the University of Michigan-Dearborn development team. The development associate will work closely with the assistant vice chancellor and other development staff to support prospect management, research, reporting, analytics, database maintenance, and other special projects as assigned.


Information Services - 50%

  • Conduct prospect research and prepare briefing materials for events, donor meetings and strategy sessions
  • Compile invitation lists and support material for campus visits, events, and other meetings
  • Maintain constituent information in database including special data projects
  • Maintain prospect management process within database
  • Prepare standard and custom reports
  • Prepare report analytics to support development and campaign efforts
  • Represent department as the database unit liaison
  • Collaborate with Office of University Development (OUD) teams to create new measurement tools and processes as needed
  • Recommend and implement best practices for research, reporting, and analytics
  • Assist with gift processing when necessary
  • Stay updated on industry best practices and use to make recommendations for initiatives moving forward

Development Officer Support – 25%

  • Support development officers with prospect development and portfolio management process
  • Provide assistance in coordinating work with other development staff and senior leadership
  • Ensure optimal gift officer performance data and run gift officer metrics reports

Administrative Support – 25%

  • General administrative support duties may include: maintain and coordinate calendars, schedule group meetings, maintain prospect tracking reports, and other routine tasks to keep the effort organized, including filing, running reports, and drafting letters
  • Represent IA in the community and campus events
  • Provide backup administrative and front desk support to institutional advancement (IA) areas as needed including functional and administrative supervision over temporary/work study students
  • Manage special projects as assigned by senior leadership
  • Perform other duties and activities as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent education and experience
  • Two to five years of professional experience
  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to development as a career path
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Considerable knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Ability to work with all levels of constituents, and operate in a fast-paced, customer service and detail-oriented environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines, and to display mature judgment while operating in a flexible and professional manner
  • Discretion when dealing with highly sensitive information and a focus on customer service are essential
  • An appreciation for a rigorous academic, student-centered and inclusive environment, coupled with a familiarity with the complexities and politics of the university setting

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in administrative or development support
  • Experience in working with complex alumni/donor databases
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.