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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This Leadership Annual Giving Officer position's primary focus is on fundraising for UM Flint's College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Leadership Annual Giving Officer must be results-oriented with professional characteristics that include leadership, commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, team-orientation, attention to detail, and sensitivity to the stewardship of long-term relationships. The candidate selected for hire must be able to travel, and work occasional evenings and weekends.


Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership annual fund donors; conduct discovery and solicitation visits; manage portfolio; create and coordinate mailings, emails, phone calls -- with a focus on the arts and sciences.

Working with the Annual Giving Officer Senior: Research and analyze data to identify prospects; contact and schedule prospects for appointments; educate prospects about School/College priorities; and secure leadership annual fund gifts ($250 to $5,000).  Create direct mail, e-mail and phone script solicitations as needed for School/College priorities.  Assist with coordination of initiatives such as Giving Blueday.  Analyzing data to grow new audiences and giving.

Special projects which may include: identify and support fundraising efforts in the School/College, e.g. alumni projects, parent initiatives.

Other duties as assigned.

Ultimately, this position will be responsible for engaging alumni, donors, and other members of the community in philanthropic support of the university.  Success will be measured by dollars raised and alumni engaged.  This position is highly collaborative and will work with the Annual Giving team, University Advancement data team, major gift officers, and School/College deans.

Examples of work performed:

  • Manage a portfolio of individuals with the capacity to make gifts of $250 to $5,000;
  • Working with the annual giving team, formulate appropriate next steps for leadership annual giving prospects, such as recommending further engagement through other programs, recommending a major gifts officer to foster the relationships, etc.;
  • Work with the annual giving officer senior and major gift officers to identify opportunities to cultivate and steward donors affiliated with schools and colleges;
  • Define clear strategies for increasing alumni participation rates, both overall and amongst segments with potential;
  • Serve as a resource to evaluate and make recommendations for successful school, unit, or boutique annual giving initiatives;
  • Collaborates with colleagues in University Advancement to ensure that communication with stakeholders is effective and fundraising is maximized;
  • Contributes to documentation and analysis of annual giving and engagement metrics;
  • Solicits and assesses donor and alumni feedback and conducts best practices reviews of leadership annual giving at other institutions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 2-3 years of annual fund or related experience;
  • Knowledge of the principles of fundraising, donor acquisition, donor retention, and stewardship;
  • Experience with direct mail, telemarketing, internet marketing, statistical analysis, strategic planning, market research, annual budget planning, project management, print production;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work independently and function in a team environment;
  • Dedication to providing excellent customer service;
  • Ability to interact effectively within the University Advancement division, as well as with other members of the campus community and external constituents;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and databases;
  • Ability to maintain and analyze accurate and detailed records/reports;
  • Ability to handle confidential donor information and make good decisions regarding use of such information;
  • Ability to communicate with prospects/donors in an appropriate manner in written, oral, and personal communication;
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize work.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree
  • Familiarity with and success in complex environment, such as a public university.
  • 2-3 years of fund-development or related role in a higher education setting and/or nonprofit donor retention program;
  • Proven fundraising track record;
  • Experience managing projects and donors;
  • Knowledge and experience working in a Customer Relations Management (CRM) system;
  • Working knowledge of University organizational policies, rules, regulations;
  • Passion for the University of Michigan-Flint.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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