The Development Officer works closely with department leadership to develop and implement effective strategy for individual major gift donor relationship management (manage, nurture, upgrade) as necessary to meet, and or exceed, short and long-term goals of the department. The primary objective of the Development Officer is to develop long-term relationships built on a firm understanding of donors’ interests, passions and values.




  • Develop effective strategic funding requests based on short, intermediate, and long-term funding goals of the University.

  • Act as primary relationship manager for prospects to reach or exceed annual funding goals.

  • Serve in the lead role for soliciting and closing major gifts.

  • Manage relationship process for individual and corporate major gift donors including briefings on prospect solicitation with Development team.

  • Successfully cultivate and expand current giving by planned gift donors and integrate planned gift objectives into individual donor requests.

  • Execute major gift materials, including briefing memos, proposals and stewardship materials.

  • Conduct individual and/or group presentations as necessary.

  • Monitor weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity to meet and/or exceed major gift revenue goals.

  • Responsible for overseeing the annuity program.

  • Track report progress for all aspects of the major donors program against measurable outcomes, analyze results, and formulate methods for improvement.

  • Track and report relationship management activity using constituent relationship management system including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current individual major donors.

  • Participate in regular department and University meetings as appropriate.

  • Ability to travel 75% of the time.

  • Perform additional job related duties as assigned by department leadership.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related area. 

  • Master’s Degree preferred.

  • CFRE preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years of related experience.

  • Demonstrated success in raising funds.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Effective teambuilding and analytical skills.

  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects and responsibilities.

  • Affinity with the overall mission of the University of Saint Mary.

  • Must be able to successfully pass required background screening as appropriate.


To Apply:


Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three current professional references to:


hr@stmary.edu (preferred method)


or mail:

Human Resources
University of Saint Mary
4100 South Fourth Street
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048