National Agricultural Alumni Development Association

Development Officer - College of Ag & Life Sciences

Iowa State University Foundation
Ames, Iowa, United States
30+ days ago


As one of our Development Officers on the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences team, you will meet frequently with current and potential donors face-to-face in their home, office, farm, at events, on campus, or hosting at a restaurant or coffee shop. Working each day to connect donors’ philanthropic interests with campus priorities, you will blend your professional knowledge, relationship management skills, and talent with philanthropic strategies. The development officer will play a key role on the development team to help identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts to the college.

The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Iowa State University is a world-class learning and research community that seeks to educate future leaders, conduct innovate research in agriculture and life sciences, and share knowledge that advances the well-being of Iowans and people worldwide.

Based on qualifications and experience, a selected candidate may hold one of these job titles:  Assistant Director of Development, Associate Director of Development, or Director of Development. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Work as an active team member to develop strategies to achieve short and long-term goals for fundraising priorities.
  • Plan and manage a deliberate sequence of interactions with each prospect, intended to build engagement and ultimately to present gift proposals.
  • Build and manage a portfolio of 100 to 125 assigned prospects. You will develop new prospect relationships while engaging with previous and current donors. Working with campus and foundation teams, you will partner with our research team and identify prospects capable of making major gifts of $100,000 or greater.
  • Travel extensively (up to 50%) to establish and nurture long-lasting, strong donor relationships with the end goal of proposing and closing major gift donations.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with all levels of college administration, faculty, staff, donors, and foundation development teams on a variety of donor-centered tasks and activities including foundation and college special events.
  • Communicate in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes. You will write donor correspondence, contact reports and proposals, and provide briefings on program status. You will also communicate the foundation’s role and donor’s wishes to key campus and foundation staff.


Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years professional experience in any of the following areas: major gift fundraising, non-profit work, higher education, sales, communications, wealth management, or other related field. You must also have demonstrable skills in persuasive speaking and influencing others. 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Ability to achieve ambitious goals. You should have a remarkable track record for leading successful initiatives with measurable results. 
  • Savvy relationship-building and leadership skills and be an excellent communicator. You should be articulate and persuasive with diplomacy and tact to represent the foundation to multiple constituents, donors, and campus leadership.
  • Problem-solving skills and resourcefulness. You can champion donor-centeredness by understanding the desires of the donors and creating simple solutions.
  • Collaborative style, ability, and desire to work in a team-based environment, a dedicated work ethic, and a positive and professional attitude.
  • Ability to multi-task, manage, and organize multiple initiatives.
  • Ability to use a variety of software applications.
  • Creativity, patience, a sense of humor and a belief in our organizational mission of: Aligning donor passion and generosity to advance Iowa State University’s land grant ideals.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57250672
  • Location:
    Ames, Iowa, United States
  • Position Title: Development Officer - College of Ag & Life Sciences
  • Company Name: Iowa State University Foundation
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: 25-50%

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