Development Officer

Summary:  The Development Officer is responsible for developing professional relationships with alumni, parents, friends, foundations, churches and businesses that result in support of University needs and priorities. They will be compelling in their commitment to a Christian, liberal arts education and be capable of articulating a persuasive case for support. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Advancement.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  1. Work with the Associate Vice President for Advancement to execute MBU’s next comprehensive capital campaign.
  2. Personally manage a portfolio and conduct at least 120 relationship-building donor or prospect meetings per year (may take place in-person or virtually).
  3. Build enduring relationships tracked to a fixed set of engagement metrics. 
  4. Generate gifts through strategic engagement efforts, reaching out to a constituency of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students. 
  5. Meet the assigned activity and revenue goals. 
  6. Maintain timely and accurate records of constituent communications and contacts in CRM (Raiser’s Edge/NXT). 
  7. Generate creative solutions in a manner consistent with an entrepreneurial spirit resulting in innovative ways to engage prospects in philanthropic support of the University.
  8. Work closely with the Alumni Engagement Director and Career Development Director in constituent outreach, gatherings and fundraising initiatives and provide support. 
  9. Collaborate with departments, faculty, staff, and volunteers to identify and build strategies for engagement opportunities with alumni, individuals and businesses. 
  10. Serve as an ambassador for the University and articulate its priorities and core values. 
  11. Attend University and community events/activities. 
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred. 
  2. At least three years of professional fundraising experience or professional transferable experience (i.e managing relationships with required measurable output, making calls, conducting face-to-face appointments, creating and presenting proposals, and other fundamental elements of client relationship or sales-related activities). 
  3. Understanding of the needs and interests of donors to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the donors and the University. 
  4. Demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and other private funding sources. 
  5. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with various constituencies including large groups as well as with individuals.
  6. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic with solid relationship building skills. 
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong customer service approach. 
  8. Commitment to a liberal arts education and capable of articulating a persuasive, passionate case for support. 
  9. Must have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of MBU and the desire to assist the University in achieving these goals. 
  10. Ability to represent the University with the highest degree of professionalism and positive public relations while working with various constituency groups.
  11. Maintain confidentiality. 
  12. Proficiency in MS Office and Raiser’s Edge/NXT (or comparable donor database software). 
  13. Volunteer management experience is preferred. 
  14. Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country, as assigned.
  15. Must have a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and conduct their duties consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).

Performance and Evaluation:

An annual performance review will be conducted by the Associate Vice President of University Advancement.


Salary commensurate with experience and employee is eligible to receive full-time benefits.


Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, statement of Christian faith, and resume to advancement@mobap.edu.