Associate Development Officer

Southwestern College   Wichita, KS   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 7, 2022

Associate Development Officer

Job Summary
The Associate Development Officer (ADO) is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors supporting the Builder Fund as well as major gift prospects at the $10,000 + level.  As part of the major gifts team, the ADO will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The ADO will provide strategic assistance to the Advancement team, President, and senior members of the administration as an essential function of this position.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 120-150 planned and major gift prospects/donors with a goal to increase the number of major gifts.
  • Conduct at least 10-15 face-to-face visits with donors and prospects per month (extensive travel required).
  • Serve as a key member of the fundraising team and actively participate in developing strategies to achieve overall fundraising goals for financial support and alumni participation.
  • Work closely with members of the SC administration, faculty, and staff to guide the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor relationships.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for major and planned giving proposal approval and development of gift agreements.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement to prepare proposals and illustrations of life income and estate gift arrangements.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the Office of Marketing and Communications to increase awareness of major, planned, and leadership annual gifts through press releases and feature stories in the Southwesterner magazine, the College website, social media, and print publications.
  • ADO will maintain professional affiliations and continue to enhance his/her knowledge in the development and alumni relations field by keeping abreast of the latest information and trends in major gift fundraising, including deferred giving techniques, estate planning, and tax laws.
  • Propose and develop regional events that are integrated with major gift efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-3 years experience in development, sales, marketing, customer service, or relationship-building-related fields.
  • Manage multiple tasks, and be detail-oriented.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Be comfortable working in an environment where fundraising metrics play an essential role in annual performance evaluations.
  • Must be capable of working with sensitive information with complete confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge, understanding, and appreciation Southwestern College is valued.
  • Regional and national travel is required.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekend hours is required.
  • Ability to represent Institutional Advancement professionally.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable.

A competitive compensation package will be offered for this position based upon the successful review of the candidate’s education, skills, experience, and potential for contribution toward the success of Southwestern College.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and the complete contact information for three (3) professional references to Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a candidate is selected.

Southwestern is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation. The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check. Southwestern College is an EEO/AA employer.