Utah State University

Development Officer

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/16/2022 6:56 PM)
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# of Openings
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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University Advancement
Institutional Development
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


University Advancement is hiring Development Officers for the College of Science and the Quinney College of Natural Resources.  The positions will be hired at one of three levels - please see the Qualifications section below.  The Development Officer provides overall guidance and management of the college/unit major gifts program and team. This position is responsible for the college/unit overall acquisition of philanthropic gifts and evaluating gift officer performance. The Development Officer enhances the performance of other fundraisers by helping them develop fundraising competencies, providing feedback and perspective on their fundraising approach/methods and coaching them to realize their optimal performance. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Collegiate Development, the Development Officer is the key liaison to the college/unit dean or director. There are two positions available, one for the College of Science and one for Quinney College of Natural Resources.

As a development leader on the USU development team, the Development Officer is highly collaborative, committed to a culture of excellence, demonstrates advanced fundraising competencies and helps sustain USU’s fundraising success and growth through their leadership.

This position requires extensive public contact with high-level alumni, donors and volunteers. Travel is required.


Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the day-to-day planning and oversight of the college/unit development team and drive fundraising activity related to major gift portfolios.
  • Develop and implement both annual and long-range goals, objectives and strategies to maximize private support through various sources (individuals, corporations, foundations and planned giving vehicles) for individual colleges/units.
  • Lead staff, including team member recruitment, retention, performance management, coaching and development. Supervise the activities of college/unit gift officers. Facilitate professional development of staff to feed the talent pipeline by utilizing internal and external resources.
  • Collaborate with USU leaders and development peers to link donors’ passions with USU priorities and ensure a gratifying gift and/or engagement experience.  
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects for both the college and the university, emphasizing collaboration and high-level major gifts
  • Create and maintain an effective rapport with the dean and other college leaders. Coordinate with the dean to guide strategic development activities and consult with stakeholders to ensure college/unit goals are attained.
  • Utilize the suite of advancement resources to provide regular individual and team progress reports on gift officer and unit performance. Ensure all team members complete contacts/proposals in a timely manner.
  • Partner with prospect analytics and research, the principal gift workgroup and campaign operations to identify new donor opportunities, analyze team performance, implement effective practices and coordinate donor/campaign engagement for college/unit prospects.
  • Travel to key markets and regions to engage alumni, submit proposals, and steward donors.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


The positions will be hired at one of three possible levels:

  • For Associate Director (Development Officer II):
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus one year of experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • For Director (Development Officer III):
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus three years of experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • One year experience in fundraising or a transferable field. 
  • For Senior Director (Development Officer Senior):
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus five years of experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Three years experience in fundraising or a transferable field.
  • Demonstrated experience building successful, productive and collaborative relationships with top university administrators, deans and board members.
  • Demonstrated experience staffing dean’s councils, advisory boards and committees.
  • Supervisory and coaching experience of professional staff.
  • Willingness and ability to travel; evening and weekend work is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced academic degree.
  • Experience with capital campaigns.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to have complex gift conversations and a track record of closing gifts or negotiating contracts.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as analytical, research and management skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the use of information technology to support advancement programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with donors, volunteers, and staff members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to position the Dean of the College to maximize her/his potential as a fundraiser.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, staff) from diverse backgrounds.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1.  Resume to be uploaded to the Candidate Profile

2.  Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Division of Advancement is a welcoming office where inclusiveness and teamwork are highly valued. Advancement staff are engaged in the meaningful work of securing private financial resources to fuel Utah State University's mission by creating gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU's generous and passionate alumni and friends. Comprising the division are the office of the Vice President, the USU Foundation & Board, Advancement Services, the Alumni Association (Alumni Engagement), Gift Planning, Corporations and Foundations, Strategic Communications, the Annual Fund and ACE (Alumni Center for Engagement). Furthermore, the division coordinates all fundraising efforts across campus, including colleges, various programs, extension campuses, and USU Athletics. Through the collaboration of these units, the Division of Advancement is able to achieve significant annual fundraising goals by inspiring stakeholders to invest their time and resources in Utah State University. 


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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