Staff

Development Officer

Office of Institutional Advancement

Blackburn College, a private liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, Illinois, is seeking a Development Officer (Major Gifts). This role will report directly to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and will travel in their assigned territory up to 50% of the time. Additional essential job functions include:

  • Perform necessary prospect research to support the cultivation and growth of the assigned donor and donor prospect base.
  • Cultivate and solicit donors and donor prospects for gifts in support of capital, special projects and The Blackburn Fund.
  • Identify prospects for major and/or planned gift opportunities.
  • Utilize Advancement software solution (Raiser’s Edge NXT) to develop and track plans for $5,000+ prospects as well as significant annual fund prospects and donors with predominant focus on those prospects with capacity of $10,000–$25,000+gifts.
  • Manage a portfolio of up to 150 individual donors and donor prospect files including the creation and distribution of pre-call reports and call reports.
  • Manage a portfolio of up to 150 individual donors and donor prospect files including the creation and distribution of pre-call reports and call reports.
  • Provide stewardship and foster relationships among various constituencies to increase financial support along with volunteer participation.
  • Maintain up-to-date database management for all donors and prospective donors being discovered, cultivated, solicited, and stewarded by Development Officer.
  • With primary focus on solicitation and stewardship of donors, the Development Officer will work with department leadership to build and expand current participation and financial support of the donor base.
  • Through direct mail, email and personal solicitations, the Development Officer will focus on renewing and upgrading of current donors, as well as encouraging long-term relationships between the College and the donor.
  • Through direct mail, email and personal solicitations, the Development Officer will focus on renewing and upgrading of current donors, as well as encouraging long-term relationships between the College and the donor.

A Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree preferred, and at least one-year experience in not-for-profit fundraising including direct donor solicitation, or equivalent

Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.

Send resume, cover letter, an explanation of the importance of diversity and how it informs your work with students, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three current professional references to hr@blackburn.edu or Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 215, Carlinville, IL 62626. No phone calls or walk-ins. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.