Development Officer - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Development Officer

Position:  Development Officer

Job Summary: Self-motivated individual with a proven track record in fundraising. This position reports to the Executive Director. Primary areas of responsibility include solicitation and stewardship of mid-level, major and planned gift donors. Full Time.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Executive Director to prepare the annual individual fundraising plan, including revenue goals and specific measurable objectives, tactics and timetables.
  • Execute fundraising plan and drive increased income from individual donors
  • Build and manage a portfolio of 100 to 150 donors and donor prospects. 
  • Travel extensively (up to 50%, primarily in state) to establish, nurture and grow donor relationships with the end goal of proposing and closing mid-level and major gifts.
  • Write donor correspondence, contact reports, proposals, and stewardship communication.
  • Steward donor relationships and provide ongoing communication with donors regarding the impact of their support.
  • Collaborate with County and State 4-H Staff to identify funding opportunities and understand program impact.
  • Evening and weekend work may be required.


Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and three to five years professional experience in any of the following areas: major gift fundraising, non-profit work, sales, communications, or other related field. 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Understanding of and commitment to, donor-centered philanthropy principles to develop and sustain relationships with individual donors
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills to connect with donors, stakeholders and staff
  • Committed work ethic and ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Ability to multi-task, manage, and organize multiple initiatives
  • Familiarity with using data to make fundraising decisions
  • Ability to use a variety of software applications, familiarity with Raisers Edge preferred
  • Creativity, patience, and a sense of humor 
  • Familiarly with and affinity for the 4-H Program or similar youth development organizations

Compensation: Salary range: $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience. Health, Dental, 401k

Special Conditions

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the Iowa 4-H Foundation's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, and may include the completion of a background check.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following items to the contact listed below:

1) Resume
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for three references

Emily Saveraid, Executive Director
Iowa 4-H Foundation / 515.294.1552

For full consideration, submit application by March 1. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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