Reporting to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Development Officer will be responsible for strategically identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from foundations, corporate foundations, and corporations. The position will manage a portfolio of institutional donors, with a focus on securing major gifts ($50,000 and above) from foundations to support a wide variety of programs, capital projects, and colleges at Loyola Marymount University as determined by the Executive Director and leadership. This position will partner with colleagues in Major Gifts, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, and Principal Gifts and Gift Planning to develop coordinated strategies for approaching donors with multiple touchpoints. The Director will serve as an internal resource for faculty and as a visible representative of Loyola Marymount University with donors and other external partners.
Typically a Bachelor's Degree and an advanced degree or relevant certification (e.g., CFRE) is preferred. The incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading his or her skills, knowledge and abilities through ongoing professional development.
Minimum five years of experience in development, with at least three years of experience specifically in foundation fundraising. The candidate should have a track record of success in securing five- and six-figure gifts from foundations in positions of increasing responsibility.
Exemplary written and oral communication skills, including the ability to translate complex technical concepts into persuasive grant proposals and effectively communicate the vision, mission, and programs of Loyola Marymount University to external stakeholders. Ability to analyze statistics and present data in accessible formats within donor materials.
Strong organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to set priorities, bring projects to completion, and meet multiple deadlines with a high degree of autonomy.
Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with a successful track record of engaging donors and strengthening donor relationships.
Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
Willingness to travel and work occasional weekends and evenings.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software is required and past use of donor databases (Advance, Raiser's Edge or an equivalent system) is highly preferred.
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.