Discovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)

Kent State University   Kent, OH   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on May 17, 2023
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Discovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)


Dept of Prospect Management and Research

Kent State University

Kent, OH

To assist in the planning and implementation of Kent State University’s discovery program. Engage prospects to determine their level of philanthropic interest in Kent State. Utilizes a donor-centric approach to pre-qualify new prospects, re-engages past donors and identifies individuals with the philanthropic capacity to give $25,000 or more. Reports to designated supervisor in Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

Prospect outreach will be accomplished through a personalized approach, utilizing various channels including phone, virtual and local in-person visits. The Discovery Officer will focus on engagement and discovery of philanthropic passions through a donor-centered approach and work with philanthropic advisors across the university who will further develop these relationships through long-term cultivation and solicitation. The Discovery Officer will serve as a strategic partner in supporting all areas of the university and strengthening the future major gift pipeline at Kent State.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a marketing, communications or relevant field and one year of related experience in areas including but not limited to fundraising or sales. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.