Public research institution Michigan Technological University is hiring an advancement officer.

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Advancement Officer—Open Position

Does traveling across the United States, meeting and talking with successful Michigan Technological University alumni sound interesting? If so, read on.

Michigan Tech is looking for a dynamic, people-centric individual to assist the university with our philanthropic mission. We are looking for career minded individuals who have passion and drive to enrich the students, programs and people of Michigan Tech. Professionals who get their energy from meeting new people and engaging alums with vibrant backgrounds will flourish in the Advancement Officer position. If you want to make a difference in lives of those who will make a difference in the lives of others, please consider joining our team.

The Advancement Officer is responsible for cultivating and soliciting our alumni and friends for major and planned gifts of $25,000 and more. The Advancement officer duties will primarily involve meeting with potential university donors in a one on one setting to discuss their philanthropic vision and assisting donors to find the best match to direct their philanthropic funds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Cultivate, manage, and engage alumni in conversations regarding major and planned giving.
  • Utilizing researched data, contact and meet potential donors to determine their affinity to the university and their likelihood to provide philanthropic support to the university.
  • In collaboration with Advancement and Academic leadership, create individual cultivation and solicitation strategies for major and planned giving donor prospects.
  • Serve as a liaison to select academic departments to enhance giving opportunities within academic units across campus.
  • Collaborate with the Donor Relations Officer and University leadership to prepare written gift proposals.
  • Correspond and follow up with donors, alumni and friends regarding giving opportunities at Michigan Tech.
  • Recommend and partner with the Director of Stewardship to implement stewardship strategies for choice donors.
  • Work in partnership with other advancement officers, University faculty and staff, and Michigan Tech Fund staff.
  • Strategically establish personal performance metrics in consultation with Advancement leadership.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and/or Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year regionally accredited institution.
  • At least one year of fundraising, admissions, banking, management, sales or equivalent experience is required (student employment experience counts).
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness for frequent travel that may range between 25% and 75% of the position on any given month.
  • Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, oral, written skills with a strong service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate, prioritize and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines while multi-tasking in a fast paced travel environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a strategic and innovative thinker and effective in moving projects/assignments along.
  • A self-starter with strong organizational abilities, integrity and confidence.
  • Team player with the ability to work in a cooperative/dynamic environment (e.g. with administrators, staff, faculty, and students) and external community (e.g. with business leaders, donors and volunteers) environment.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and make strategic business decisions.
  • Ability to keep matters highly confidential and demonstrate honesty at all times.
  • Must be highly proficient with the Microsoft software suite, including Word, Excel and Power Point.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of fundraising in a university advancement environment.
  • Understanding of donor stewardship and alumni engagement.
  • Knowledge of major and planned giving.
  • Experience with Michigan Tech.
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Life in the Keweenaw

Required Training

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

  • Employee Safety Overview
  • Sexual Harassment Training
  • Annual Data Security Training

The qualifications and specifications mentioned above are intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. The position will be filled based on qualifications regardless of Race, Color, Disability, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, National Origin, Height, Weight, Age, Veteran, or Marital Status.


Campus and Community

Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw (say "Kee-Wah-Nah") Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior. The area’s waters, forests, and snowfall (218 inches annually) offer skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities. Historic downtown Houghton is active with locally owned shops, eateries, high-tech companies, music festivals, and parades. We embrace our size, climate, sense of adventure, and originality. Michigan Tech wouldn’t be the same anywhere else on earth—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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They start 93 million miles away and are right outside our door. Join our team and see them for yourself.

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Relocation Resources

Thinking of Relocating to the Keweenaw?

Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton. Of the 30 safest college towns in America, Safewise says Michigan Tech is No. 19. The area is home to 12,000 residents, and active with locally owned shops, eateries, high-tech companies, music festivals, and parades.

Students, staff, and the community enjoy the University-owned ski, snowboard, and tubing hill, golf course, and recreation trails, and other outdoor adventure opportunities the Keweenaw Peninsula offers.

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