Discovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)

Kent State University

Discovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)

  • Institution: Kent State University
  • Location: Kent, OH US

Discovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)

  • Kent State University | Kent, OH US
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: July 01, 2023
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Job TitleDiscovery Officer (Major Gifts/Philanthropy)

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Staff

Salary Range $ $45,000 - $55,000

Location Kent, OH US

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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.

Knowledge Of:

Higher education fundraising
Direct mail, email, social media and database applications *
Marketing and communication principles and practices *

Skill In:

Written, verbal, interpersonal communication *
Utilizing Microsoft Office Suite and content management systems *
Organizing information and projects; adhering to deadlines *

Ability To:

Raise funds *
Manage projects *
Work independently and as part of a team *
Multi-task while managing multiple projects and assignments *

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Diversity Statement
Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world.

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