Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 22-Jun-2020 to 21-Jul-2020
  • - Martin University
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The Development Specialist reports to the Director of Development to help achieve the goals within the department. The Development Specialist is responsible for all administrative operations and support of the Development Office. The Specialist will work closely with our current donors and help grow the catalog of donors consisting of small to mid-range gifts.    This position will help cultivate and ensure that our fundraising efforts are in align with the vision and mission of Martin University. They will assist in maintaining donor and volunteer relations to achieve a strategic, student-centered approach to compliance in support of the University's mission and to integrate compliance with the academic programs of the University.
About Martin University:
Martin University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts institution that prides itself in providing a student-centered environment. The University offers both theoretical and experiential learning experiences.
Marking its 40th year in 2017, Martin University is Indiana's only Predominantly Black Institution of higher education. It is steeped in a history of service and open to a diverse population of students.
Rev. Father Boniface Hardin, O.S.B. and Sister Jane Schilling founded Martin University in 1977 in honor of two Martins - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and St. Martin de Porres, who served the poor in Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries and became the first bi-racial Catholic saint.

This position does not supervise others. 
1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and/or foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with MU Development performance targets.  
2. Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with the staff, faculty, development colleagues, and appropriate board members and/or other constituents to maximize the total strategic plan.  
3. Assists and/or leads in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fund-raising goals and objectives.
4. Coordinates day-to-day development strategies and activities to ensure their integration into the University's overall development program.
5. Makes effective use of the University's prospect management database and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects, alumni, and volunteers in coordination with University objectives.
6. Conducts research to identify prospects and creates strategies to match prospects' interests to the priorities of the unit and the University.
7. Researches, writes, edits, and/or assists in the preparation of persuasive, accurate, and grammatically and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports, correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support of the fund-raising activities.
8. Assist the Director of Development in performing the following duties as listed:
  a. Maintain accuracy in physical and electronic donor files, including:
    i. Entering donor information as needed;
    ii. Processes monetary and in-kind gifts daily in Bloomerang (CRM);
  b. Provides timely tracking and follow-up of donors' pledges;
  c. Ensures acknowledgement letters are mailed out and internal copies are properly filed within 48 hours of gift receipt and processing; and
  d. Produces monthly reports and schedules gift data reconciliation meetings with the Fiscal Affairs Office
9. Works closely with all stakeholders to ensure success of fundraising events, including:
  a. Assists in all phases of inception, planning, execution, and post-event evaluation;
  b. Attends planning meetings, records and distribution of meeting minutes;
  c. Coordinates volunteers for the universities fundraising activities.
  d. Fostering & enhancing the relationships with Alumni Affairs
  e. Develop staff involvement in the fundraising goals at the university
1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field preferred.
2. Associated degree plus certified in fundraising (IU School of Philanthropy:  Principals of Fundraising) accepted.
3. Minimum 2 years donor relations/fundraising experience.   
4. Nonprofit/Donor database experience, cloud-based database preferred; Bloomerang, Blackbaud Raiser's Edge, etc

1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
2. Demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization.
3. Proven business writing skills for management and leadership.
4. Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills and ability to manage priorities and workflow expected.
5. Acute attention to detail.
6. Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects.
7. Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
8. Professional appearance and demeanor.
9. Commitment to excellence and high standards.
10. Proficient in Microsoft Office Teams and all other generally practiced virtual officing and cloud-based management

1. Must maintain absolute confidentiality of donor information and the department administrative affairs.
2. Must abide by the University's policies and adhere to the Department's processes.
3. Operates effectively within established budgetary guidelines.
4. Performs other duties as required.
No relocation expenses provided. 
ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1.  Talk about a project or program where you had to gain support from others inside your organization and then implemented it.  What worked well?  What would you change next time?
2.  Share a couple of experiences from a capital campaign effort you have been involved with.  What was your greatest success?  What would you change next time?
3.  What types of fund development and/or event software packages have you found to be most useful and why?
4.  Share with us an example of a successful solicitation for funds.  Can you tell us about the process from conceptualization to the final outcome?

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