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Development Specialist, College of Education & Human Services and College of Nursing

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Development Specialist
Business Title: Development Specialist, College of Education & Human Services and College of Nursing
Employment Class: Academic Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $60,000 - $75,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Annual, fixed-term renewable
Position Summary:

The Development Specialist plays a key role in securing significant financial resources and gifts that enable the University to accomplish its mission and achieve its goals. This position is responsible for executing all major and planned giving efforts for their assigned college by annually managing a portfolio of 125 to 200 major and planned giving prospects. Additionally, this position assists in the implementation of University wide fundraising campaigns.

This role assists in the planning, promotion and execution of development events, leads the creation and updating of informational materials, interacts with stakeholder groups to cultivate and maintain relationships, and leads reporting efforts on the effectiveness of development activities of the unit.

This position reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Development.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


Fundraising/Prospect Management – 60%

  • Collaborate closely with the AVC of Development to design, plan and implement an aggressive program to identify, cultivate, solicit and effectively steward major gifts from alumni and friends of the University
  • Preparing and presenting proposals and solicitation materials for prospects
  • Meeting and working with prospects in both one-on-one and group settings
  • Identifying individuals who may be interested in contributing to the University
  • Designing and implementing a program to bring selected alumni and friends to the campus on an annual basis

Programming – 20%

  • Establishing annual goals for identifying new individual prospects
  • Establishing a program designed to increase the size of gifts received from alumni and friends and to secure additional gifts from those individuals
  • Developing cultivation and solicitation strategies, in cooperation with the AVC of Development, to move donors to higher giving levels
  • Tracking and recording all major gift prospect activities in the Raiser’s Edge database system as outlined by departmental policies and procedures

Other Responsibilities - 20%

  • Collaborate as a member of the University Advancement Staff
  • Attend UW Oshkosh alumni and donor engagement events
  • Assist in the public recognition and stewardship of donors
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to learn about new fundraising techniques and ideas to further improve the development program at UW Oshkosh.
  • Carry out other duties and projects assigned by the AVC of Development.  Keep the AVC of Development regularly updated about events, donor stewardship, donor recognition projects, assigned projects and progress toward achievement of performance goals.

Standard Job Description:

  • Assists with the development of strategic planning initiatives and objectives, program budgets, and monitors activity to ensure adherence to established guidelines
  • Collects, prepares, and analyzes donor information and event data and provides subsequent recommendations for improvement and enhancement
  • Schedules logistics and secures resources for event and program activities, facilities, participants, and vendors adhering to established timelines and expectations
  • Assists with the design, development, and delivery of marketing and communication materials and other event publications to promote development events and programs
  • Serves as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders at meetings and activities to advocate for and promote the interests of the unit
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A working knowledge and demonstrated ability to operate computers and various software, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A strong ability to multi-task
  • A demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes that may occur
  • The ability and willingness to travel, on both weekdays and weekends
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • At least 1 year of fundraising experience.
  • Experience in implementing both small and large cultivation activities to increase involvement by and financial support from alumni, friends, community and corporations.
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices, planned giving techniques and basic tax implications related to philanthropic transactions.
  • Experience in major gift solicitation
  • A working knowledge of Blackbaud Raisers Edge donor management software
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application: resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by August 8, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or