Job Posting

Sr. Development Officer


University of Minnesota Foundation | Minneapolis, MN
Salary Range: $95,000 - $105,000

About Us:
At the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF), our mission is to connect passion with possibility, inspire generosity, and support greatness at the University of Minnesota by placing donors at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. UMF is a nonprofit organization responsible for raising and managing gifts to the University of Minnesota.
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About the role:
UMF’s Medical School development team is responsible for the solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of major gift benefactors for research, education, and care across the Medical School’s many departments. This team covers grateful patients, service lines, and emerging priorities in the various areas of expertise.

The UMF Heart, Medicine, and Surgery team within the Med School development team currently has two open positions:

Sr. Development Officer, Heart, Medicine, & Surgery - Surgical Program Focused
This position will focus on surgical fundraising initiatives across our surgical service lines and Department of Surgery, such as cardiothoracic and orthopedic surgery, organ transplantation, otolaryngology, and the Schulze Diabetes Institute (Apply here:

Sr. Development Officer, Heart, Medicine, & Surgery - Heart Health Focused
This position will focus on fundraising for heart health initiatives such as the Cardiovascular Division, Lillehei Heart Institute, cardiovascular service line and other Department of Medicine related initiatives, along with other key priorities of the Medical School and healthcare system. This position will play a crucial role in supporting the Red Heart Soiree - An annual event that benefits cardiovascular health - By recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers (Apply here:

Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors with a specific focus on major gift prospects in assigned health areas, as well as initiatives across the Medical School and service lines.

Develop an annual plan of work, including specific fundraising, prospect development and programmatic goals with an emphasis on achieving established standards and metrics.

Builds and maintains a portfolio of approximately 125 major gift prospects to ensure that timely steps are taken toward solicitation, closure, and stewardship. Performance expectations for this level of gift officer include approximately 15 solicitations per year at $50,000 or more. Apply various giving methods such as current, deferred giving, and non-cash gifts.

Total annual gift production expectations for this level of position range from approximately $750,000 to $2 million. Works closely with prospect management and development leaders to set appropriate annual goals.

Complete, file and maintain accurate, relevant and timely reports and records of donor/prospect contacts by using our database, employing discretion while recording information of relevance to appropriate individuals.

Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of five years professional development experience in individual giving, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit and steward major gifts of $50,000 or more; or seven or more years of experience in marketing, consultative sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field where you were responsible for cultivating/soliciting and maintaining long-term, trusting client relationships (either individual or business) for provision of services.

Demonstrated knowledge of basic business terminology, financial matters and the ethical, legal, and tax-related issues regarding the solicitation, transfer, and management of charitable gifts.

Outstanding oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including effective presentation skills.

Both positions must demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and championing an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment (exhibit 100% of the time). Some weekend and evening attendance at various University and external functions and occasional travel is required.

We take care of you:
Comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, and pharmacy coverage; life insurance; retirement; long-term care insurance; and disability coverage.

Come. Work. Stay. Play. The U of M is conveniently accessible by light rail, bus, and bike. And we offer discounted bus transportation through our “U-Pass” program.

The University of Minnesota embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage.

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted online through the U of M Careers site. To submit your application, please use one of the following links: or If you have any difficulties or questions while applying feel free to contact Jeff Karr, Recruiter at