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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $64,700 - $77,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
The Senior Development Officer I reports to the Territory Executive Director or the Territory Senior Managing Director (in Territories where there is a Senior Managing Director) and is responsible for fundraising as a generalist on behalf of the university in support of key priorities. This role will be assigned to at least one MSA in the Territory with travel expectations of 50% of time.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Focus on acquisition, retention, and reacquisition of prospects ($25,000 – $249,000) in the assigned region with a primary focus on unrestricted giving. Qualify and cultivate donors with the goal of increasing the donor’s support to leadership and major gift levels.
  • Work closely with all levels of development officers in the Territory to ensure short and long-term fundraising success. Work closely with subject matter experts in the Philanthropic Strategy Vertical to meet the fundraising priorities of the Danforth Campus schools, programs, university priorities, and university initiatives.
  • Help to create and foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork that celebrates outcomes, builds individual and team capacity, and ensures that WashU UA is a preferred workplace.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience soliciting gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • Four years of related experience.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically as well as plan and implement effectively.
  • Demonstrated interest in meeting people; strong desire to initiate contact with and develop relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Demonstrated success as a team member who can also work independently.
  • Capacity to complete a large amount of work in a short time frame, given the pace of annual giving work.
  • Ability to work effectively within a complex organization across multiple units dealing with diverse constituents (school deans, administrators, alumni, students, university-wide advancement staff and key volunteers) toward development objectives and building effective working relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills executed in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects effectively; a highly organized work style is essential.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer and database technology; experience with Excel and/or Salesforce preferred.
  • Attention to detail, highly motivated, organized, positive, and energetic.
  • Flexibility to adapt during a time of organizational change.
  • Interest in giving and receiving feedback for professional growth.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three years of related experience.

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Salary Range
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.

If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Please apply via and enter job #JR82717