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Development Officer

Clarke University

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ID: 33753

Posted On 05/30/2023

Job Overview

At Clarke University, everything we do is focused on making an impact on students so they can positively impact the world.  For students, it means a place where more than facts are studied – it means new ways of thinking are explored. For faculty and staff, it means more than just coming to work every day – it means truly collaborating across the university to put student success first. It also means living and working in a thriving city named one of the “most livable” small cities in the country and one of “Best Green Places” in the country.

The university is currently seeking a qualified individual to assume the role of Development Officer – Major Gifts. Under the direction of the Executive Director of Development, this position is responsible for connecting with donors who are capable of making a leadership gift to the university. This role requires frequent travel by car and/or air, which includes overnight and extended stays around the country.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the implementation of annual and multi-year fundraising initiatives.
  • Actively develop relationships and manage a diverse portfolio of donor prospects to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts through face-to-face meetings, written proposals, and other communications.
  • Meet annual and multi-year performance metrics for donor revenue and activity.
  • Become conversationally fluent in understanding planned giving opportunities and comfortable introducing concepts to prospective donors.
  • Represent Clarke University at off-campus functions as requested by department and university leadership.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications include:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, or a related field are required. Exceptional oral and written communication and people skills as well as knowledge of the MS Office suite and related technology are essential, as is the proven ability to work effectively as a team member. Knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge database or a similar CRM software is preferred. The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as well as regular travel is necessary.

To apply, please upload a resume online at

Clarke University is committed to fostering a welcoming campus community that celebrates the unique contributions of each person and promotes an inclusive learning environment.  Clarke University does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

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Jody Pfohl

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Dubuque, IA

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About the Company

Clarke University is a leading independent, coeducational, Catholic university with majors in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.   Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Dubuque, Iowa, Clarke University is an intimate learning community that lives practically by four Core Values: Education, Charity, Justice, and Freedom. These values emanate from its founder, Mary Frances Clarke, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and those who follow their example to provide learning experiences that are relevant and forward looking. The Clarke Compass, designed for undergraduate students, integrates the liberal arts, experiential learning, major courses of study, cocurricular offerings and the Core Values to produce career-and life-ready graduates who service the Common Good, defined as that which all members of society need in order to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Clarke University is committed to fostering a welcoming campus community that celebrates the unique contributions of each person and promotes an inclusive learning environment. To this end, we strive to respect diversity, practice inclusion and seek equity.

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