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Development Specialist, Senior Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75437
  • Pay Grade: P10
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: External Affairs
  • Function: Development


The purpose of this position is to raise private funding for Boise State University through individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. The position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current major gift donors to Boise State University. This position may be assigned to Colleges or Departments.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years’ experience or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to raise major gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship.
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Must be organized and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to manage prospects from identification through stewardship
  • Ability to articulate and meet goals/objectives
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to think through complicated processes and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Development Specialist, Senior

  • Prepare and implement strategies to attain the College/Unit’s annual and campaign development plans. Work with College administrators, faculty, staff, and designees to identify and define priority needs to be funded through external support.
  • Plans and implements strategies for donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Raises major gifts through pledges, outright gifts or deferred gifts.
  • Researches and cultivates donors to match the needs of the College/Unit with interests of prospective donors. Coordinates and cooperates with the Dean of the college on prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Assigns priority to development activities over more programmatic activities.
  • Serves as the main liaison between University Advancement and unit leadership and faculty.
  • Manages relationships with a portfolio of prospective donors with responsibility for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Monitors and records prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect
  • Implement, coordinate, and execute an effective and efficient donor relations event and activities strategy
  • Administration of member benefits and fulfillment, includes maintaining communication with groups.
  • Increase fund giving through review of benefits and improved donor correspondence.

35% of Time the Development Specialist, Senior

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Development Specialist, Senior

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Travel locally to event locations or overnight

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.