United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

Development Officer

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation


Job Summary

The Development Officer upholds the mission/vision of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation to provide scholarships to United Methodist students through all related fundraising efforts. The Development Officer will oversee fundraising events, annual giving, monthly giving, and other donor engagement efforts. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, dynamic professional with proven success in fundraising and knowledge of Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge (preferred) or other fundraising software.  

Job Responsibilities

    • Handle tasks related to donors, such as creating profiles on prospective donors and current contributors.
    • Track philanthropic requests, pledges and contributions and assist with compiling reports on current and prospective donors to be used by the President/CEO.
    • Create, coordinate, and implement annual giving strategies and solicitations to successfully meet individual appeal and annual fundraising goals.
    • Manage and update donor database, respond to queries and assist in acknowledging donor gifts, by phone and in writing.
    • Assist with logistics and solicitations for all fundraising events. 
    • Responsible for preparing mailing materials, such as annual reports, seasonal appeals, invitations, and newsletters along with the Coordinator of Communications and Public Relations.
    • Act as liaison to the Board of Trustees Resource Development Committee.
    • Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of strategic development
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new donors and funding sources
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, parents, administrators, and others
  • Working mastery of computer programs including: Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor management system
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative
  • Experience in higher education and/or related to The United Methodist Church a plus

Additional Information


Health Insurance, Retirement Plan, etc.

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter, Attn: Bob Fletcher, to Kathy Boozer at kboozer@umhef.org.


  • Date Posted: September 28, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Religious