College Possible Leadership Team
  • 13-Jun-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development Manager - Omaha Office
  • Omaha, NE, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Development Officer

College Possible - Omaha


About College Possible: As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 200 full-time employees and more than 300 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more, read our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; College Forward in Austin, TX; and Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at CollegePossible.org.


Equal Opportunity Employer

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings.


Your Role as Development Officer

The Development Officer is responsible for executing a variety of development activities for College Possible Omaha including working closely with our individual and institutional giving teams. This position will also work with national site support as needed. This role is an integral part of the Advancement team that raises revenue we need to run our program and communicate with the community and our supporters about the outcomes we achieve. This position is responsible for assisting in the growth of the annual individual support base, renewing, and upgrading donor support and strengthening relationships with current donors below the major donor level. They will be responsible for meeting annual donation goals for donors who contribute less than $10,000 annually. Vital to this position is the ability to work with a high degree of independence, and juggle various projects at once, while keeping a clear view of how each project supports College Possible's mission.

Individual Giving: Work with a portfolio of base-level individual donors to identify new prospects, build on existing relationships and improve donor retention through meaningful stewardship and multiple appeal strategies to increase interest in supporting College Possible. Leverage Omaha Advancement team and Board Members in these efforts.

Prospecting and Cultivation: Conduct prospect research for institutions and individuals. Work with the Advancement team to strategize and implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters and to increase the number of donors to the College Possible Omaha.

Communications - Support the development of a compelling story that resonates with different audiences and donors; strong persuasive writing and strategic planning skills are needed to develop solicitations that maximize giving opportunities. Assist with the acknowledgement of gifts through thank you letters, calls and other strategies. Responsible for ensuring acknowledgement letters are customized and mailed within established time deadlines. Assist National Office with maintaining database integrity.

Institutional Giving: Prepare, write and submit grant proposals for a portfolio of corporate and foundation partners at a designated giving level. Research, create proposals and manage community fundraising partnerships (Restaurant Dine to Donate, Grocery Store Round Up Programs).

Volunteer Coordination: Serve as staff liaison for Champions for College Possible--volunteer group of community members under the age of 40 with goals of increasing contributed investments, community recognition and involvement in the program.

Event Planning: Assist with the development, planning, and management of donor cultivation and fundraising events, volunteer opportunities, monthly giving programs, direct mailings, etc.; assist with campaigns such as Giving Tuesday, Do Good Days and End of Year giving.

AmeriCorps/Student Alumni Program: Assist in establishing a strategic plan to engage/re-engage AmeriCorps Service Members and College Possible Student Alumni with the College Possible mission.

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Work with the Development Director on projects as assigned. Work closely with External Relations national team on various projects such as the Annual Report, donor reports and newsletters.


What You Bring

Education/Certifications/Licenses:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience in nonprofit development or communications work preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor database software; Raiser's Edge experience preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Problem solver, flexible and adapt easily to change.
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through.
  • Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is required.
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued.
  • Access to reliable transportation required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds when needed.
  • Office environment with limited travel.
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for a minimum of 7 hours a day.

What We Offer

In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

  • An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country.
  • A competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance.
  • 401(k) retirement plan.
  • Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program.
  • Personalized professional development and growth opportunities.

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team

Please apply at: www.CollegePossible.org/careers Include a resume and cover letter.



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