College Possible Leadership Team
  • 13-Sep-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development Officer
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Development Officer

College Possible, St. Paul

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

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

We're seeking a creative, committed, and energetic Development Officer who will function as a key member of the Minnesota Office external relations team, to achieve annual revenue goals. Their primary focus will be on creating and executing our individual giving efforts, as well as executing a high-quality annual fundraising event. This position will play a crucial role in the implementation of the strategic fundraising plan for individual donors, including prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. These responsibilities include managing and tracking donor solicitations and processing gifts, organizing fundraising and donor stewardship events, managing the donor stewardship program, and running direct mail campaigns. The Development Officer will assist other external relations team members as necessary throughout the year for the department to successfully accomplish its goals.

Relationship Management & Stewardship: Create and manage the individual donor portfolio scheme and portfolio assignments for the Executive Director, Sr. Director of External Relations, and themselves. Manage donor portfolio relations with the goal of deepening engagement, renewing annual gifts, and increasing affinity and giving.

Direct Mail Campaigns: Lead on all direct mail fundraising campaigns targeting individuals. Develop the strategy, preparation and execution of all mailings, including the end-of-year campaign. Collaborate with the External Relations Team Communications and National Marketing and Communications staff to manage the writing and design of letters and donor communications.

Prospecting and Cultivation: Lead prospecting and donor research for individuals. Strategize and implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors.

Fundraising Events: Generate, manage and support all event preparation and post-event follow-up for fundraising events by working with the Sr. Director of External Relations and Executive Director to leverage relationships with current individual donors, including board members, to significantly grow the number of individuals supporting the organization. Current fundraising events, include Give to the Max Day, and a Spring event that has not been held in recent years because of COVID restrictions.

Development Operations: Execute the acknowledgement of donations from individuals, including monetary, services, and in-kind. Assist Senior Director of External Relations as needed with donor stewardship, policy development, database management and updating, internal reports, and filing.

Alumni Engagement: Serve as the primary staff liaison to the CPMN alumni board. Responsibilities include scheduling alumni board meetings and managing invites for board members and other staff as needed. Supporting the board chair in the development and distribution of an agenda, other board materials and meeting logistics. Planning and execution of alumni fundraising events and campaigns.

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Participate in weekly External Relations Team meetings and other project meetings as necessary. Work with the Senior Director of External Relations on various projects as assigned.

What You Bring

• Bachelor's degree.
• Nonprofit or Fund Development certification preferred.

Related Work Experience:
• Minimum of 2 years fundraising experience with experience managing individual giving campaigns.
• Experience in developing, implementing, and managing direct mail projects.
• Previous experience implementing and managing a donor stewardship program with a focus on donor-centered fundraising.
• Experience in creating processes and tools for effective donor prospecting, research and solicitation that leads to new donor acquisition and increased gifts and a strong focus on moving donors up the pipeline.
• Relationship management experience, demonstrating the ability to work one-on-one with new and existing donors through site visits, donor stewardship calls and in-person meetings.
• Prefer previous experience developing and organizing fundraising events.

Computer/Software Skills:
• Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software.
• Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
• Highly organized and detail oriented.
• Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and/or equity work.
• Relationship builder with the flexibility and sensitivity to balance the perspectives of others.
• Strategic thinker and problem-solver, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial.
• Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
• Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
• Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
• Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued.
• Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through.
• A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing multiple projects and deadlines concurrently.
• History of using data analysis and reporting to inform decisions as they relate to donor communications, individual giving, and donor stewardship program.

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.

A competitive salary commensurate with experience (job grade starting at $48,080).

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team
Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter.

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