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Foundation Gold Development Officer

Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation Position Available

POSITION: GOLD Development Officer

STATUS: Open - qualified applicants sought!
POSTED:  Jan. 8, 2013
DEADLINE:  Jan. 31, 2013

Position Summary

The GOLD Development Officer is charged with bolstering the success of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation specifically by identifying, cultivating and asking young alumnae for multi-year pledges of $300 to $1,000 annually, preferably paid through electronic transfer or credit card. This is a full-time position working from a home-based office.

Job Overview

The GOLD Development Officer’s primary responsibility is to generate significant and regular Foundation donations from young, philanthropic-minded alumnae under the age of 40 using proven techniques. (See Gold Program FAQ for more details.)

·     Be an active participant in ongoing communication and recognition initiatives targeting young alumnae – working closely with the Foundation to do so

·     Become familiar with all Foundation fundraising efforts and giving programs, and be able to respond to inquiries from young alumnae and the public about same

·     Set and meet rigorous monthly and annual fundraising/participation goals

A successful GOLD Development Officer should be goal-driven, personable, well-organized and able to think independently. She should have strong communication and presentation skills and be able to work independently in a home-office environment. She should be strongly committed to the Foundation’s mission and vision and be a convincing advocate for charitable giving – specifically for the Foundation’s fundraising goals. Strong listening skills are essential. Extensive travel is required (normally 3 weeks per month), as well as a valid driver’s license and vehicle.

Specific Responsibilities


·     Establish a home-based office featuring an up-to-date computer, printer, scanner and cell phone

·     Participate in at least two days of on-site training

·     Work with the Foundation to create fundraising and participation goals that significantly enhance Foundation’s donor base and annual revenues

·     Customize goals and action plans for highly personalized solicitation of prospects

·     Attend Foundation meetings and events as needed

·     Participate in weekly teleconferences with the Foundation Executive Director

·    Work individually with the Foundation Executive Director to perfect the "asking" technique

·     Work with the Foundation Executive Director to create a compelling “case for support” (i.e., reasons to give) that explains the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation story as well as its short-term and long-term goals.  The case for support must be updated as needed

·     Prepare electronic presentation of “case for support” for potential donors

·     Develop other presentation materials and proposals

·     Identify, with help from the Foundation, key metropolitan areas where young alumnae prospects are located

·     Identify prospects and contact them via e-mail, phone or letter to set up face-to-face visits (about 250 visits per year are expected)

·     Turn at least 100 of these prospects into donors with multi-year pledges, preferably paid monthly by electronic transfer or credit card

·     Arrange all travel plans within budgetary limit

·     Use official pledge forms for donor signatures (following up until signed pledges or checks are received), then transmit these forms to Headquarters staff for database entry and billing

·     Make occasional visits to collegiate and alumnae chapters or key alumnae major donors

·     Seek Foundation or Fraternity volunteers among prospects, letting appropriate person know of volunteer interest

·     Track and report daily, weekly and quarterly results

The above description indicates the general nature and level of work. It should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of an employee assigned to this position. Contents may be subject to change to meet the needs of the organization.


·     Phi Sigma Sigma alumna member in good standing

·     Earned bachelor's degree

·     Excellent oral and written communication skills

·     Strong commitment to accuracy, confidentiality and timeliness

·     Willingness to develop fundraising techniques and skills

·     Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

·     Willingness to be trained to use Phi Sigma Sigma’s iMIS database

·     Ability to establish and work from a home-based office


The GOLD Development Officer reports to the Foundation Executive Director and is part of the development team. There is no dedicated office support, except in the billing, recording and acknowledging pledges (which are handled by Phi Sigma Sigma Headquarters staff and the Foundation Administrative Assistant). The GOLD officer represents the Foundation at all times and in any cities she may be visiting, and is therefore expected to present her “professional best” in all ways, including personal and professional presence on social networking sites.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to e-mail a cover letter and resume to:

Michelle Soucy

Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
(410)799-1224 x16


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