Development Officer

California, United States
Monday, 20 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Contract Type

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking a full-time Development Officer.

A cover letter and resume are required for full consideration.

About Stanford University’s Hoover Institution: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy both domestic and foreign as well as international affairs.

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges.

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer will implement a specific fundraising program for the Hoover Institution, focusing on an assigned portfolio of active donors and pipeline of new donors. S/he will operate independently in assigned areas and take responsibility for solicitation, stewardship of donor relationships, and coordination of internal support activities. This individual will also provide support in other areas of the Hoover Institution’s Development program as needed.


  • Based on fundraising analysis, develop strategies for donor engagement, solicitation, stewardship and future growth. Monitor, analyze, and report on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Steward and manage established relationships to maximize engagement, renew annual giving, and present new opportunities; cultivate and solicit gifts to Hoover.
  • Stay informed on current Hoover Institution and university initiatives and activities.
  • Implement and manage programs to involve targeted populations in fundraising and volunteer activities.
  • Design and manage communications (e.g., mail, email, video, phone, and other channels) to maximize fundraising potential.
  • Work with a portfolio of assigned donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward their support.
  • Establish ongoing relationships with individual donors through personal visits, phone calls, and meaningful contacts.
  • Work closely with other colleagues in development to align program goals with the overall giving goals of the Hoover Institution’s development organization.


  • Work with the Director of Major Gifts and Major Gifts Officers to ensure clear communication and integration with the Hoover Institution’s Major Gifts program.
  • Work with the Director of Major Gifts to provide support as needed for the Hoover Institution’s Development Events program.
  • Work with the Manager of Online Giving to provide support as needed and ensure clear communication and integration with the Hoover Institution’s Online Giving program.
  • Work with the Development Database Administrator to ensure clear communication and integration with the Hover Institution’s Development Data program.

* The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Relevant experience may include: Involvement in marketing, finance or another role in which developing personal relationships and crafting persuasive communications are essential.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to interact with a wide range of people.
  • Outstanding communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external constituents.

Desired/Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience developing relationships and providing a high level of service to a donor community.
  • Demonstrated experience managing development events.
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, and the workplace environment at the Hoover Institution strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud’s the Raiser’s Edge CRM database, and the Aventri event management platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop personal relationships with board members and staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of procedures and resources related to donor relations and fundraising.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Valid California Non-commercial Class Driver's License.


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class driver’s license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4291
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: I
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 86908

Similar jobs

Similar jobs