Development Officer – Annual and Foundation Gifts

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU)

DEPARTMENT: Advancement / Development

SUPERVISED BY: Vice President of Institutional Advancement



GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Builds relationships to support the strategic fundraising initiatives of the university. Emphasis is on foundation grants and annual gifts. Annual gifts include communication with mid-level donors and targeted smaller asks with a focus on increasing the percentage of alumni giving. Occasionally assists with special events.


  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new donors for the university through use of personal contact including calls, letters, electronic communication and university publications.
  • Create effective foundation proposals to secure grants from foundations.
  • Call, write and electronically communicate with mid-level donors. Help identify major giving prospects.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with deans, coaches, professors, and other members of the Wayland faculty and staff to effectively create new and repeat donors.
  • Effectively align University priorities and prospect interests.
  • Align activities with the University’s strategic plan for Advancement.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.


Bachelor’s Degree

Experience and Knowledge:
Three (3) years demonstrated success in Advancement or related field.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with university leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers.
  • Familiar with the university environment and experience working with diverse populations.
  • Proficient in operating a personal computer and in using a variety of software applications particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and use good judgment in developing solutions within the unique environment of a Christian University.
  • Remote work is a possibility.
  • Self-starter, self-motivated and possess the ability to conceptualize processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement initiatives based on the strategic planning process.

Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance. If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Employee must be willing to travel if necessary.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.