Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • $60,225 - $70,000 (DOE)
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Position Purpose:

The Development Officer is responsible for managing a group of prospective donors in a professional and effective way that leads to higher-level annual fund gifts, and major and planned gifts. This position works with the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, faculty, school staff, the development team and volunteers to build strong donor relationships and engagement in all aspects of a major gifts program from prospect identification through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Essential Duties:

The Development Officer will work closely with the development team and program staff to set and meet institutional fundraising goals.

  • Develop and implement an intentional strategy to build relationships, conducive to fundraising, with personal portfolio of at least 100 top prospects.
  • Identify meaningful opportunities for cultivating and engaging your key prospects, including events.
  • Work with Stewardship staff to ensure meaningful donor recognition for assigned donors.
  • With law school leadership, create and implement a project review process to determine which grants the school will pursue.
  • Lead the grant proposal and reporting process, including budgets, and manage the proposal review process.
  • Participate in external meetings with current and potential foundation and corporate donors.
  • Manage donor relationships through regular communications and cultivation.
  • Maintain institutional donor information in database.
  • Help identify new institutional donors through research and outreach to prospective foundations and corporations.
  • Identify, recruit, and maintain volunteer relationships.


  • Bachelor's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment, but we will consider a combination of education and experience. At least 3 years of grant writing and institutional fundraising experience with demonstrated success of managing donor relationships and raising new funds for nonprofit/educational organizations required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, prioritize work, and maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing work priorities.
  • Excellent computer skills and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to stay abreast of fundraising trends and prospect research techniques and tools.
  • Ability to interact with diverse constituencies in a collaborative environment.

If interested, please apply directly online at:

Review of applicants will begin on May 17th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, marital status, veteran/military status, disability or handicap, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status defined by law. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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