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Development Officer, Major Gifts

Development Officer, Major Gifts

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The mission of Laramie County Community College is to transform our students' lives through the power of inspired learning. Our over-arching goal is that our accomplishments as a community college will distinguish LCCC from others in the nation, in turn benefiting our communities and bringing pride to the Great State of Wyoming.  Our core values include Passion, Authenticity, and the Desire to Make a Difference. 


A cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position is required. You can upload a cover letter when you create an applicant profile.


Preference will be given to candidates with business ties to Cheyenne, Laramie County, or Albany County.


NOTE: Successful candidates will be required to live in Laramie County within 90 days of selection. 


Job Summary:

Core responsibilities of this position include:

The Development Officer, Major Gifts position for the LCCC Foundation has the primary responsibility to engage in donor relations with individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, etc. All LCCC Foundation development officers should be prepared to work comprehensively with donors to address their needs and interests. Each development officer has an area of focus. The primary focus for this position is major gifts. This development officer will have the responsibility to plan and implement an annual and long-range major gift fundraising campaign for the Laramie County Community College Foundation. This individual is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals, corporations and foundations; and developing strategies and approaches to generate higher levels of giving. The development officer should also be prepared to work with corporations, foundations and individuals on all giving opportunities, not only those related to corporate or major gifts. The development officer is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthening existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the Foundation and College. Other tasks may be assigned based on contemporary institutional need.

LCCC in its strategic plan has identified important Core Values and Aspirational Values, which are inherent in the cultural fabric of the College. The person fulfilling this role is expected to bear these qualities and advocate for them.


Benefits: For full listing of benefits, visit


Compensation: Commensurate with experience and Education.

Starting Salary: $57, 325-$61, 625/yr. 


Priority Screening Date: Position is open until filled. For full consideration, apply by June 1st, 2018.


Starting Date: As soon after hiring process as practical.


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Essential Functions

Essential Functions: 


Leadership and Oversight:

This position is charged with development and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation relationships

  • Identify emerging business leadership and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing relationships within local and regional business and foundations. Identify, cultivate and solicit five- and six- figure philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the college
  • Work closely with foundation staff, public relations staff and other college representatives to create opportunities to build awareness among corporate and foundation constituencies in order to build and significantly expand positive fundraising relationships
  • Identify key alumni within corporations/foundations and review corporate profiles that suggest potential relationships because of common interests
  • Work with the foundation staff on the creation and execution of a plan for supplemental external funding of the college through state and federal grants, private foundations, prospect research, planned giving and annual giving


Functional Department Duties:

The Development Officer has the responsibility to inform the AVPIA, foundation board committees, and staff on corporate and foundation fundraising priorities

  • Interpret corporate and foundation interests to college constituencies
  • Work directly with the foundation’s Coordinator of Scholarships and Annual Giving and deans/faculty to develop approaches to corporations and coordinate these contacts to initiate the cultivation/fundraising process
  • Develop highly competitive proposals to corporate and foundation prospects and leverage diverse corporate and foundation goals and preferences in conjunction with College goals
  • Maintain a schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, creating related management plans, compelling presentations and comprehensive fundraising proposals
  • Assist with and attend Foundation and College events
  • Attend community events and functions to promote the foundation and college
  • Maintain accurate records including use of a Foundation credit card and maintain receipts
  • Obtain approvals from the AVPIA for event costs or expenditures exceeding the established routine thresholds
  • Collaborate with foundation staff and other departments in completing necessary forms, documentation, and reporting to support compliance with foundation and college polices and procedures; and regulatory requirements

Institutional Leadership:

This individual serves as a member of the Foundation Staff of LCCC and works in full partnership with other members of the Public Relations Team, as well as other departments. This functional tasking area may include:

  • Attend foundation board meetings, working closely with the AVPIA to develop, implement and foster support for the strategic directions of the Board and of the college while ensuring positive and interpersonal relationships central to the importance of the campus community
  • Works effectively with internal constituencies to foster collaboration and engagement between the campus and the broader community; collaborates efforts to articulate the identity of LCCC by publicizing the strength of programs and services of LCCC and encourages others in community service appropriate to the mission of the college
  • Promotes and strengthens communication bridges, shares information broadly, and facilitates communication among others

Nonessential Functions:  

An employee in this position may perform some of these responsibilities on an infrequent basis

  • May participate in various community outreach and/or community involvement activities on an intermittent basis, which may require overnight travel
  • Positively facilitate external relationships with various entities such as the media, members of the government, local and regional businesspeople, professional trade groups, peer community colleges, regional and/or partner universities, members of professional and trade organizations, and others which may require overnight travel
  • As required, attend college; department and professional trainings; conference and meetings
  • Act in a back-up capacity for Foundation staff members when needed

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising techniques required
  • Demonstrated ability to create written and verbal proposals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures of obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism in all circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated record of success or ability in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations, while also being able to work with individual donors as well
  • Ability to develop and foster effective relationships on campus and in the community
  • People oriented, with sound judgment and the ability to balance academic, student, business, and human considerations, strong ability to perform well in a high pressure and complex environment
  • Ability to rationally and objectively engage in problem-solving, and decision-making which may involve difficult outcomes
  • Advanced working knowledge and ability with personal computing applications – specifically Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Adobe products (e.g., Reader, Professional), as well as database management systems (e.g. Raiser’s Edge)
  • Ability to read and interpret instructions in oral, written, or diagrammatical form (e.g., a flow chart of a process). Ability to read, interpret and consider possible applications of business literature and legal documents
  • Skills and ability to perform as an organized, self-starter. Able to handle expeditiously, accurately, and confidentially the rapid receipt of communications from all sources—(written, email, voice mail, one-on-one) with attention to detail. Able to act on own initiative while exercising reasonable judgment
  • Excellent communication and service skills; ability to communicate clearly with a variety of people, in one-to-one and small group settings – either face-to-face, by telephone, or by other electronic means – ability to communicate and write in a clear and informative manner, effectively listen, and be able to handle escalating situations with concern and confidence
  • Ability to support time-based requests; able to function effectively in a multi-tasking, fast-paced environment with deadlines, frequent interruptions, and some interpersonal pressure
  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with people; proven capabilities in establishing appropriate professional rapport, with courtesy and tact, to accurately determine others’ needs, collect necessary information, and follow-through when requested

Physical/Mental Demands: 

·         To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, an employee must be able to maintain appropriate composure and necessary confidentiality with regard to employee and/or student data, documents, issues, etc., and respect privacy needs of employees and/or students, donors and past employees and/or students

  • The ability to comply with highly inflexible deadlines is required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; there will be multiple occurrences of sudden, urgent task completion required
  • While performing the essential functions of this position a variable work schedule may be required including long workdays, evenings, and weekends as needed
  • There may be occurrences of interacting with employees and/or students, past employees and/or students, members of the general public, and others who express opinions, may exhibit strong emotions, which will require the employee to interact professionally, diplomatically, and appropriately in such situations

·         While performing the essential duties of this position, an employee would frequently be required to move around the office space as well as within hallways, meeting rooms, and other parts of the campus facilities

  • There may be multiple/daily instances of prolonged personal computer use which would include keyboard and/or mouse usage as well as viewing a computer monitor

·         An employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds to perform essential position functions

·         Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus

  • The overall work environment requires the mental ability to shift focal point quickly due to interruptions; an employee must be able to mentally track multiple projects and tasking as well
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, there may be unexpected instances of somewhat loud sounds



  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Five years of working experience in a professional environment
  • Two years of experience in marketing, sales, or related experience


  • Two years of experience in donor development and/or developing project level strategic plans and establishing successful business relationships in the Cheyenne and/or Laramie County area (e.g. marketing, sales, lobbying, not-for profit work, etc.)
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Marketing, Business, or a related field of study




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Laramie County Community College is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.


The College has a designated person to monitor compliance and to answer any questions regarding the college’s non-discrimination policies:  Please contact: Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Room 205B, Pathfinder Building, 1400 E College Drive, Cheyenne, WY  82007, 307-778-1217,