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Development Specialist

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Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Development Specialist
Full Time / Part Time Full Time
Job Type Staff
Reports To Director of the Bryant Fund
Position Summary

This position will assist in the implementation of the overall Bryant Fund fundraising strategy and implement all components of the Telefund program to maximize alumni and parent support to Bryant University. S/he will be expected to coordinate aspects of direct mail, e-mail, social media, and crowdfunding solicitations.

Principal Accountabilities

Nature and Scope: The Development Specialist (DA) reports to the Director of the Bryant Fund. S/he works cooperatively with the Director and the Bryant Fund team to set annual solicitation and program strategies, program goals, and priorities. S/he will monitor and regularly report progress towards these goals. S/he also works cooperatively with members of Advancement Services and selected outside vendors and consultants that provide services and materials in support of the Telefund and annual giving programs at the University. The DS will also provide support for Annual Giving programs as may be required.

Annual Giving Solicitation Production: The Development Specialist in close consultation with the Director of the Bryant Fund and the Bryant Fund team, will implement all solicitations generated by the Bryant Fund team. Including the development of solicitation materials, scripts, pledge letters, etc. related to the Telefund program. S/he works closely with Advancement Services to make sure that any data transfers are accurate, complete, and sent to the Telefund vendor as needed. S/he is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising a team of approximately 35 student callers. S/he will work with the Director of the Bryant Fund to develop a strategic calling calendar and will be responsible for supervising calling shifts during all designated periods.

Written, Oral Communications and Interpersonal Skills: The Development Specialist must be a strong writer and editor, have a thorough understanding of telephone and online solicitation methods and practices, social media outreach and fundraising practices, and student supervision.


1. Implement maintain a detailed production schedules for Telefund program including student recruitment and hiring, script writing and editing, calling segmentation schedule, and, report execution.

2. Closely monitor detailed production schedules annual fund solicitations with production assignments, and keeps the Director of the Bryant Fund apprised through written and verbal reports.

3. Work with Director of the Bryant Fund, in consultation with senior Development management, to develop accurate and comprehensive fundraising goals for the Telefund program. Monitor and report the progress towards stated goals to the Director of the Bryant Fund on a regular basis.

4. Regularly monitor and evaluate student caller performance, as it relates to his / her ability to speak as a representative of Bryant University in conversations with our constituents

5. Maintain regular contact with outside telemarketing vendors and/or consultants regarding program execution. Serve as the primary liaison for outside vendors to ensure that all deliverables are completed according to schedule. Responsible for any follow up required with any alumni, parent, or friend prospect related to the Telefund program.

6. Identify, recruit, hire student employees and or volunteers, and provide training, support, and stewardship of these individuals to assist in their fundraising efforts on behalf of the University.

7. Regularly monitor various crowdfunding projects and report progress to Director of Annual Giving. Work with assigned project owners to move specific projects towards their stated goals.

8. Utilize various social media channels to educate donors and potential donors about the Bryant Fund and any specific initiatives. Maintain a social media calendar that will be integrated with a Direct Mail, e-mail, and Telefund calendar to ensure consistency in messaging.

9. Staff or participate in any cultivation events deemed appropriate.

10. Certain requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities.


The position requires an undergraduate degree with at least 1-2 years of demonstrated fundraising experience in an annual giving fundraising program, preferably in a higher education setting. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as are highly developed organizational skills. Experience in recruiting, training and managing student employees and volunteers is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with donors and members of the Bryant community are essential. On-line fundraising & social media marketing and strategy experience preferred. Weeknight and weekend hours are required. Individual must be willing to assume additional responsibilities as assigned. Microsoft Excel and SCT Banner experience is a plus.

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number STA01841
Work Hours
Open Date 12/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
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