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Job Posting – Advancement Officer


The Phi Delta Theta Foundation has a job opening! Advancement Officers identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts of $25,000 and above from alumni, parents, and friends of Phi Delta Theta. The Advancement Officer will actively manage a primary portfolio of 150 prospects while moving them through the gift cycle and building support for the Phi Delta Theta strategic plan and imminent capital campaign launch. This position requires frequent travel (when conditions allow) and is considered a remote position with preference to donor geography. On-boarding and training will require time at the General Headquarters in Oxford, Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of 140-150 primary prospects and introduce them to giving opportunities with the Foundation.
  • Responsible for soliciting gifts of $25,000 and above.
  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
  • Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors (120 annually)
  • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with organization volunteers and Foundation Trustees.
  • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.
  • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Focus on securing support for a set of fraternity educational programs and scholarships.
  • Monitors all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.
  • Plan and participate in various alumni cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship events, both in conjunction with alumni clubs and as special events sponsored by Phi Delta Theta.
  • Support, in conjunction with other staff members, and participate, as appropriate, in Phi Delta Theta’s major conferences and other meetings supported by the Foundation.
  • Assist with articles for The Scroll and other communication devices that promote the Foundation and its activities.
  • Assist in the execution of all approved programs, projects, and functions of the Foundation Staff.
  • Participate in professional and inter-fraternity conferences and workshops (FFE/AFP/CASE) related to Foundation activities.


  • Demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships with donors and constituents to build and maintain a lifelong relationship with Phi Delta Theta.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in decision making that considers current processes, potential opportunities, and future conditions
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance in one’s work; reflect an optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Demonstrate superior people skills that include tact, diplomacy, sophistication, curiosity, and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan and measure a plan while working towards the successful completion of a specific goal.
  • A bachelor’s degree and past professional experience in a field involving relationship building, alumni relations and fundraising preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated track record of initiative and innovation.
  • Ability and interest to travel (virtual visits when appropriate) on a frequent basis.
  • This travel will include nights and weekends. Must possess a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.

Salary, Benefits, and Work Environment:

Salary will be determined depending upon background and experience. Phi Delta Theta offers an excellent benefits package including health care and retirement planning. This position requires frequent travel (when conditions allow) and is considered a remote position with preference to donor geography. On-boarding and training will require time at the General Headquarters in Oxford, Ohio.

Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters Purpose Statement:

Together we provide our members a transformational experience in pursuit of greatness.

Organizational Background:

Founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on December 26, 1848, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity has 192 chapters and emerging chapters and 91 alumni clubs across the United States and Canada. To date, the Fraternity has initiated over 277,500 men into the society whose founding principles are friendship, sound learning, and rectitude.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and resume to Human Resources Specialist Cynthia Buresh by end-of-day April 30.