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Job Posting: Advancement Officer


The 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 approximately 150 prospects while moving them through the gift cycle.


Donor Focus – demonstrated ability to establish, cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships with donors and constituents to build and maintain a lifelong relationship with Phi Delta Theta.

  • 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.

Strategic Agility – demonstrated ability to provide leadership in decision-making that considers current processes, potential opportunities, and future conditions.

  • When appropriate, 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.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition and perseverance in one’s work; reflect a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrate superior people skills that include tact, diplomacy, sophistication, curiosity, and confidentiality.

Project Management – demonstrated ability to effectively plan and measure a plan while working towards the successful completion of a specific goal.

  • Reports to the director of advancement & planned giving (or in the absence thereof to the senior vice president of advancement). Assist other Foundation staff members and volunteers with fundraising initiatives.
  • In conjunction with other staff members, support and participate, as appropriate, in Phi Delta Theta’s major conferences and other meetings endorsed by the Foundation.
  • In cooperation with other staff members, write, edit and print articles for The Scroll and other communication devices that promote the Foundation and its activities.
  • Participate in professional and inter-fraternity conferences and workshops (FFE/AFP/CASE) related to Foundation activities.
  • Assist in the execution of all approved programs (i.e. Fellows, Trustee Engagement), projects, and functions of the Foundation Staff.
  • Monitor overall performance against objectives.


A bachelor’s degree and past professional experience in a field involving relationship building, alumni relations, and fundraising are preferred. Excellent organizational, written, 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.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Stamina to travel and conduct successive meetings as needed in addition to prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be determined depending on background and experience. Phi Delta Theta offers an excellent benefits package including healthcare and retirement planning.

Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters Purpose Statement:

Together we provide our members with 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 195 chapters and emerging chapters, and ninety-one alumni clubs across the United States and Canada. To date, the Fraternity has initiated over 283,000 men into the society whose founding principles are Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and résumé to Human Resources Specialist Cynthia Buresh by end-of-day November 30, 2022.