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POSITION:  Development Officer or Senior Development Officer (Exempt)


DEPARTMENT:  Advancement

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Vice President for Engagement and Advancement


EXEMPTION:  Administrative Exemption

LOCATION:  HSU Campus, Abilene, TX  

TARGET HIRE DATE:  As Soon As Possible

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU as reflected in the University’s Statement of Faith.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


Implements the daily operations of various university fundraising programs and activities. Assists with the planning of various university advancement activities. Assists the Vice President for University Advancement in shaping university advancement policies, management, short-range and long-range planning.



Qualify, cultivate, and solicit alumni and friends of the University for current and deferred gifts through annual and monthly action plans of Moves Management steps.

Develop and maintain an ongoing portfolio of 175+ key donors for the purpose of soliciting unrestricted, current, planned and major gifts.

Provide appropriate staffing at advancement and alumni events.

Maintain constituent reports for every donor contact.

Set and achieve agreed upon performance goals.

Strategically plan and implement objectives with key contacts.

Manage individual supplies, operations and travel budgets.

Foster teamwork with fellow team members.

Attend life events for donors and their family members.

Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Senior Development Officer must have proven track record of successful development/fundraising experience.


There are no supervisor responsibilities required for this position.

COMPETENCIES: This is your opportunity to demonstrate how your education and/or experience in your current or previous job relates to each function of this position.

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

On a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph for each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

Achievement Focus - Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; recognizes and acts on opportunities; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Project Management software; Order processing systems; Internet software; Development software and Contact Management systems.


Bachelor's degree required. Master’s Degree preferred.  

One to five years of related work experience is required for Development Officer.

Six to ten years of related experience is required for Senior Development Officer.  

Must understand generational differences and be able to effectively utilize the appropriate medium to reach different audiences.

Must be strong in computer and customer service skills.

Must know and use proper telephone etiquette.

Strong organizational skills required.

Must be able to maintain confidentiality concerning financial records and other personal information.

Must be proficient with computers, comfortable talking on the phone and in meetings, sitting for long periods of time and have ability to drive for extensive work-related travel.


None are required for this position at this time.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.

The job is sedentary in nature. Must be able to sit for long periods while performing office and phone/computer operations and/or while driving due to extensive travel.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


This position is a Full-Time, Exempt Level/Salaried Staff position.

A minimum of a 40-hour work week is expected. Irregular hours and evening and weekend work and/or assignments beyond a 40-hour week is required during peak season and/or to meet project deadlines is required.

Frequent travel is required, including evenings and weekends, especially as part of travel.

Occasionally holiday work is also required.

Additional travel may be required on occasion to attend training workshops on occasion.

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.


HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position, applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.