Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Development Officer

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Development

JOB OBJECTIVE: Cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major gift and NOLS fund prospects and donors in support of NOLS’ mission and goals.


  • Ability to energetically and accurately represent NOLS to a variety of constituents, including alumni, major and annual donors, board, staff, parents, and other friends of the school.
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and organizational skills with ability to be a team player. 
  • Easy conversationalist and careful listener. Ability to craft a strong case for support and make a direct face-to-face solicitation. 
  • Comfortable making a compelling "cold call."
  • Adept at crafting compelling personal correspondence.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport in person as well as through phone conversation and personal correspondence.  
  • Progressive development experience is desired. This includes experience with asking for and receiving charitable contributions, planned and estate giving programs, and volunteer management and coordination. 
  • Capital and endowment campaign experience desired. 
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software applications—(Word, Excel, G-Suite, Raiser’s Edge) is desired. 
  • Travel required approximately 30% - 50% of the time, depending on campaign priorities.
  • NOLS faculty and alumni are encouraged to apply.


  • Manages a donor and prospect portfolio, requiring personal visits to cultivate, steward, and solicit support to meet combined department goals for current capital campaigns, NOLS Fund, and other projects. 
  • Active leadership regarding campaign planning and execution; managing volunteers; and developing and implementing strategies for cultivation, solicitations, and stewardship of donors. 
  • Establishes cooperative working relationships with alumni & development and other departmental staff members to increase understanding and support of development efforts. 
  • Understands and stays current on schoolwide issues. Limited field work opportunity for NOLS-qualified field instructors.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Tracks traveling expenses; maintains accurate donor reports.


  • 70% - Effectively researches, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of donor prospects with the ability to secure significant gifts in support of identified philanthropic objectives. Ensures necessary tracking and follow up with prospects. Tracks fundraising progress and manages relationships to increase donor gift amounts. Ensures the preparation and distribution of informative reports on progress toward goals, prospect strategies, and prospect contacts. Works in concert with Foundations Officer, and Research and Stewardship Coordinator to produce proposals and stewardship materials for donors. Assists with the design and implementation of strategies for acknowledging donors and stewarding gifts. Effectively encourage and facilitates volunteer participation in the NOLS development effort.
  • 5% - Works with development staff to maximize long-term fundraising success.
  • 20% - Works in concert with NOLS Fund Director to present a coordinated fundraising effort to all donors. Solicits annual fund support from donors and prospects to help reach annual goal. Stewards donors through personal communication and adheres to thank-you protocols.
  • 5% - Other duties as assigned to support the organization and changing needs of the department.

Responsibilities and duties may change at any time. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.

E-VERIFY: NOLS participates in E-verify.

MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS World Headquarters, in Lander, Wyoming. Remote employment for New York City- or San Francisco-based employment may be considered.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and résumé or address questions to Judd Rogers.
Email: judd_rogers@nols.edu
Phone: 307-335-2289


STARTING DATE: June 1 - Sep 1, 2019.

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