Development Specialist - 13069BR

Development Specialist

Dole Institute of Politics
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was established in 1997 as a result of Senator Dole’s gift of his papers to the University of Kansas. The Dole Institute makes the Senator’s official and personal papers and congressional materials available to scholars and the public alike, and hosts a continuing set of lively programs that connect public policy to faculty, students, office holders, and the general public.

The mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, philosophically balanced manner. By providing a forum for discussion of political and economic issues, fostering public service leadership and encouraging participation in the political process, we emphasize that politics is an honorable profession and provide opportunities for all to interact with political leaders, practitioners and authors. The Dole Institute also emphasizes that only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation.

Position Overview

The Dole Institute Development Specialist is a professional fund-raising position responsible for creating, planning and managing all activities related to the Friends of the Dole Institute program, as well as assisting the Dole Institute administration and the Development Director for the Dole Institute (KU Endowment) with the organization and implementation of a comprehensive annual giving program for raising private gifts for Dole Institute. The Development Specialist reports to the Director of the Dole Institute and works closely with, and takes guidance from, the Development Director for the Dole Institute (KU Endowment).

Job Description

Duties include but are not limited to:

90% Implement and market the Friends of the Dole Institute program

Create and develop annual fundraising campaigns and materials targeting prospective and current individual and corporate annual donors by working closely with the Director and Development Director to meet established funding goals, including:
  • Manage system for prospect identification, donor cultivation, gift solicitation, and stewardship opportunities for prospective and present annual donors (individual and corporate).
  • Create and prepare sponsorship proposal material and make presentations alone or in conjunction with Dole Institute Development Director (KU Endowment) or Director to prospective corporate donors.
  • Solicit new and renewing gifts for annual Friends membership campaign and oversee individual and corporate campaigns in coordination with Dole Institute administration and Development Director for the Dole Institute (KU Endowment).
  • Ensure Friends are acknowledged and thanked on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain internal Friends donor records, membership information and materials.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications staff on design, content and production to ensure consistent branding and promotion of the Friends program.
  • Extend dinner invitations, coordinate RSVP guest lists and make arrangements for special seating when appropriate.
  • Coordinate and execute the annual Friends dinner program.
  • Look for and create special opportunities for Friends.
  • Conduct outreach to stimulate interest and involvement with the Friends program, including: attending events with specific Friends-related activities; event planning and logistics for Friends recruitment events and activities; working with Dole Institute Archive staff to create outreach opportunities such as museum and archive tours; and presenting the Dole Institute story at Rotaries, public service organizations, and other outside organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce.

10% Student Advisory Board Stewardship

Manage and develop all aspects of the Mentor Program including pairing Friends with Dole Institute Student Advisory Board members and organize events for participants, such as lunches, dinners, etiquette trainings, trivia nights, and other engagement events. Work with Student Advisory Board leadership as requested by the Director of the Dole Institute.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree, plus minimum of one year experience in fundraising, event planning and/or marketing.
  2. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Previous experience which required the skill to prioritize and organize duties in an efficient manner as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Past activities and/or experiences with Senator Bob Dole and/or the Dole Institute.
  2. At least one year professional experience fundraising or marketing for a foundation or non-profit organization.
  3. Ability to work independently and on a team as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Knowledge of or experience in direct response and internet fundraising as evidenced by application materials.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Applications and attached documents must be submitted electronically through the KU Human Resources website. Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications must include the following:

• Cover letter containing a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills related to the required and preferred
• Resume or curriculum vitae.
• Writing sample related to fundraising as well as your experiences with Senator Bob Dole and/or the Dole Institute (1-3 pages).
• Complete contact information, including telephone and e-mail addresses, for 3 professional references.

To ensure consideration apply on or before the closing date of November 19, 2018. Application review will begin on November 20, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Maggie Mahoney,, 785-864-1418

Advertised Salary Range

$17.78 to $19.71 per hour, depending on qualifications.

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Dole Institute of Politics
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
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