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Development Officer

Company: BRIDGES
Date Posted: January 24, 2018

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to with “Development Officer” in the subject line. No calls, please.


  1. Work collaboratively with the development team, especially the Vice President of Development.
  2. Identify, cultivate, and solicit philanthropic support from individuals.
  3. A gifted storyteller who will manage a prospect pool of donor relationships and the administrator for annual fund giving group (gifts of $1,000 and under).
  4. Work directly with the Vice President of Development and Director of Communications to develop content and materials for appeal efforts and holiday card campaign (mail, email, etc.)
  5. Create opportunities to engage, cultivate and steward current donors to help meet fundraising goals.
  6. Normal work hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, plus some evenings and weekends when needed. 
  7. Other reasonable, related duties as assigned by Vice President of Development and/or other authorized staff.


  1. A bachelor’s degree and/or 2 years fundraising experience in a professional position; demonstrated success in achieving revenue targets.
  2. Outstanding people skills.
  3. Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
  4. Demonstrated excellence in organizational, leadership, and communication skills.
  5. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce donor management software is recommended; ability to identify ways these systems can help improve business processes.
  6. Must have personal, dependable transportation for attending outside functions and locations; possess a valid drivers’ license and show proof of liability insurance coverage as required by the laws of the State of Tennessee and as outlined in the BRIDGES Employee Handbook.  Must have clean driving record.


Knowledge of and ability to:

  1. Be a proactive self-starter skilled in organizing resources and establishing priorities while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and professionalism; strong attention to detail.
  2. Organize work; prioritize multiple tasks across BRIDGES organization; meet deadlines; work in a fast-paced environment; have and use strong problem solving ability(s); maintain confidentiality of information when required; maintain a high degree of accuracy and professionalism at all times.
  3. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals in a diverse community (including participants, parents, program partners, stake holders and staff).
  4. Value diversity and seek out opportunities for self, staff, volunteers and program participants to interact and learn in diverse settings.
  5. Use tact and discretion when dealing with all people; maintain confidentiality and privacy of information; write legibly to record information; perform simple accounting procedures and maintain records.
  6. Use correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling in business letters and personal note composition and format; ability to proofread documents and correspondence; exhibit and use excellent written and oral interpersonal communication skills.
  7. Perform standard clerical office practices and procedures; file information alphabetically, numerically and chronologically using standard filing methods; skilled in using Microsoft Office.


  1. Work is performed at BRIDGES Center and at sponsor/potential sponsor locations as well as fundraising events. 
  2. Must have dependable transportation for traveling to and from sponsors/potential sponsors, fundraising events and other locations.


  1. Requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit departments at BRIDGES Center, sponsor/potential sponsor locations and fundraising events.   
  2. Requires excellent communication skills, both spoken and written, using standard business English.
  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear and see. The employee is required to use hands and fingers and reach with hands and arms.
  4. Employee must be able to crawl under desks / tables / or other objects to connect computer related wires, etc. as required.
  5. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to with “Development Officer” in the subject line. No calls, please.

Position customarily and regularly requires the exercise of independent judgment and discretion more than 50% of the time. Work is performed under general supervision of the Vice President of Development and requires special training, experience and knowledge. Full-time, regular; exempt.

In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

EOE – M/F – V/H