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Senior Development Representative

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 08/07/2015
Categories: Administrative - Advertising/PR - Communications - Customer Service - Fundraising - Marketing/Public Relations - Other - Sales
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Title: Senior Development Representative

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Department: Advancement

Reports To: Vice President for College Advancement

FLSA Status:   Exempt


Summary: This position is accountable for identifying, cultivating and soliciting support for the College, maintaining a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, and participating in a donor stewardship plan.


Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Build relationships and secure major gift support for the College through personal visits with a portfolio of donors and prospective donors, including individuals, businesses/corporations, churches, and foundations. 
  • Communicate the needs of the College, and encourage current or planned gifts to the College annual fund, special funds (i.e. scholarship or project) and the operating endowment.
  • Identify potential donors and effectively use available resources for prospect research and giving capacity assessment.
  • Work with the Advancement Office staff to help meet established fund development goals of the College and participate in department planning activities.



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.


  • Education and Experience – This position requires:
  • A Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university, and two to five years of related experience and/or training – or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of current and planned giving rules and methods. 


  • Skills and Assets: This position requires the ability to:  
  • Solicit financial donations from companies or individuals.
  • Regularly negotiate gifts and transactions.
  • Write proposals.
  • Interpret Kuyper policies in situations requiring judgment and persuasion.
  • Handle highly sensitive and/or confidential information.
  • Use internet software, database software, spreadsheet software and word processing software with confidence.
  • Solve problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 
  • Work well independently and in a team setting.
  • Provide exemplary service to donors, alumni, employees, and members of the community.


A Senior Development Representative of Kuyper College will join a community that is marked by a commitment and calling to serve Christ and His church. Knowledge of, appreciation for and an ability to integrate a Reformed worldview in stewardship and fundraising programs at Kuyper College are essential for this position.


Kuyper College is an equal opportunity, non-discriminatory employer, and is committed to diversity within its community.


More information can be found at Applicants may send their résumé and cover letter to