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Clarion University Foundation, Inc. invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Development Officer. 


The Clarion University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation and charitable organization of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, formed to promote educational purposes in connection with or at the request of Clarion University.  The Foundation is the organization designated to receive and manage private sector gifts provided for support of the activities and programs of the University.  The operation of the Foundation, establishment of policies, acquisition of resources, stewardship of assets, and management of endowment funds are directed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation and are carried out by the Foundation Staff.


The Chief Development Officer is the senior development officer for Clarion University Foundation, Inc.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, and working closely with the Vice President for Advancement for Clarion University, the Chief Development Officer has responsibility for providing executive leadership for a comprehensive advancement program (annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, major and planned giving, and development research), to increase Clarion University Foundation’s visibility among key influencers, constituents, and major donors.


The Chief Development Officer manages a staff of 12 alumni relations and development professionals, and will identify, manage, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major and leadership gift prospects ($100,000+) on an ongoing basis and in preparation for the Foundation’s anticipated comprehensive campaign.


In addition, the Chief Development Officer works with other administrators and volunteers to increase enthusiasm, advocacy, and gift support for the Foundation.   The Chief Development Officer will demonstrate effective ways of working with others, a positive attitude and self-image, and the courage to take risks.  The individual must have high professional aspirations and willingness to travel.


Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Ultimately responsible for all facets of Development and Alumni Affairs, including the supervision of staff, development and management of budgets, and the creation and implementation of programs and activities designed to increase financial contributions to Clarion University Foundation, Inc.;
  2. Work with the University President, University Vice President for Advancement, and Foundation Chief Executive Officer to assess institutional needs and priorities in the areas of Foundation fundraising;
  3. Provide leadership and guidance on development issues and activities to the volunteer directors of the Foundation Board, assuring they conduct activities which complement the Foundation’s needs and priorities, thereby promoting the growth, welfare, and general progress of the Foundation;
  4. Adhere to compliance with all legal requirements pertaining to gift acceptance and reporting;
  5. Cultivate and solicit major donor prospects and lead the strategic planning for the entire development program.



  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college required (Master’s degree preferred);
  2. At least eight years of development experience with a proven record of success in fund-raising;
  3. Experience in the planning and execution of a capital campaign;
  4. Previous supervisory experience with success in motivating, mentoring and inspiring others;
  5. Experience in training, managing, and motivating volunteers and staff;
  6. Strong organizational, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  7. Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  8. Willingness to travel and ability to work evenings and weekends.


Salary and Benefits:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply:  To be considered for this exciting professional opportunity, send via mail or email a resume and cover letter outlining your background and qualifications for this position to Tracy Norcross, President, Barnes & Roche, Inc., 919 Conestoga Road, Rosemont, PA, 19010-1375, or


Applications will be held in confidence at this stage in the search.



Prospect Researcher

Clarion University Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization has an immediate opening for a full time prospect researcher to assist with producing, updating and tracking donor/prospect research reports.  The position reports to the COO/CFO.
Job requirements include but are not limited to:
  • Bachelor’s degree and two years research experience;
  • Knowledge of data mining tools as well as computer proficiency including the use of Microsoft Office products;
  • Valid PA Driver’s License required;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written presentation skills and capability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically and creatively a must. 
Competitive salary and benefits package including, but not limited to paid vacation, holidays, health and life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.  Please apply in writing with letter of interest and resume to Deb Everett. No phone calls please.


Development Officer (1 positions available)

Clarion University Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization has an immediate opening for a Development Officer to focus on giving to support Clarion University by developing, cultivating, securing, and acknowledging major gifts of $10,000 and greater to Clarion University Foundation, Inc. in a fast paced self-motivated goal-oriented environment. The position also assists with special events and other fundraising activities. Bachelor's degree and prior annual income of at least $30,000 required. Effective interpersonal communication skills as well as written and organizational skills are critical. Valid PA Drivers License and weekly regional travel also required. Prior direct experience preferred, but not required. Competitive salary and benefits including, but not limited to paid vacation, holidays, health and life insurance, and 403 (b) retirement plan. EEO. No phone calls please.

updated 7-21-14