Development Officer, Community Engagement

George W. Bush Presidential Center
July 21, 2021
Dallas, Texas, TX
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Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.

Essential Responsibilities

The Development Officer of Community Engagement is responsible for the development and execution of North Texas corporate and foundation fundraising engagement and associated fundraising goals.  The Development Officer creates and builds relationships across the North Texas region with corporations and foundations, with the goal of meaningful, sustained and active financial support of the programs of the Bush Center. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Community Engagement Fundraising Activities

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward foundations and corporations whose interests and priorities align with fundraising needs of the Bush Center and Bush Institute programs.
  • Facilitate communications regarding designated funding opportunities with corporations and foundations.
  • Work with the Bush Center’s External Affairs team to develop collateral and other tools to help communicate donor benefits to foundation and corporate constituencies.
  • Effectively communicate the mission of the Bush Center to donors and prospects.
  • Communicate and coordinate with corporate and foundation partners to ensure that allotted benefits are received in a timely manner
  • Travel to meet with donors and prospects as appropriate.
  • Work with Development and Operations teams to ensure accurate and timely:
    • Submission of grant and other proposal requests.
    • Production of meeting follow-up letters and interest letters.
    • Acknowledgment of contributions.
    • Reporting requirements as needed.
  • Review, update and refresh the community engagement portfolio as appropriate.
  • Work with the Corporate & Foundation team to manage research and stewardship plans for corporations and foundations, including donor recognition, continued donor engagement, and customized reporting.

Strategy and Prospecting Activities

  • Develop fundraising plans for annual fund, Bush Institute programs, and museum related support; focus on local foundations and corporations.
  • Identify strategies to strengthen relationships with current foundation and corporate donors.
  • Design creative strategies to position program benefits and structure funding arrangements based on donor needs.
  • Identify new local foundation and corporate prospects.

General Development Activities

  • Oversee donor involvement leading up to events to ensure flawless delivery
  • Work closely with Bush Center program directors and managers to stay current on goals, programs, and outcomes of each program.
  • Record relevant contacts with donors and prospects and related development activities in the Bush Center’s database.
  • Complete other tasks as needed and/or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of fundraising experience in professional and/or nonprofit environment.
  • Strong existing local professional networks with foundations and corporations.
  • Computer and technological literacy; experience with Raiser’s Edge, or comparable fundraising database, is preferred.
  • The ability to travel often locally, and occasional travel outside the region, as necessary.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate superb communication and collaborative skills to work effectively in a dynamic organizational environment.
  • Evidence prompt, professional interaction with high level internal and external customers.
  • Provide a proven track-record of highly driven, results-oriented work ethic.
  • Evidence a make-it-happen spirit and a collaborative team style.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.

Position:             Development Officer, Community Engagement

FLSA Status:      Exempt

Reports to:         Regional Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Department:       Development

Division :            Corporate & Foundation Relations

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to the website,, and click on "About" at the bottom of the page. Then click on "Careers". You will be redirected to our employment site, where you can submit an online application to the position.

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