The Executive Director of Development designs and implements a comprehensive development program to engage and solicit planned giving prospects in order to achieve established development goals and metrics. The Executive Director is personally responsible for soliciting and closing major gifts of $100,000 or more and currently manages one Director of Development. As a centrally based development professional, this position is responsible for collaborating with all University Advancement development colleagues to understand and communicate funding opportunities across all areas of the University that may resonate with planned giving prospects.
Typically a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience. Master's degree/JD preferred. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
Minimum 10 years' experience in development or a related preferably with a focus on gift planning. A track record that demonstrates solid fundraising results and demonstrated success soliciting and closing major gifts. This includes the ability to plan, organize and implement fundraising activities effectively, as well as participate in high-level individual solicitations. Experience in promoting and coordinating the involvement of volunteers. Experience should be in progressively responsible positions.
Demonstrated ability to run a comprehensive planned giving program: set priorities, coordinate multiple projects, personally ask, and close gifts. Willingness to travel and work occasional weekend/evening hours. Deal effectively and comfortably with high-level donor prospects. A high energy, goal oriented worker who is well organized and personable. Utilize a creative approach to fundraising projects. Ability to effectively communicate the vision, values and mission of Loyola Marymount University, while capturing the interest of the prospect.
Demonstrated successful experience working with boards comprising prominent corporate and community volunteers and alumni.
Ability to collaborate with colleagues across multiple areas (i.e., academics, communications, business and finance, administration, government and community relations, external partnerships) to bring projects to completion successfully.
Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information.
Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.
Demonstrated computer competency in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and preferably have knowledge of Advance or other comparable fundraising systems
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.