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The Director of Development, Engineering, reports to the Executive Director of Development and is a senior leadership position of the Engineering A&D team. The Director of Development is responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift donors, provides management of members of the Engineering A&D team, as assigned by the Executive Director of Development, and works closely with other A&D leaders as well as academic and administrative leaders in Engineering.
Manage a portfolio of 150 major gift, planned giving, and annual fund prospects. Develop and implement plans for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects and involving A&D colleagues, Engineering administrative, and academic leaders as appropriate. Engage prospects and donors in the St. Louis region and other assigned regions. Conduct 125 personal visitations each year, complete 50+ solicitations each year, and qualify 25 new prospects each year.
As assigned by the Executive Director of Development, supervise staff and programs in order to raise major and annual fund gifts for Engineering. Set performance goals and provide mentorship, guidance, and regular feedback on performance to direct reports. In the absence of the Executive Director of Development, may act as head of Engineering A&D with regard to operations and management of staff.
Assist the Executive Director of Development in providing leadership and direction for fundraising efforts, including capital campaigns, major gifts, annual fund giving, special initiatives, and endowment support. Work closely with the Executive Director of Development on the development of campaign preparation, strategy, and execution.
Establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships with the major internal constituents of Engineering, as well as across the University. Develop a broad comprehension of engineering teaching and research programs.
Assist the Executive Director of Development with the planning, execution, and evaluation of special events hosted by Engineering A&D.
Undertake special assignments as needed and perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. Seven years of experience including major gift, planned giving, annual fund, or capital campaign experience.
Other relevant skills:
Supervisory and management skills. Demonstrated capacity to serve as a second-in-command. Appreciation and ability to articulate the mission and aspirations of Engineering and Washington University. Demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individual giving. Ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies within a complex organization. Ability to listen carefully, learn quickly, and work effectively with both internal and external constituencies. Superior communication and writing skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills.
Advanced degree preferred. Seven years of major gift, planned giving, annual fund, and capital campaign experience in a complex university environment.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
The mission of the James McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is to promote independent inquiry in engineering research and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation, and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering brings together faculty, students, and partners to develop innovative solutions to the most urgent challenges facing America and the world: cleaner energy and the environment, cybersecurity and advanced information technology, and better medicine and improved human health.
In early-2019, the school was renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineeriong in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who made a transformative investment in the school. The investment also established the $30 million McKelvey Engineering Challenge, which encourages alumni, partners, parents, and friends to make their own contributions to the school. Donors may support every area within the school, from scholarships and professorships to facilities and the annual fund.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.