Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Executive Director of Development, Parent Philanthropy is charged with creating and implementing a comprehensive development program to engage and solicit major and special gift parent prospects, supporting the mission and goals of Loyola Marymount University. The Executive Director will coordinate a collaborative effort amongst development officers to strategically cultivate, solicit, and steward major and special gift parent donors. The Executive Director is personally responsible for soliciting and closing major gifts of $100,000 or more and is expected to successfully manage the parent philanthropy major gifts team.
Typically a Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Master's degree preferred. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
Minimum ten years of experience in development or a related field, preferably in higher education. 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, corporate, and/or foundation solicitations. Experience in promoting and coordinating the involvement of volunteers. Experience should be in progressively responsible positions.
Demonstrated ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects and personally solicit and close gifts. Willingness to travel internationally 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.
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 and preferably knowledgeable of Microsoft Office products, as well as familiarity with Advance or an equivalent system.
Demonstrate successful experience in establishing active boards comprising prominent corporate and community volunteers, alumni and parents, as well as in soliciting gifts from those constituencies.
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.