The Assistant Director of Development will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $25,000 and larger for Vanderbilt University, with a focus on outright gifts and pledges to its colleges and schools. The Assistant Director will be assigned to support the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Basic Sciences (SOM/SON/BS).
The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Actively cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts by:
Conducting 100+ visits (electronically or in-person as deemed appropriate) annually with prospects capable of making annual gifts and pledges of $25,000+
Effectively communicating results of prospect visits to appropriate personnel, such as other development staff, with particular emphasis on major donor prospect identification
Qualifying 4-8 major donor prospects each year
Using data to identify prospects for annual gifts and larger
Support retention and increased giving of current leadership donors
Establish oneself as a knowledgeable staff member by:
Learning the Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt and SOM/SON/BS's responsibilities to the mission
Attaining an in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals in SOM/SON/BS.
Cultivate relationships with Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff, Deans and administrators within SOM/SON/BS, and Vanderbilt University as a whole. In addition, cultivate relationships with external constituencies such as alumni, parents, and friends of the University by:
Collaborating with DAR staff to build and maintain best practices in giving
Establishing a sound working relationship with DAR staff to enhance collaboration. This includes working with major gifts officers, operations/advancement services, school leadership, reunion teams, and the DAR leadership team.
Enhance departmental performance standards by:
Performing as a team player
Maintaining a level of reliability that generates stability in the department
Meeting or exceeding department performance standards
Fostering a spirit of cooperation
Contribute to departmental efficiency by:
Understanding and effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Clearly communicating concerns and questions to supervisor and staff
Soliciting guidance from supervisor and co-workers when uncertainty arises
Conveying thoughts to supervisor on improving departmental performance
Performing other duties as assigned
Approach each situation with a professional attitude by:
Exercising good judgment in discussing issues and results
Maintaining composure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations
Respecting the need for confidentiality of donors and colleagues
Internal Number: 2000881
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