Under general direction, the Development Director serves as a leader within the Development Department and within the assigned School(s); is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift donors as well as cooperation with planned giving and annual giving; plans, directs, and facilitates engagement activities such as event planning and board development; is responsible for moving donors into and through a pipeline of annual, major and planned gifts, while engaging the appropriate colleagues in the process
Participates in strategic planning and manages overall execution of fundraising for the School(s), including managing an active portfolio of ~150 major, planned, annual and Presidents Circle prospects; Collaborates with potential prospects in other Medical Center development schools; leads the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects; partners with dean(s), faculty and staff, development administrative support, and development colleagues to promote strategic development goals; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with School administration, faculty and staff and develops a broad understanding of School-level priorities; collaborates with Planned Giving on a regular and ongoing basis.
Manages external constituents and their experiences while on campus, including volunteers and alumni; represent the School(s) and University in the community, through networking events, industry-specific associations or professional development opportunities; participates actively on committees for special efforts, such as legacy enrollment, alumni affinity group engagement, Homecoming, etc.
Writes solicitation, acknowledgement and thank you communications; collaborates with MarCom for marketing material and Information Technology for online information and updates as well as contribute to or manage social media.
Assists the Dean and other School leadership to develop and maintain School-based boards to further the goals of providing expertise, visibility and funding to the School and/or program.
Assists with the management of scholarships and their funds; develops a communications calendar; reports progress on a regular basis.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
Strong interpersonal/human relations skills
Strong verbal and professional written communication skills
Marketing and presentation skills
Project management skills
Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential clients and diverse groups
Ability to maintain relationships with significant and influential individuals
Ability to solicit major gifts
Ability to adapt and respond to various situations
Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
Ability to travel strategically and obtain results
Ability to articulate the overall mission of the School and the University
Ability to maintain a budget
Ability to diffuse difficult situations and/or handle controversy with decorum and composure
Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently
Strong working knowledge in software programs such as but not limited to Reeher, Excel, and Zoom
Bachelors degree; supplemented with three to five (3-5) years of related work experience.
Preferred Qualifications: A background in fundraising in public health, social work, or healthcare; demonstrated ability to implement effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for prospects and donors; training in development practices, planned giving, and tools through professional associations and continuing education.
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