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SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS
Fundraising, FT Employee
University of Dallas (Irving, TX)
Together with the Executive Vice President (EVP), the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for the creation of plans, implementation of strategies, and supervision of fundraising and alumni relations programs of the University. The Senior Director leads a staff of nine in annual giving programs, major and planned gifts, corporate/foundation giving, alumni relations. The Senior Director manages numerous programming budgets; consults with both current and prospective donors regarding applicable technical and gift planning matters; directs campaign activities of the University; supervises the publication and distribution of various development and alumni relations publications. The Senior Director and EVP collaborate with the President in conducting other development and alumni relations related business, as needed.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Reporting to the EVP, the Senior Director collaborates to evaluate and implement strategies for long-term fundraising effectiveness and campaign success.
• Hires, coaches, and evaluates development (annual giving, major gifts, corporate/foundation giving and advancement services) and alumni relations staff and sets measurable goals that facilitates individual accountability while achieving organizational goals.
• Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies for each prospective donor. S/he prepares written proposals, informational material, endowment agreements and other documents needed to secure major gifts in a team-oriented environment.
• Collaborate effectively with various University colleges and other University departments to develop and provide key messages and communications for alumni, parents, friends or donors.
• Utilizes fund-raising and engagement data to prepare statistical analyses and attainment reports related to fundraising and alumni engagement efforts.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The successful candidate will:
• Possess a Bachelors degree. Master’s degree and CFRE preferred.
• Ten years of progressively responsible development experience, including management roles, with a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts.
• Higher education fundraising experience preferred. Applicants with commensurate corporate or non-profit experience and a demonstrated dedication to the ideals espoused in the University’s mission will also be considered.
• Devotes at least 50% of time to meet with and ask prospective donors for gifts and support the efforts of colleagues on the development team to do the same.
• Possess strong analytical ability to develop strategies to achieve fundraising goals, analyze results and adjust plans proactively to reflect those results is necessary.
• Experience serving as a liaison to a Board of Trustees.
• Able to communicate comfortably and effectively with various constituent populations.
• Proven experience in recruiting, motivating and managing volunteers and volunteer leadership organizations.
• Demonstrate an understanding of alumni engagement as part of the fundraising process.
• Proven success in supervision of events for a fundraising and engagement outcomes.
• Create a collaborative environment in the development office while also holding individual development and alumni officers accountable to goals.
• Ability to think strategically and creatively in development and implementation of new programs to meet fund-raising goals.
• Be conscientious, proactive, and self-motivated.
• Possess excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team in a service-oriented environment.
• Exhibit strong organization, written and oral communication skills.
• Possess ability to determine goals and set priorities.
• Possess initiative and orientation to detail, efficient, and able to handle diversified tasks concurrently.
• Demonstrate proficiency with PC computers and standard applications (including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). Knowledge of Banner and iModules Encompass a plus.
• Travel, participation in evening and weekend events is required.
• Demonstrate the ability to engage alumni in matters pertaining to the mission of the University and of interest to the various constituents of its community.
This full-time position pays a salary which will be based on an established pay range. Benefits include eligibility to participate in medical, dental, life and disability insurance; paid vacation, holiday and sick leave; tuition waiver for employee and family; and cafeteria and retirement plan contributions as described in the employee handbook. (134)