At the direction of the Assistant Vice President for School and Project Development, the Director of Development for University Projects serves as the development strategist and staff fundraiser for university-wide projects, such as those of the Office of the Provost, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Libraries, and Student Affairs, among other areas.
This individual manages a portfolio of prospects for assigned projects, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies, proposals and associated activities.
In the execution of her/his assignments, the Director of Development coordinates all fund-raising-related activities and serves as the primary liaison with other departments within Development and External Affairs, associated academic leadership, and volunteer leadership and committees.
This person will supervise other fundraisers and administrative staff.
Cultivation & Solicitation: Manage the principal gift portfolio of prospects for assigned projects, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies, proposals and associated activities. Oversee fundraising-related activities including events, correspondence and tracking. Generate regular activity reports and actively communicate with senior leadership.
Leadership & Strategy: Collaborate with DEA and senior leadership to establish development priorities. Set objectives for major gift and annual fundraising. Integrate stewardship and external activities with DEA, including volunteer engagement, alumni programming/events, stewardship programs/events, marketing, public relations and other external functions.
Management: Provide strong leadership for fundraising professionals, staff and volunteers. In close collaboration with the senior leadership and staff, establish and implement a strategic development agenda for volunteers, the executive board and related groups.
Position requires frequent work during the evenings and on weekends. Some travel is required to attend University-related functions and visits with prospects and donors.
Bachelor’s degree and seven years of professional work experience is required.
Master’s degree and five years of professional work experience is required.
Proven major gift ($25,000+) fundraising results required, with demonstrated success crafting strategy, cultivating and soliciting prospects, closing asks and stewarding donors.
Experience working closely with organization leadership and effectively managing and engaging volunteers is also required.
Professional work experience in an academic/higher education setting preferred. Fundraising experience in Dallas is preferred. Familiarity with Dallas and major Texas cities is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must have experience successfully developing, articulating and executing long- and short-term funding and project strategies. Must also be a motivated, self-starter who takes initiative, anticipates challenges, and follows through. The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with a strong work ethic, diplomacy and professional maturity.
Candidate must be a consensus builder with success working in complex organizations; a proven administrator who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and produces high-quality work. Strong project management skills are essential.
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to forge strong working relationships and manage interests of multiple stakeholders. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify, analyze problems and devise solutions. Strong analytical skills and the ability to think collaboratively, strategically and creatively is essential.
Candidate must have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook). Experience with Blackbaud Enterprise or other constituent records database is preferred.
For full consideration candidate must include a cover letter detailing fundraising successes.
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Deadline to Apply:
The position is open until filled.
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