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University Advancement and College of Built Environments has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director for Advancement.
POSITION PURPOSE The Assistant Director for Advancement, as a member of the CBE Advancement team, will help assist, plan, implement and direct the CBE’s advancement activities and efforts to broaden the base of engagement and investment from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. The Assistant Director’s key responsibilities are direct contact with alumni and friends through portfolio management.
One of the Assistant Director’s key responsibilities is conducting analysis and evaluation of donor qualification through contact with CBE’s alumni and friends. This position will spend the majority of their “discovery” effort meeting with alumni and potential individual donors, either face-to-face, on the phone or through email.
To fulfill the duties of the position, the Assistant Director interacts directly with donors and potential donors, alumni, staff, University advancement officers, vendors, service providers, University officials, and volunteers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES Discovery Lead and create, in collaboration with CBE’s staff and faculty, strategic “discovery” activities for the portfolio that allow for prospect qualification and follow-up.
Manage and coordinate the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects with the active participation of CBE academic leadership. The portfolio will be comprised of rated major gift prospects. Develop and implement strategic steps to build relationships that will result in gifts in support of the program.
Philanthropy and Major Gifts Manage a large portfolio of rated campaign research leads with the potential of raising major gifts. Solicit and close major gifts at all levels.
Professionally and clearly articulate CBE and Departmental vision and funding priorities verbally and in writing to prospects and donors.
Work with the Assistant Dean to ensure strategic solicitations are made and to further develop fundraising opportunities in both annual and major gifts areas.
Collaborate closely with and staff department chairs/faculty and volunteer committees as determined by the Assistant Dean for Advancement.
In cooperation with other advancement staff, develop, lead and/or participate in activities to cultivate and steward prospective donors.
In consultation with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, establish personal goals, objectives and strategies, and develop an annual operating plan.
As it relates to the portfolio, work to track pledge schedules, endowment agreements, customize acknowledgement letters, etc.
As part of the University-wide advancement planning process, assist the Assistant Dean for Advancement in the annual establishment of goals, objectives and strategies for the CBE’s advancement activities. Regularly evaluate programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results to the Assistant Dean.
Other Duties Attend CBE meetings and University meetings as needed.
Participate in professional development opportunities to expand knowledge base for the position.
Represent the School at University, community and professional functions, as appropriate
Perform other related duties as required.
Core Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Functional Expertise Organizational Acumen: Able to size up a situation, balance reason and the interest of others, and act in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success.
Innovation Management: Able to anticipate market trends and be effective in facilitating and managing creative processes to achieve results in self and others.
Planning & Implementing: Ability to develop strategies, measures for success and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and execution.
Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests.
Fundraiser Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with UW.
Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results.
Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals.
Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
REQUIREMENTS A bachelor’s degree and three years of progressively responsible experience in development/advancement, with experience cultivating and soliciting major gifts. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience.
An exceptionally strong background in sales may substitute for prior development experience.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, web/social media management, database management, and graphic design (MS Office, MS Access, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc.)
DESIRED Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
Knowledge of UW Advancement policies and procedures, including use of the development database software ADVANCE.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.
Frequent local travel expected.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
BENEFITS As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready.
Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed
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