Under the direction of the Senior Associate AD/Executive Director of Athletics Development, this position directs the operations of the Athletics annual fund – the Paladin Club – and contributes to the Athletics Development team by managing a major gifts portfolio, raising funds to advance the university’s fundraising priorities in the areas of Athletics annual giving, capital projects, and endowment. The Director plans and implements an ongoing strategy for engagement and annual giving to Athletics from alumni, friends of the university, corporations, parents, lettermen, university faculty and staff, Athletics staff, students and season ticket holders.
Plans and executes an effective annual fundraising campaign for the Paladin Club by engaging alumni, friends, corporations, lettermen, faculty and staff, students and season ticket holders.
Acts as a liaison between Athletics and the University Development office to drive Athletics’ annual fundraising efforts. The Athletics Development staff are essential members of the University Development team.
Coordinates Athletics fundraising priorities, strategies, and prospects with the Sr. Associate AD for External Affairs, the Director of Athletics, and the Vice President of Development.
Manages a portfolio of major gift prospects capable of making gifts of $10,000 and larger to meet annual fundraising goals.
Aggressively seeks new Paladin Club members each year.
Seeks major gifts to advance Athletics priorities in the areas of Athletics annual giving, capital projects, and endowment.
Identifies ways to increase the value of Paladin Club membership for our donors.
Develops a marketing plan and prepares printed and digital materials to advance fundraising efforts.
Works closely with the Athletics External Operations team and University Development Annual Giving to develop compelling messaging for printed materials, digital campaigns, and social media content.
Coordinates with the Athletics Ticket Office on the execution of member benefits, special offers, and ticketing opportunities utilizing priority points. Oversees the fulfillment of parking for football and men’s basketball.
Works with direct reports to assist with strategies related to managing their individual portfolios and advancing donor relationships.
Prepares reports and in depth analysis for the Director of Athletics, Sr. Associate AD/Executive Director of Athletics Development, Associate AD for Finance, and Vice President of Development which reflect the current and long range strategies for Athletics annual giving.
Oversees and manages the Paladin Club budget.
Oversees the hiring and management of Paladin Club personnel, including the Athletics Development Coordinator and Athletics Development Fellow.
Plans and implements fundraising events for purposes of stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation.
Oversees the coordination of the annual Hall of Fame event and facilitates the selection process.
Coordinates the meetings and activities of the Paladin Club Board of Directors.
Consults/provides guidance to coaches regarding annual fundraising strategies for their programs.
Conducts industry research and maintains a professional network to keep pace with current trends, policies, and best practices for athletics development.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree with 5 - 7 years of experience in related field.
Experience fundraising in a higher education setting.
Excellent communication and organizational skills required.
Marketing and public relations experience preferred.
Fundraising experience required.
Must have ability to handle confidential data.
Internal Number: R000817
About Furman University
Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.
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