The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.
The Executive Director (ED) of Major Gifts will report to the Associate Vice President of Advancement and serve as a member of the Campaign Management Team and be responsible for building a broad based and successful major gifts program. The chosen candidate will be responsible for front line fundraising and solicitation of prospects at a high level.
The ED will lead and manage the major gifts staff and develop comprehensive performance plans for the unit. They will be responsible to lead all major giving as the University prepares for and enters into a strategic fundraising campaign. The ED will be responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of the university’s most generous prospects and donors who have the capability of making gifts of $100,000 and above. The ED will also be a strategist and develop staff to successfully solicit major gifts. The work of the ED is accomplished through: the development and maintenance of an astute awareness of social, business, and philanthropic cultures, a comprehensive understanding of the University’s priorities and making persuasive verbal and written cases for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific University needs, and serving as an expert liaison for the University of Dayton community. Serving in a collegial, consultative, and cooperative fashion, the ED is expected to demonstrate and be a model of collaboration in the University of Dayton Advancement community. The ED will also facilitate interaction with major gift prospects by the President, Vice President for Development, senior administrators and deans, and faculty. Travel with the President and/or Associate Vice President, Vice President and occasionally with selected other University officers, faculty, and/or senior volunteers is required.
Additional responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: gathering data, assessing prospects, and developing strategies designed to realize the current and life-time giving potential of individual prospects; ensuring consistent and appropriate contact, facilitating or making solicitations, and ensuring effective relationship management; partnering with the Advancement/Development colleagues to develop, plan and execute a successful capital campaign; and developing and maintaining strong relationships with academic and other unit colleagues on campus, by demonstrating leadership in the development community. Some evening and weekend hours will be required, with attendance at special events expected.