Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Development - General, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development’s primary responsibility is to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors capable of making $50,000+ gifts in support of the College of Natural Sciences. The Associate Director of Development will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, and present comprehensive proposals that match the fundraising priorities of the College of Natural Sciences. Examples include, but are not limited to: soliciting gifts to establish endowed chairs and professorships, as well as naming opportunities for related buildings and research centers. The Associate Director of Development will work in a dynamic team environment, and work in collaboration with central development partners to ensure we maximize and celebrate the philanthropic support of our donors. The Associate Director of Development must be results-oriented with professional characteristics that include leadership, attention to detail, commitment to confidentiality, flexibility, team-orientation, and commitment to cultivating long-term relationships. The Associate Director of Development must work with limited supervision, be able to solve problems, use discretion and determine the best course of action in consultation with the Executive Director of Development. There will be opportunity to advance to Director of Development when goals are met/exceeded on a consistent basis.
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of four years of experience as a development officer, or major gift officer in an institution of higher education or equivalent complex organization. • Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license at time of hire. • Must have the ability to conduct overnight business trips.
• History of cultivating and successfully soliciting $50,000+ major gifts. • Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising in higher education. • Ability to work effectively with academic and administrative leaders as well as prospects and benefactors to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals. • A strong understanding of all facets of fundraising including the annual fund, corporate relations, foundation relations, planned giving, stewardship, and major gift fundraising. • Ability to work independently and within a team environment. • Excellent oral, written, communication and interpersonal skills. • Experience in or an understanding of the science community. • Ability to manage projects from start to finish while including the staff and units necessary to complete associated tasks. • Ability to respond and adapt to changing situations appropriately, while maintaining openness to new ideas. • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. • Ability to accommodate flexible work arrangements and travel.
Additional Salary Information: There may be an opportunity to advance to Director of Development when goals are met/exceeded on a consistent basis.