The Associate Director of Development assigned to the School of Business is a frontline fundraising position primarily focused on securing leadership ($1,000+), major ($50,000+) and principal ($1,000,000+) gifts. Reporting to the Director of Development, School of Business, the Associate Director supports a collaborative environment between the UConn Foundation and the School. The position provides counsel to the deans and faculty on promoting a positive culture of philanthropy and achieving annual and long-range fundraising goals.
The UConn School of Business is one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation, offering academic programs at the bachelors, masters, doctorate and advanced certificate levels, in four Connecticut locations - Storrs, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury. The School of Business has established a strong reputation for high quality research, teaching, collaboration and outreach, spanning a wide array of functional disciplines including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations and Information Management. The School has nearly 40,000 alumni worldwide and is one of the top four academic fundraising programs at the University historically raising $5-7M in philanthropic support annually.
Secure gift commitments in support of the University of Connecticut with special attention on the philanthropic priorities of the School of Business.
Manage a caseload of major and principal gift donors and prospects through intentional actions that deepen relationships and lead to increased comprehensive giving (regular, special, and deferred)
Assemble collaborative teams of Foundation staff, University faculty and staff, and volunteers to assist with implementing donor engagement plans for key donors and prospects
Execute action plan for retention of regular leadership donors ($1,000+) to the School
Gain confirmation from Dean of the School that gift discussions align with priorities of the University
Draft proposals, gift agreements and naming memorandums in collaboration with appropriate Foundation staff to ensure accurate documentation of gifts
Ensure stewardship of donors to the School
Ensure all major and principal gifts to the School are acknowledged and celebrated
Assist dean in monitoring spending of existing Foundation funds in order to advise on donor messaging and stewardship
Coordinate with School and Foundation staff on overall gift acknowledgement process and special gift stewardship
Build pipeline of major and principal gifts to the School by following referrals and qualifying prospective donors
Key partners for collaboration are the alumni team, prospect research, faculty, and volunteers
Emphasis on connection through personal visits and other substantive contacts
Purposefully use events to bring in new people and facilitate connections with alumni relations, faculty and volunteers
Provide communications and counsel to deans and faculty as well as Foundation on Fundraising for the School
Provide direction to deans, department heads, staff and the faculty on engaging donors in adherence to accepted prospect management guidelines
Assist in translating university priorities into fundraising priorities, plans and goals
Promote the role of fundraising within the School community
Assist in resolving major and principal gift donor issues as necessary
Document activity, proposals and engagement plans in relationship management database to accurately reflect professional Development work
Submit accurate and timely activity reports
Maintain current donor and gift strategies
Document activity and proposals in relationship database
Provide accurate updates on qualified and pending proposals
Foster strong working relationships with Foundation colleagues, adhering to accepted prospect management guidelines
Other duties as assigned.
Superb interpersonal skills and ability to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of constituencies. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors and prospects, and to positively represent the University and Foundation
Adept in use of computers and information management tools
Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40 hour work week
Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal transportation is required for this position. Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
About UCONN Foundation
The University of Connecticut Foundation is a tax-exempt corporation that operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fundraising vehicle for the University, the Foundation's mission is to solicit, receive and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources to support UConn's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service. Private gifts support students, faculty, research and programs at all of UConn's 14 schools and colleges in addition to its world-class research centers and model athletics program.Supporting UConn’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service, The UConn Foundation is a unique and dynamic non-profit. The Foundation is located on campus in Storrs, CT – surrounded by more than 10,000 faculty and staff and 30,000 students. Its mission is to help UConn climb the ranks of elite public universities, it’s currently 19th according to US News & World Report, by raising private funds and managing assets to benefit the University. During fiscal 2014, donors contributed $81.1 million to the UConn Foundation in philanthropic ...support to help students, faculty, and academic programs. The new gifts and pledges exceeded all previous years, making fiscal 2014 the most successful year in Foundation and University history. The Foundation’s new student support initiative will double the amount raised for scholarships and fellowships over the next five year, helping fuel UConn’s ambitious plans for growth. We are seeking dynamic, proven fundraisers to be part of an exciting time for both the University and the Foundation as we experience unprecedented growth, new and exciting research partnerships with industry, and a diverse and academically outstanding student body that brings vibrancy to every corner of the University! If you want to be part of the excitement than please contact us!