Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
Overview: Lourdes University, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. In support of this mission, Lourdes University nurtures a diverse community that supports students in fulfilling their potential, commits to the engagement of faith and reason inspired by our Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions, and provides a holistic, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. Offering bachelor and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and professional studies, Lourdes provides education and preparation for meaningful careers and lifelong learning and fosters personal integrity, ethical understanding, social responsibility, care for all of creation, and a commitment to community service.
Lourdes University is seeking a Director of Donor Relations. Together with the Vice President, this position develops and implements a short and long-term advancement plan to meet established development goals and objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, donations to the Lourdes Society, employee giving campaign, corporate and foundation grants, and endowment gifts.
Carries a portfolio of donors and develops strategies to move new and existing donors through a meaningful cycle of giving.
Provides daily management of advancement staff including establishing annual goals (to support overall goals established in the advancement plan), providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition, and supporting ongoing professional development opportunities.
Works collaboratively and creatively with athletic staff and academic faculty to appropriately position development opportunities and integrate messages in publications, grant submissions, reports, and collateral materials for cultivating and stewarding donors.
Works collaboratively with leadership and key constituents including board members, alumni, grandparents, parents, friends, and community members through (acknowledgement and relationship-building) cultivation efforts.
Clearly articulates and promotes a strong case of support for philanthropy and builds opportunities to create and sustain a culture that understands the relationship between philanthropy and a unique, quality, Lourdes University education.
Oversees management of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, the donor database, and financial reporting.
Meets regularly with the Vice President regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to appropriate committees.
Attends Lourdes University events and activities and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to think strategically and practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented development plan.
Able to set goals, create strategies, and timetables for the Lourdes Society, major and capital gifts, the endowment campaign
Demonstrates servant leadership, embodies the Lourdes University mission, and exemplifies a collaborative, decisive, motivating and engaging communication style.
Excellent managerial skills
Strong focus on prospecting and tactics to build key relationships
High attention to detail
Bachelor's degree is required, Masters preferred
Proven record of accomplishment of fundraising success, particularly by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters. Capital campaign experience preferred.
Minimum of 5+ years of increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising.
Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment.
Working knowledge of development best practices, philanthropy trends, tools and technology, including donor databases, e-mail and online campaigns, and donor research.
Deep appreciation and understanding of the University’s mission and the ability to articulate its values and vision internally and externally.
Experience managing volunteers.
Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills; writing sample will be required.
Ability to work with sensitive information with absolute discretion and a high degree of integrity.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references (all in MS Word or .pdf format only) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. EOE
About Lourdes University
Lourdes University, a private, four-year liberal arts University sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, of Sylvania, Ohio.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.