The Director of Development for the Neag School of Education is a front-line fundraiser that generates philanthropic support for the Neag School of Education and University-wide fundraising priorities. The Director manages a caseload of current and prospective major-gift level donors, and moves them towards giving levels that achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals of the Foundation.
Cultivate, solicit, and steward a caseload of current and prospective donors; meet or exceed annual metric goals.
Create written strategic action plans for best prospects with intent of deepening relationships that lead to increased comprehensive giving that includes annual, major, and deferred gifts.
Foster strong working relationships with Foundation colleagues, adhering to Prospect Management Guidelines, and providing timely and appropriate documentation of interactions and solicitations.
Partner with the Assistant VP of Development, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and members of the faculty and staff within assigned constituencies, to manage donor and prospect activity and translate university priorities into fundraising plans and goals.
Articulate fundraising plans and goals to central development staff to broadly engage the Foundation’s fundraising staff and ensure activities are aligned.
Work with Prospect Management to review caseload assignments; track, analyze, and report on progress against goals; complete quarterly reports; and recommend enhancements to increase operational efficiencies, improve communication, and increase donor engagement.
Assemble and engage collaborative teams of staff and volunteers to implement engagement and solicitation strategies.
Other duties as assigned.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.
Demonstrated ability to personally solicit major gifts in the amount of $100,000 and above.
Superb interpersonal skills and ability to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of constituencies; excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrated strategic, leadership, and management capabilities in a comprehensive development environment; high level of motivation and assertiveness.
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, assess and order priorities, and 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; 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.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred.
Minimum four years of experience as a major gift fundraiser or combination of fundraising and related professional experience.
Demonstrated ability to personally solicit major gifts in the amount of $100,000 and above
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive benefits package to include health, dental, 403B with significant match, life, disability and generous time off.
About University of Connecticut 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!
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