Pace University seeks an outstanding philanthropy professional and team leader for a senior role as the Executive Director of Major Gifts empowered to develop and execute annual and multi-year campaign strategies to build a robust pipeline of individual donors and prospects for the University. The position will work across all of the University’s schools and programs: Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of CSIS, School of Education, College of Health Professions, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. This individual will be responsible for developing programs and managing the frontline fundraising strategies to significantly expand financial resources available to the University in support of the priorities of the President and the University.
The Executive Director will oversee the strategy and execution on the University’s priorities for growing contributed revenue including its current comprehensive campaign focused on scholarships, capital projects and performing arts programs. The Executive Director will also manage a prospect portfolio of 75-100 individuals and will be responsible for personally soliciting major gifts of $50,000 or more. He/she will work closely with the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations to evaluate regional and international fundraising opportunities. He/she will be responsible for driving departmental fundraising results and formulating/enforcing major gift policies and procedures for the department. He/she will partner with the alumni relations team to create volunteer engagement strategies to maximize potential support from alumni, parents, and friends. The Executive Director will serve as a senior member of the Office to Development and Alumni Relations and will collaborate closely with all areas of the office to advance the major gift program. This position reports to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.
PRIMARY POSITION DUTIES:
Retain, hire, manage, and mentor a team of high-performing major gift officers.
Foster collaborative relationships with peers within the Development department to establish a cohesive team strategy across giving channels that will ensure coordinated donor cultivation toward ongoing revenue growth.
Work closely with the Vice President to create and execute a comprehensive fundraising program for all colleges and schools at Pace University to maximize private gifts from individuals including alumni, parents, and friends of the University.
Management and oversight of frontline fundraising team (13), including staff leadership, providing strategic advice, mentorship, and maintaining performance-based metrics to measure and monitor each director’s activities and fundraising results.
Work with research and systems teams to create and improve upon a suite of tools to support frontline fundraising success.
Manage a portfolio of 75-100 major and principal gift prospects for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Provide timely fundraising reports to the Vice President, University executive leadership, Board level Development Committee and others.
Work closely with alumni relations, annual fund, and stewardship teams to coordinate projects that are strategically designed to cultivate individuals for major gift solicitations.
Serve as a senior member of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. May participate in University-wide and off-campus meetings and functions related to the promotion and advancement of University funding initiatives.
Create and execute a strategy for regional major gift fundraising efforts.
Identify and implement engagement opportunities to build the major gift pipeline and overall philanthropy for the University.
Oversee the budget for programmatic areas managed. Prepare various financial and budget-related reports pertaining to college and school development programs.
Perform other related development, fundraising, special events, and special project services and directed by the Interim VP for Development and Alumni Relations.
As team leader for the Major Gifts group annually evaluate each staff member based on performance and provide strong leadership for consistent growth and improvement.
Performs other such duties as assigned from time to time.
Monday through Friday; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; some evenings and weekends required.
Pace University offers a competitive total rewards package including tuition benefits for employees & their family, and generous time off.
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.
From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.
Pace University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.