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Director of Development

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: S000069
Posting Type: External - Open to All Applicants
Job Title: Director of Development
Position Title:
Position Type: Administrative Staff
Classification: 2
Department: University Advancement
Benefits Summary:

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription insurance, Life insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance, Unemployment insurance, and Total Disability insurance. Retirement: The University contributes 4% of the regular salary with up to 3% additional in matched contributions into the TIAA Retirement Program. Other benefits include tuition remission for employee, spouse, and employee’s dependent children under the age of 25 (this does not include the last two year of the PharmD program or the JD), twenty days of vacation and twenty days of paid medical leave per year.

Pay Band:
Job Summary:
Scope:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Development (Director) is a key member of the development team. The Director is responsible for devising and executing a comprehensive major gift fundraising plan to maximize charitable support for the University and the designated college to which s/he is assigned through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects. Several of the chief tasks include maintaining a portfolio of prospects, contacting donors, developing and promoting programs, and effectively managing data.

Principal Responsibilities:

The new Director of Development will:

• be an ambitious and dynamic development professional who is dedicated to building a strong major gift and philanthropic culture throughout his/her designated college;
• have a successful history of closing major gifts, and identifying, attracting, and adding new donors;
• partner with the Vice President and Dean of the assigned college on matters including the establishment and implementation of all of the major gifts fundraising strategies, plans, and goals;
• support, assist, and partner with other development staff and institutional leaders;
• demonstrate effective strategic skills to connect and engage alumni, faculty, donors, and local and national philanthropists in major gift opportunities;
• be creative, innovative, and have a strong background in fundraising while working collaboratively; and
• have a passion for the impact that ONU can have on students, alumni, and the community.

Key Job Functions:

• Maintain an active portfolio of capable prospects who support the designated college’s and University’s mission
• Meet or exceed specific goals for donor contacts during the year
• Work with the Dean, senior faculty, and other University officials on appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits
• Develop and promote donor acquisitions and renewal programs
• Manage data in order to improve renewal and upgrade rates, average gifts, and other measurable results
• Conduct analysis and processing for various appeals
• Identify and cultivate potential Lehr Society donors in conjunction with the Office of University Advancement
• Plan and implement development and alumni engagement strategies that promote a comprehensive understanding of the college’s mission, goals and priorities
• Work closely with Alumni Relations and volunteer leadership to develop relationships with alumni and donors
• Work with others on fundraising and alumni engagement activities
• Participate in University-wide and college alumni events to further alumni engagement activities

Required Skills:

The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of fundraising, particularly advancement in a higher education setting and planned giving vehicles, as well as strong behavioral competencies and attributes described below.

Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills:

• Experience in fundraising and advancement strategies and techniques
• Expertise and demonstrated success in major gift strategies and practices in higher education, including the responsibility to ensure compliance with governmental and University policies and regulations
• Technology skills including computer literacy, familiarity with the internet, social media, word processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs

Behavioral Competencies and Attributes:

• A high level of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the mission and goals of the institution
• High-level and effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
• Ability to accomplish tasks in collaboration with and through others in a higher education organization
• Very strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be persuasive with a variety of constituents
• Ability to organize fundraising activities effectively, prioritize prospects, and participate in high-level gift discussions
• Strong leadership and management acumen
• Experience working as a part of a team
• Very effective communication skills (including, verbal, written, presentation, and listening skills)
• Ability to establish priorities, goals, and timelines and achieve quantifiable outcomes
• Passion for the work; ability to lead with vision
• Orientation toward action and results
• Ethics and integrity in all activities internal and external to the University Qualification

Minimum Qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field
• Significant experience (five+ years) in fund development functions
• Experience in engaging constituencies and working with volunteers
• Record of developing and implementing effective fund development plans and achieving metric-driven goals
• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• A valid driver’s license and safe driving record

Preferred Qualifications:

• Graduate degree and CFRE are desirable
• Successful experience at a like-sized higher education institution or complex nonprofit organization

College Description:
Appointment Length: 12-months
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Status: Full-Time

Supplemental Questions

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Copy of Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Copy of Transcript 2
  2. Other Document