Director of Advancement
Posted on Nov 5, 2020 by Non Profit Organization
The Director of Advancement for the School of Architecture and Planning reporting jointly to the Associate Vice President for University Advancement and the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, the Director of Advancement will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gift prospects for the School of Architecture and Planning. S/he will serve as the leader of the School of Architecture and Planning Advancement team within the division of University Advancement. His/her primary focus will be to solicit and close major gifts (defined as gifts of $50,000 and higher) for the benefit of the School of Architecture and Planning. The position collaborates closely with the central University Advancement team, which provides resources and strategic counsel, and uniform metrics to help drive results within the schools and across the University. The Director also participates in the collaborative effort in building alumni engagement and communicating the Schools mission, vision, and achievements to key donor, alumni, and additional external constituencies. He/she participates in setting annual targets and long-term philanthropic strategy for the School of Architecture and Planning, and helps to organize and set the Schools philanthropic priorities in order to maximizing external support.
Build, grow, and manage a portfolio of approximately 125 major gift prospects based on new and past donors including School of Architecture and Planning Alumni. Major gift prospects are defined as having the capacity to make a $50,000 or higher commitment to the School of Architecture and Planning. The Director of Advancement will be expected to conduct at least 100 prospect visits annually, soliciting and closing 15-25 major gifts and qualifying the same number of new major prospects each year. While yearly gift revenue goals will vary, the Director must build upon a program that currently generates mid-7-figure revenue annually, to achieve the aspiration of an eight-figure program by the end of the campaign.
Collaborate with the Associate Vice President to develop an annual work plan, consistent with prescribed practice in the Division of University Advancement. The workplan will include a personal fundraising goal, goals for number of new major gift prospects identified, number of major gift and annual fund solicitations and number of prospect visits sufficient to meet established fundraising targets.
Collaborate with, and successfully guide academic partners through the major gift prospect development process; supporting them in building lasting and productive donor relationships
Build and maintain volunteer leadership alumni or external constituencies key to the Schools fundraising success. Lead the management of, and recruitment for the Schools Board of Visitors.
Direct the school efforts in planning, executing and marketing events and special initiatives aimed at cultivating donors, engaging alumni, and enhancing the visibility and reputation of the school.
Bachelors degree required and at least five (5) to six (6) years of professional experience with three (3) of those in major gift fundraising, including personal solicitations with a documented record of productivity. Higher Education Experience is preferred.
Skill in using development-related database systems. Possession of current and valid U.S. drivers license appropriate to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
Must be polished, passionate and have exceptional interpersonal skills. Must possess the ability to lead and obtain results from professional colleagues and exceptional ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Must have effective planning skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with generally accepted office procedures, and ability to utilize Internet for research-related duties. Skills in planned giving and wealth management desirable.