Development Director, Major Gifts

Coral Gables, Florida
May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Development Director will work with the Sr. Development Director for Central Initiatives and Scholarships to develop and implement key fundraising strategies for Richter Libraries top funding priorities and University-wide related Special Projects. The Director will place a strong emphasis on developing a robust major gift donor pipeline in support of Richter Libraries’ special collections. Focus may also include Central Initiatives and Scholarships fundraising projects/campaigns.

Among the administrative and operational responsibilities, the Development Director of Major Gifts will:
Identify prospective donors and funding sources, in conjunction with faculty and staff, and develop cultivation and solicitation plans, involving the aforementioned groups and volunteers, as appropriate.
Develop and oversee a small cadre of volunteers whose purpose is to help identify, cultivate and solicit other prospective donors.
Ensure regular communications and stewardship with donors, including re-solicitations, proper acknowledgement of gifts and pledge payments, reporting, visiting, and providing regular information on the progress of the departments.
Prepare and maintain a master plan of funding priorities, in conjunction with above-mentioned leadership and staff. Determine fundable projects and package them appropriately for consideration by donors.
Develop and implement an annual work plan with measurable objectives and courses of action for all relevant activities during the years.
Make appropriate recommendations to administration, Chairpersons and appropriate faculty concerning their roles and involvement in the identification, cultivation, or solicitation of donor prospects. Facilitate face-to-face interactions with appropriate donor’s and prospects.
Maintain communications with colleagues in other schools and central development to ensure effective collaborations and synergy in achieving the university’s key fundraising goals and objectives.
Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of Richter Libraries top fundraising priorities and University-wide Special Project funding needs, both general and specific to various programs and departments.
Document all contacts, communications, visits, and proposals in RE and other appropriate donor files.
Work with the Sr. Development Director of Central Initiatives and Scholarships to develop appropriate fundraising budgets and revenue projections for annual and campaign giving.
Where appropriate and required, manage support staff, freelance, temporary employees and related volunteer organizations, as determined by senior management.
Provide professional fundraising services and support to other divisions, departments, and centers as required and directed.

• Bachelor’s degree.
• Five years of demonstrated successful experience in major gift fundraising and fundraising management, preferably in higher education. Equivalent combinations of education/experience may be considered.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills are necessary along with the ability to be highly organized, creative, energetic, and assertive and exhibit the independent judgment and personal integrity necessary to carry out a senior management role in fundraising.
• A teamwork-oriented approach to colleagues and proven ability to manage people in a positive and constructive environment are essential. Apply online. Position #: P00001746.

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