Director - Major Gifts

May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director - Major Gifts

Job Posting Number: JPF15017

Department: 6AA-VP Development/Alumni

Job Open Date: 05/01/2017

Screening Date: 05/08/2017

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Grade: 48

Pay Range: $58,043 to $77,390

Position Number: A97180

Benefits: Full tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents, substantial employer contribution to retirement, affordable medical and dental insurance, life insurance, & 12 paid holidays.

Job Category: Staff

Job Type: Full-time

Special Instructions to Applicants

Summary of Duties
Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Major Gifts and Development Programs, the Director of Major Gifts supports and collaborates closely with and has a duel report to the leader of their assigned unit(s). As a member of the University's central development enterprise, the Director of Major Gifts is expected to lead the comprehensive development efforts for the areas assigned by the Associate Vice President of Major Gifts which could change from time to time depending on university development needs.

The winning candidate of this search will be assigned to Student Affairs which has some exciting and unique opportunities. Operating within approved University and Foundation guidelines and strategy, the Director personally manages an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, and is responsible for identifying and qualifying prospects, engaging and cultivating current and prospective donors, directly soliciting donors for major gifts, and stewarding donors. The Director of Major Gifts also coordinates development efforts within Student Affairs and works to build partnerships throughout the university. The Director of Major Gifts also works with volunteer boards and other external groups to help develop relationships that will benefit the various areas within Student Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus three years of staff level experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the Summary of Duties totaling seven years.

Preferred Qualifications
Valid Driver’s License and the ability or means to travel to meetings at other sites related to the nature of this position.

Knowledge of and significant direct experience with fund raising procedures, techniques, and the ability to apply this knowledge in personal fund raising.

Strong knowledge of effective web-based search engines and search strategies.

Knowledge of academic operations, governance, and culture.

Knowledge of gift planning strategies.

Strong aptitude with standard office productivity software which must include Microsoft Office programs.

Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Exceptional interpersonal skills.

Strong strategic planner and critical thinker skills.

Demonstrated ability to work with business, philanthropic, and community leaders.

Ability to plan effective development strategies for donors.

Ability to think conceptually, globally, and understand the comprehensive operation of an institution of higher education.

Ability to appropriately represent the dean/unit leader and the interests of their unit.

Experience with administration, including methods and techniques for the preparation, analysis, and conformity with budgets.

Ability to effectively manage records and databases.

Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Possess a professional outlook and keen sense of accountability and be highly energetic, focused, and outcome-oriented.

Ability to freely navigate multiple campus sites, including visits to other campus locations.

Working Conditions

Flexible work schedule to accommodate donor needs, some evenings and weekends required.

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Utah Valley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/ Disabled/Equal Access Employer. Utah Valley University is committed to an inclusive hiring process and the welcoming of diverse candidates.


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