College Philanthropy Director

Lexington, KY
Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The UK College of Engineering is seeking a creative and strategic leader who brings outstanding organizational and communication skills and who demonstrates prior success as the leader of a comprehensive advancement program of similar scope and complexity. Reporting to the Dean, the Senior Director of Philanthropy is an integral member of the leadership team that sets the strategic direction for the UK College of Engineering, collaborates closely with the UK philanthropy central office, and communicates effectively and transparently with faculty. The College of Engineering has support from a dedicated and professionally diverse Dean's senior advisory council that supports the college's goal to be a top 50 engineering school.
The new Senior Director of Philanthropy will be an experienced advancement professional with a strong track record in fundraising and management. Experience at the leadership level of a comprehensive campaign will greatly help align the College of Engineering with the University of Kentucky's upcoming capital campaign. The Senior Director will work closely with marketing and communication to create a branding theme for the UK College of Engineering for the upcoming campaign. The incumbent will lead a talented and motivated staff of six in a division that includes philanthropy, alumni relations and advancement information services. This leader will apply a holistic approach to college relations that values all the ways in which the college's external constituencies can add value to the college and to the student experience.

The executive search firm of Witt Kieffer has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, you must complete the UK application, apply to the requisition AND contact the Witt Kieffer executive search firm at More information about contacting Witt Kieffer can be found through the link below:

Job Title
College Philanthropy Director

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Working Title
Senior Director of Philanthropy

Department Name
8H050:Engineering Alumni - Development

Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Related Experience

6 yrs

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Physical Requirements

The essential functions of this position require you to: provide visionary and strategic leadership and fiscal and resource management, communicate and build strong working relationships with staff, faulty and other individuals from diverse backgrounds, abide by University guidelines, maintain confidentiality, prioritize and manage work effectively, positively represent the university, report to meetings at different locations both on and off campus as well as work successfully with a team and independently.


8:00 - 5:00 Monday -Friday with evenings and weekends as needed.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal track record of success with foundations and corporations in addition to major/principal gift fundraising, including as the primary strategist and/or solicitor of gifts at the seven-figure level. Additionally, they will have experience with and appreciation for the application of contemporary research and communication technologies in the advancement context, particularly in efforts to engage an increasingly diverse alumni body.

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The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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