Assistant Director of Major Gifts - Education

Mar 20, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director of Major Gifts - Education

Position Category: Staff - Full-Time

Utah Valley University is seeking a high-energy fundraising professional ready to assume a critical role with some of the institution's highest-level donors as the Assistant Director of Major Gifts for The School of Education.
This position will lead comprehensive development efforts for The School of Education and manage an assigned portfolio of donor prospects. The successful candidate will have experience in identifying and qualifying prospects, engaging and cultivating current and prospective donors, and directly soliciting donors for major gifts. Additionally the Assistant Director of Major Gifts will draft and execute gift agreements, gift acceptance letters, funding proposals, and other presentations associated with development work. The Assistant Director will represent The School of Education at key development and alumni events often occurring outside regular business hours.

Required Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline plus two years staff level experience in higher education development or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the Summary of Duties totaling six years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience with administration, including methods and techniques for the preparation, analysis, and conformity with budgets.
  • Strong skills with standard office and productivity software, which must include Microsoft Office Programs.
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong Strategic planner and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated the 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.
  • Ability to effectively manage records and databases.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to freely navigate multiple campus sites, including visits to other campus locations.
  • Demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference given to candidates with more than three years experience as a college-based fundraising professional.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability or means to travel to meetings at other sites related to the nature of this position.
  • Ability to see, hear, talk, walk, sit, fine hand manipulation and lifting up to 10 lbs.

Benefits Summary:
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: $41,804 - $55,739

Advertisement Number: STA68618 Development/Alumni/Donor Staff
Open Date: 03/19/2018
Review Start Date: 04/09/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply on or before the “Review Start Date." This job advertisement may close at any time after the review date. Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

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