Director of Philanthropy

Anchorage, Alaska
Mar 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Serve as lead development campus representative in all conversations related to UA''s comprehensive fundraising initiative/campaign, as well as alumni engagement, communications and marketing conversations/projects.

Lead and coordinate monthly prospect tracking meetings with the development team and the Chancellor.

Liaise closely with Advancement colleagues statewide including at the UA Foundation to ensure robust communication, collaboration and partnership with all major gift, annual giving, donor relations efforts, alumni engagement and communications projects initiatives. Work closely with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Lead Development Officer and development team and the deans to develop and implement a development plan that supports the strategic direction of UAA and UA.

Serve on the SW Development and Alumni Relations Council. Serve as key spokesperson on development initiatives internally (SW) and externally.

Lead UAA''s Development team including Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Planned Giving and Donor Relations. Plan, develop and implement strategies and objectives to meet UAA''s philanthropic goals. Work closely with leads in university relations and alumni relations to integrate, coordinate, collaborate on integrated University Advancement programs that support UAA''s progress toward UAA 2020. Advise and support the UAA Chancellor and Vice Chancellor in external communications, civic involvement, and cultivation and management of prospects in their limited donor portfolios. Interact and strategize with senior leadership teams across the UA system on the management and coordination of major UA/UAA-wide prospects and donors. Serve as the single point of contact for UAA-wide prospects.

Ensure compliance with Board of Regents policies as well as the SW Prospect Management and Tracking System (PMATS) on all fund raising and stewardship activities.

Stay abreast of national trends in higher education fundraising, as well as new tools and technology that may provide growth opportunities for UAA''s philanthropic endeavors.


Advanced knowledge of philanthropic support, fundraising and donor relations. Knowledge of industry trends, best practices and technology. Knowledge of program evaluation methodologies. Strong motivational skills. Demonstrated ability in soliciting major gifts and success in fundraising. Ability to provide sound advice to internal and external stakeholders. Ability to work with community leaders, and executives. Ability to develop and successfully execute strategic fundraising plans.

Program Management and budget skills. Supervisory and management skills. Ability to direct a complex unit involving multiple operations, projects and programs. Ability to recommend long-term and strategic plans. Ability to identify, research and write proposals.

Required Experience:

Significant progressively responsible fundraising experience.

Preferred experience in higher education - 3 to 5 years

Typical Education or Training:

Bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of progressively responsible work experience.