Director of Development for the Harte Research Institute

Director of Development for the Harte Research Institute

Job Title
Director of Development for the Harte Research Institute

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Institutional Advancement

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Type

Job Description
  • Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in coordination with the leadership of the Harte Research Institute, the Director of Development is responsible for managing relationships and securing support from mid to major giving donors to advance the Harte Research Institute (HRI). This individual will manage a personal portfolio of giving prospects and will work closely with the Institute's faculty and staff, both within HRI and around the Gulf of Mexico Region both domestically and with the Institute's International partners, to promote the acquisition of gifts. This position will work closely with the entire Development and Institutional Advancement team to ensure coordination among individual giving programs.

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni and friends of HRI for mid to major level gifts.
  • Create and present solicitation proposals for consideration according to the donor's interests, propensity to give and giving capacity to support HRI activities.
  • Record and document in a timely and accurate manner contacts with donors and prospective donors.
  • Coordinate with the Stewardship Coordinator and HRI leadership for an effective plan for donor recognition.
  • Attend and assist at designated University and Institutional Advancement events.
  • Act as a liaison between HRI and Institutional Advancement for day-to-day operational issues.
  • Participate in key community organizations and attend key community events as determined by HRI priorities and departmental goals.
  • Meet with HRI leadership on a weekly or more frequent basis, to advance development goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned that support HRI development goals.

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Five (5) years of experience in individual major gift fundraising.
  • Additional education may be used to substitute for the experience requirement.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and manage details within the broader vision of the University.
  • Ability to maintain clear, accurate records and timely reports.
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally and ability to work some night and weekend hours as events dictate.
  • Passionate about the mission of the Harte Research Institute and the well-being and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Three to five (3-5) years' experience in alumni relations, development, fundraising, or event management.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience in the conservation or environmental science space.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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