Philanthropy Director Assistant

Job description

Managed jointly by the UK Philanthropy Office and the Office of Student and Academic Life (SAL), the Philanthropy Director Assistant (Director of Philanthropy) is responsible for the overall leadership of philanthropy activities within SAL. With a primary focus on major gift fundraising at high giving levels, the incumbent will engage in progressively more sophisticated philanthropic giving conversations with major gift donors and prospects of greater capacity.

S/he is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors and prospects with a giving capacity of $25,000 or more. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and maintaining a well-rounded portfolio of between 125 and 150 donors and prospects, and making a minimum of 144 substantive face-to-face visits with major gift donors and prospects a year in order to advance the philanthropic relationship between them and the university. S/he will create a cultivation/solicitation strategy for each prospect for whom a major gift solicitation is planned. A minimum of 20 - 30 major gift proposals/solicitations prepared and delivered annually is required. The incumbent will be responsible for closing a minimum of 15 - 20 gifts annually with an additional 5 - 8 in the pipeline for solicitation the following year, raising a minimum of $750,000 - $1.5 million annually as a direct result of individual portfolio activity.

S/he will be an active participant in the daily activities of SAL, particularly those relating to philanthropy. Under the direction of SAL administration, the incumbent will contact department heads, faculty and staff as appropriate on philanthropic initiatives in their respective units. Create and participate with any volunteer philanthropy leaders. Other duties as assigned.

Job Title
Philanthropy Director Assistant

Requisition Number

Working Title
Director of Philanthropy - Student & Academic Life

Department Name
14000:Office Of Development

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

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Required Related Experience

5 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

This position will require the ability to utilize phone, computer, mouse, and keyboard for extended periods of time. Will require travel across the University as well as travel to external locations. May also require lifting objects up to 10 pounds.


Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.


The ideal candidate will be a strong, collaborative leader with a proven record of success in building and sustaining relationships that foster major gift giving. This position requires an individual who understands person-to-person relationships and has the ability to convincingly articulate the vision and priorities of the College and University and match them to the interests of prospective donors. Familiarity with planned giving, charitable gift arrangements as well as demonstrated experience in marketing, philanthropic messaging and persuasive writing is also desirable. This person will have experience managing and developing a fundraising team in the environment in which accountability-based metrics are used as benchmarks for performance.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years of professional fund raising experience, including experience as a major gift officer, expertise in planned giving, a demonstrated record of success and a minimum of 2 years in successful management of fundraising work plan and staff. Experience at a Land-grant, or similar higher education institution and an understanding of the Land-grant mission is preferred.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

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.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of experience do you have working with the cultivation of donors in a college or university setting?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years, up through 10 years
    • More than 10 years
  2. * How many donors have you managed at, or moved up, to contribute $25,000 + annually?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 15
    • More than 15, up through 30
    • More than 30, up through 45
    • More than 45, up through 60
    • More than 60
  3. * What are the three attributes/skills you deem most useful in developing strong alumni/donor relationships?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many years of paid work experience do you have developing and managing a portfolio of major gift prospects (individual donors, not grants)?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  5. * What would you deem to be the best practice for engaging donors?
    • Awards and recognition for contributors/contributions
    • Small group gatherings
    • One-to-one meetings with faculty or administrators
    • Encouraging their volunteer support for a special projectOther
    • Other
  6. * If you answered Other to Question 5, please explain. If you answered something different than Other, please answer None.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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    Posted: 11/3/2018
    Application Due: 12/3/2018
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