Director of Regional Development- UT Foundation

Knoxville, TN
Jun 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Regional Development

East Tennessee

University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center


The University of Tennessee Foundation seeks to fill a position with an experienced fundraising professional for a major gifts role for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. (UTHSC) Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Regional Development for this region will serve as the external relations professional representing all six colleges on the Health Science Center’s campus. This position’s coverage area includes East Tennessee, and other states nearby and on the West Coast. On some occasions, this position may also be expected to cover other territory, as well.  Additionally, the candidate will also work directly with the Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville and with Audio and Speech Pathology.  Responsibilities include building a portfolio of major gift prospects through ongoing identification work and one-on-one discovery calls based on fundraising goals as assigned; develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects; tripartite asks which include annual, major, and planned gift commitments, are to be the focus of discussions; build close working relationships with UTHSC’s major internal and external constituencies which include the Chancellor and his leadership team, college Deans and their faculties, and members of related academic, administrative, research, and clinical programs; volunteers and alumni;  work with colleagues, faculties and volunteers in identifying annual and major gift prospects; develop a broad knowledge base of the six colleges in order to interpret and represent its strengths, strategic plan and funding priorities; engage in timely stewardship activities and to collaborate with colleagues in the coordination of all prospect activities; support the overall goals of the department and be an active participant in UTHSC development and alumni affairs; engage planned giving staff as appropriate on prospective donor calls; accept other major assignments from the Senior Director of Regional Development or the designee that will benefit the overall program; travel as required; comply with the department’s policies and procedures. 

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, University of Tennessee Health Science Center serves thousands of patients across Tennessee every day, with nearly 3,000 students enrolled at major campuses in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, plus 1,200 medical resident and fellows in training. The UT Foundation Advancement manages all alumni, development, and philanthropic endeavors of the University of Tennessee and its Health Science Center campus in support of academics, research, clinical care and public service.

UT Foundation’s central services provide support the mission to raise financial, public and political support for the University of Tennessee. Nearly 50 employees work together to engage and build meaningful relationships with alumni.

This position will report to and work for UT Health Science Center in Memphis but the candidate will need to be based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is highly preferred. A minimum of five to seven years direct experience in development, stewardship, advancement services, sales or a comparably complex organization or role. Successful candidate must possess a high level of motivation, initiative, flexibility, and creativity with ability to focus and prioritize assignments.  The ability and willingness to travel is required. The ability to successfully build close working relationships is required. Previous experience with donors is desirable. Previous experience interacting with donors is highly desirable. Experience with fundraising software such as Advance is preferred.

A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UTFI reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances.  In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.

Skills:   The preferred candidate must have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex environment, be flexible, creative, and have the ability to prioritize.  The ideal candidate will be able to effectively interact with important constituencies. The preferred candidate will possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of science education and to the principles governing the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  EEO/AA employer.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile. Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity.

Use keyword 21000000YO to apply to this position from the link below.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation’s legal duty to furnish information.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Hsc Development Pay
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 3, 2021, 6:58:31 AM

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