Director of Development Leadership Annual Giving

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Director of Development Leadership Annual Giving


UNT-Advancement - Gen-170000

Job Location:


Full Time/Part Time:


Salary Information:

$56,000 - $65,000

Department Summary:

The University of North Texas seeks a motivated, team oriented professional to join our Advancement team as a Leadership Annual Giving Officer. The Leadership Annual Giving Officer will collaborate with members of the Advancement team to solicit leadership annual gifts from alumni and friends of UNT. The candidate must have proven experience in soliciting gifts of $1,000 or more. This position requires some weekend hours and some travel.

Position Overview:

While reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Donor Relations and Annual Giving, the Leadership Annual Giving Officer will work closely the Associate Vice President for Development and the Senior Director of Annual Giving to create and implement strategies to acquire, retain and upgrade donors in leadership annual giving segments. The Leadership Annual Giving Officer will be responsible for communicating the vision and mission of the University of North Texas to alumni and friends primarily through face-to-face visits.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and four years of professional experience in fundraising, donor relations, public relations, or sales: or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Extensive knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles.
• Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with internal and external constituents.
• Ability to plan, organize, develop and execute strategies.
• Ability to mentor and coach colleagues or direct reports.
• Ability to manage time, personnel, financial, and physical resources effectively.
• Exceptional communications skills.
• Ability to master University policies and procedures and apply these in specific situations.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic advancement plans related to leadership annual gifts
  • Ability to understand the major gifts pipeline and how the alumni affairs, annual fund and leadership annual giving support it
  • Ability to remain sensitive and confidential with donor information
  • Ability to work independently, but collaboratively within a complex Advancement unit
  • Ability to create reports to enhance fundraising performance, analysis and strategic planning
  • Detailed-oriented with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Demonstrated ability with the Microsoft Suite of products; The Raiser’s Edge experience preferred
  • Good driving record and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel and work evenings as needed

Required License / Registration / Certification:

Possession of a valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment; ability to drive a vehicle and maintain coverage under University liability insurance policy, if required to drive University vehicles.

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; some evenings and weekends required

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Director, Development

Physical Requirements:

Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate


Successfully solicit leadership annual gifts ($1,000 to $24,999)


Maintain a portfolio of donor prospects with the goal of acquiring, retaining and upgrading leadership annual gifts


Collaborate with the Senior Director of Annual Giving to renew and retain Diamond Eagles members ($1,000 annually) and increase overall membership by no less than 15% annually


Effectively manage prospects in all phases of the development cycle: identification, discovery, qualification/disqualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship


Manage assigned discovery visits to secure appointments by utilizing a multi-channel approach (phone, email, mail, social media, etc.)


Meet or exceed all assigned KPIs/metrics


Refer donors or prospects to major gift officers, as appropriate


Be familiar with CASE best practices related to higher education fundraising


Utilize The Raiser’s Edge system strategically to track activities


Attend donor events, as appropriate


Manage ad hoc fundraising projects as assigned

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Job No:
Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 9/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time