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Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Saint Paul School of Theology
Leawood, Kansas
Competitive salary range for comparable positions

SUMMARY:  The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations reports to the President and serves in partnership with the President to lead all development, alumni, and community engagement initiatives for the Seminary. The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations must be able to quickly assess a successful development program and then bring to that program a robust future philanthropic program both internally and externally. To accomplish a successful and strong program the successful candidate must work in a collaborative way across the spectrum of constituents. The new Executive Director must be strategic, results driven, and innovative. The successful candidate must embody a spirit of service and lead with a desire to lift up, support, and empower those with whom they work.

In addition, the new Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations must have documented extensive leadership experience, combined with a strong passion for the vision, mission, and goals of the United Methodist Church, as well as for the constituents with whom the Seminary works and serves. 

In a world of multi-dimensional communications, the successful candidate must have demonstrated achievement in utilizing traditional and social media to attain advancement goals. The use of electronic donor management and prospect research systems are assumed competencies for the incumbent in this position.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position builds, leads, and mentors a capable Development, Alumni, Communications, Advertising, and Public Relations (Marketing/Social Media) program; defines annual objectives using metrics that can be measured and evaluates personnel in accordance with achievements; and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Seminary policies and applicable laws. Management responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Advancement Responsibilities:

  • Lead and direct all marketing and fundraising campaigns and develop and implement associated policies and procedures. Inherent in meeting this responsibility is a demonstrated competence in using social media for marketing and fundraising purposes.
  • Possess five or more years of experience with electronic data management of donor records, communications flow strategies, prospect research as well as an understanding of the use of analytics in the work of the development office.  Saint Paul utilizes DonorView as its donor management system.
  • Implement recommendations from a recently completed campaign feasibility study.
  • Position the institution to launch a comprehensive campaign within twenty-four months of assuming responsibilities in this position.
  • Gauge progress toward goals with monthly and annual reporting; set performance objectives and metrics; monitor and provide periodic progress reports to President, BOT, and senior leadership.  Must have ability to make concessions and changes when needed to achieve results.
  • Craft and implement a comprehensive fundraising and marketing plan which reflects the priorities of the Seminary’s strategic plan, including:
  • Annual Campaign which includes a strong on-line and personal strategies
  • Alumni Relations/ Donor organizations/clubs
  • Direct Mail campaign
  • Special events fundraising
  • Planned giving program
  • Grants
  • Catalytic fund-raising opportunities
  • Oversee development and maintenance of donor and potential donor database.
  • Manage donor cultivation and stewardship programs.
  • Develop individual and corporate gifts from annual to major to legacy gifts.
  • Interact regularly and as needed with Seminary Board Members, Foundation Board Members, community leaders, current and prospective donors, alumni, volunteers, staff, faculty, and other development professionals.
  • Represent Saint Paul School of Theology to the community when appropriate.
  • Introduce the President to major donor prospects and assist the President in meeting with them.
  • Serve on Saint Paul School of Theology’s Executive Leadership Team.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships for Saint Paul in the community.

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