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Director of Development (Major Gift Officer)

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6 Days Ago

Job Description

OVERVIEW

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Major Gift Officer (Director of Development) position within University Advancement.

 

There are two open positions.  One position supports our Dougherty Family College (DFC) and School of Education (SoEd.) and the other supports our Morrison Family College of Health (MFCOH). Both positions will office out of both St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.  Please indicate which position you are interested in being considered for when you apply. 

 

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO).  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

 

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits

 

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Senior Director for Development, the Major Gift Officer (Director of Development) is responsible for cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding major donors with an emphasis on raising unrestricted and restricted funds for areas of greatest need within the Morrison Family College of Health (College of Health) or Dougherty Family College (DFC)/School of Education (SoEd.). This position will play a central role in major gift fundraising and will have responsibility for cultivating and soliciting gifts $50,000 or greater. The position will work directly with the Senior Director of Development to identify and solicit prospects for capital projects and campaign priorities for the College Health or DFC/SoEd.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1.  Fundraising, College of Health/DFC/SoEd. Support, and Portfolio Management

Fundraising

The Director of Development for the College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will raise major gifts ($50,000 or more) in support of priorities by qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of major gift prospects and effectively moving prospects through the donor gift cycle. The Director of Development will maintain in-depth knowledge of institutional priorities and programs and use donor-centric industry best practices to match donor interests with them.

 

College of Health/DFC/SoEd. Support

This position will work solely with the College of Health/DFC/SoEd. and will support their specific fundraising priorities.  This will entail the following duties:

   ·   Meeting regularly with the Senior Director of Development to develop strategies for college/school prospects

   ·   Assisting the Senior Director of Development with the unit’s annual and three-year fundraising plan

   ·   Attending faculty meetings, meetings with the Dean, retreats, and other events as appropriate to stay abreast of fundraising priorities and other significant developments

   ·   Representing the College of Health/DFC/SoEd. at events as needed

   ·   Staffing the Dean and relevant department staff and faculty for donor visits as needed

 

Portfolio

The Director of Development for College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will work with Prospect Management and Research professionals to prioritize prospects, ascertain their stage in the giving cycle, enter and track solicitations, and maintain a balanced portfolio. A proposal-based system is used to track prospect stages and solicitations, as well as to establish and monitor personal performance goals.

 

Planning and Performance

The Director of Development for College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will prepare an annual work plan that includes strategies and solicitation plans for each donor prospect, including target amounts and target dates and engagement strategies. The annual plan will form the basis of the Director’s work throughout the year as well as serve as the basis for annual performance goals and metrics.

 

Collaboration

The Director of Development for College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will collaborate with campus partners on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors. The Director will work with communications and donor relations staff to develop compelling proposals for identified areas of donor interests and will engage campus leaders, faculty and staff to advance relationships with the university as appropriate. Using a donor-centric model of engagement, the Director will work collaboratively with other development and university staff to cultivate prospects with multiple giving interests. The Director will work in partnership with Donor Relations to develop meaningful stewardship plans that help donors understand the impact of their gifts.

 

 

2.  Reporting and Data Management

The Director of Development for College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will complete and file timely contact reports of donor/prospect contacts by utilizing the donor database; maintain accurate and relevant records within the database.

In partnership with Development management and Prospect Management & Research partners, the Director of Development for College of Health/DFC/SoEd. will track progress towards individual and team goals adjusting strategies when necessary in order to deliver on strategic objectives. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Five years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success with soliciting and closing major gifts
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or eligible for legally required exemption such as a medical or religious reason

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

 

There are two open positions.  One position supports our Dougherty Family College (DFC) and School of Education (SoEd.) and the other supports our Morrison Family College of Health (MFCOH). Both positions will office out of both St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.  Please indicate which position you are interested in being considered for when you apply. 

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of higher education environment
  • Familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university

 

HOW TO APPLY

All interested candidates must apply online at https://www.stthomas.edu/jobs/. Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.

 

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

Official job posting is available at www.stthomas.edu/jobs.

Company Overview

  • Website stthomas.edu
  • Headquarters SAINT PAUL, MN
  • Size 3,000 - 7,500
  • Founded 1885
  • Type NGO/NPO/NFP/Organization/Association
  • CEO JULIE SULLIVAN
  • Revenue $200M - $500M
  • Industry Edu., Gov't. & Nonprofit
  • About university of st thomas
  • University of St. Thomas, the largest private university in Minnesota, is a Catholic university that offers undergraduate & graduate degrees

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