This University Major Gifts Officer serves as the Director of Development ("Director") for Student Affairs and works to optimize philanthropic support for the University. The Director executes the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to secure $2M+ in philanthropic support for 20+ departments within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director's priorities are established in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, and Associate Vice Chancellor, Development to help sustain, enhance, and expand Student Affairs programs and services. The Director focuses about eighty percent time on major gift fund-raising activities. Twenty percent is focused on other activities related to fund raising, mostly major gifts of $100K+ level, but also including some lower level gift solicitations at $10K and up, and administrative duties such as planning, coordinating and executing aspects of the Student Affairs' development program. With regard to major gift fund raising, the Director is responsible for designing and executing planned strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Director supervises a Development Assistant, communicates with and advises SA managers, departments, and staff(s) on Development issues/priorities; liaisons with institutional advancement through a reporting line; and conducts research and analysis to search for new donor leads.. The Director must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, keen analytic abilities, and the facility to represent the University to outside agencies, community collaborators, private foundations, corporations, and individual donors. The executive director's work is characterized by independence, initiative, and self-direction. Director works to ensure that all aspects of the fund-raising program integrate with the policies and priorities of Student Affairs' offices, the Development Office and the University. Works closely and in collaboration with other Development Officers within Student Affairs and within the greater University. Attends Development Office training and strategy meetings, routinely.
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