Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 143 years, the Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. With a distinguished tradition of academic excellence, innovation, and service, Ursuline educates young women for leadership in a global society.
Within the next year, Ursuline anticipates the launch of a significant comprehensive campaign, which will generate financial support for its endowment, operational priorities, and transformational enhancements to its physical campus. In preparation for this campaign, Ursuline seeks a talented, seasoned fundraising professional to join the team as Senior Director of Development.
The Senior Director of Development is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of constituents with the potential to support Ursuline Academy with commitments of $50,000 - $250,000 toward fundraising priorities as established by the President and Chief Development Officer. This position reports to the Chief Development Officer.
Meet the Academy’s fundraising goals, as established by the President and Chief Development Officer.
Manages a portfolio of constituents (alumnae, parents, grandparents, parents of alumnae, and friends) with the potential to support Ursuline Academy with commitment of $50,000 - $250,000. Responsible for developing relationships that result in life-long affinity and financial support for the Academy. Manages relationships with a donor-centric mindset that encourages financial support toward school priorities while simultaneously fulfilling donor philanthropic objectives.
Accountable for prospect management activity that is measured through metrics related to prospect visits, substantive interactions, and gift closures. Responsible for the documentation of all activity and constituent contact in the school’s prospect management database. Participates in regular prospect management reviews with supervisor and fundraising team to develop identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
Supervises part-time Grant Writer, who supports Foundation and Corporate fundraising activity.
Serves as a resident expert in professional fundraising practices and resource for Development team members.
Partners closely with Development team members and Academy leadership to ensure that communications with constituents are coordinated, strategic, and exemplify professional fundraising standards. Generates proactive internal communications to inform teammates of activity.
Supports activities, initiatives, and events sponsored by the Development Office as needed.
Prepares regular reports to demonstrate progress toward fundraising objectives.
Some evening/weekend work and travel will be required.
Education, Experience, Qualification, and Skills
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of work experience are required.
Proven major gift ($50,000+) fundraising or sales results is required. Knowledge of fundraising and portfolio management principles are essential.
Professional work experience in an educational institution or nonprofit organization is preferred. Familiarity with independent and/or Catholic schools is desirable.
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to forge strong working relationships and manage interests of multiple stakeholders. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify, analyze problems and devise solutions. Strong analytical skills and the ability to think collaboratively, strategically and creatively, while participating in decision-making, is essential.
Candidate must have strong organizational and planning skills. Must also be a motivated self-starter who takes initiative, anticipates challenges, and follows through. Strong project management skills are essential.
Candidate must have the ability to articulate a persuasive case for support, develop appropriate cultivation strategies, and solicit donors in a timely fashion.
Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Experience working with a constituent database (i.e., Raiser's Edge, etc.) for prospect management highly preferred.
Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by August 4, 2017.