The University of North Texas seeks an experienced, highly-motivated, goal-oriented and energetic fundraiser with a proven track record of closing annual and major gifts and exceeding measurable performance goals. The Sr. Director of Development will join a division with dynamic and visionary leadership focused on advancing a donor-centric mission and building a vibrant team who will enthusiastically and strategically increase philanthropy and accelerate current momentum to propel the university's tremendous potential to new heights.
We are seeking a professional with a highly cooperative spirit, strong communication and relationship-building skills, a forward-thinking approach, the ability to relate to multiple constituencies and to represent the University with tact, diplomacy and passion. The successful candidate will be able to convey enthusiasm for the mission and role of the College of Visual Arts and Design and will, upon employment, work with the dean to be able to convey detailed knowledge and passion about the college's work in studio art, the FabLab, design, art education and art history, and other areas.
The Sr. Director of Development leads the development team for the College of Visual Arts and Design and works in consultation and in close coordination with the Dean to design and implement a comprehensive development program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors for major gifts in support of college priorities. The Sr. Director will work with faculty to develop a dynamic and multi-platform strategy to engage foundations and individuals to secure needed funding for suitable projects and initiatives. The Sr. Director collaborates with UNT's advancement services, donor relations, annual giving, corporate and foundations relations, planned giving and communications teams to implement effective recognition and messaging.
The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Development.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
* Develop and implement an annual strategic plan including determining fundraising objectives and unit goals. With an emphasis on discovery efforts to effectively build the prospect pipeline. * Solicit and successfully close major gifts. * Identify and qualify prospects with the goal of building and maintaining a prospect portfolio of 80 - 120 active prospects. * Initiate and facilitate new relationships between foundations and the university. * Plan, design and implement prospect and solicitation strategies in support of college priorities. * Develop proposals and serve as lead solicitor for College of Visual Arts and Design major gift solicitations to individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations. * Establish and cultivate cross-campus partnerships to identify, engage and solicit prospects for multi-disciplinary UNT initiatives. * Collaborate with colleagues across the university to fulfill donor goals and objectives and to implement appropriate stewardship and recognition. * Participate in and support any special project fundraising for university priorities as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Development.
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.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree and seven years of professional experience in fundraising, donor relations, public relations, or sales; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required:
* 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 attend numerous off site events and meetings and travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary. * Ability to establish and maintain cordial, productive, and professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. * Exceptional communications skills. * Ability to master University policies and procedures and apply these in specific situations. * Ability to exercise resourcefulness and good judgment. * Ability to manage multiple streams of work. * Demonstrated excellent analytical skills, problem solving ability and strong critical thinking skills.
The ideal candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
The University of North Texas System includes the University of North Texas in
Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the
University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System is the only public university
system headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth – the fourth-largest metropolitan area
in the United States. The UNT System is dedicated to serving our students and this
diverse region through a wide offering of degree plans and research initiatives. With
combined enrollment of nearly 44,000 students, the UNT System awards more than
9,000 degrees each year – including the largest number of master’s and doctoral
degrees in the DFW region. The UNT System has an annual budget of $1 billion and
boosts the Texas economy by $5.2 billion each year.