Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Fri Jan 24 2020 Job Description:
Western Kentucky University, a member of Conference USA and Football Bowl Subdivision NCAA member institution, seeks to hire an individual for the position of Director of Development, Major Gifts. This position is responsible for securing major gifts for the Division of Athletics and the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. Responsibilities include raising funds to support a broad-based athletics program at Western Kentucky University. Position reports to the Executive Director of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation (HAF).
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Develop relationships with donors and potential donors to solicit and close gifts in support of capital projects, scholarship endowments, annual fund operations and sport specific funds
Build and manage an appropriate portfolio of donors capable of making major gifts of $25,000 or more
Coordination and management of WKU Athletics Major Gift Program to include: donor acquisition and qualification, cultivation, and stewardship strategy
Responsible for making 10-12 visits per month designed to move prospects toward making a philanthropic commitment. Maintains appropriate contact with prospects and records all contact details in University Advancement management system
Assists in developing and executing an annual fundraising plan for athletics, with a primary emphasis on increasing the number of donors and dollars raised for the HAF
Participates in major gift meetings within the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement division.
Meets regularly with the senior administration to assess projects, review strategies and track progress toward meeting fundraising performance benchmarks
Provides oversight and coordination of sport specific enhancement funds including cultivation of student-athlete alumni, parents, and friends for sport specific giving
Position requires frequent travel and evening and weekend work
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Excellent verbal and written communication
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with individuals and groups
Experience in Advance donor software along with Archtics/Ticketmaster ticketing system preferred
Must be a goal oriented self ? starter who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously
At least three years of experience in direct fundraising in the solicitation and closing of gifts or transferable, related experience in marketing, public relations, alumni relations, or sales. (A Master's degree with at least two years of experience would also suffice.)
Must be able to work evenings and weekends
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. Western Kentucky University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745-5121.
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