The director of advancement I is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with individual donors, alumni, foundations, corporations and friends of the university to secure major gifts.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Job Responsibilities and Execution
Ensures the Advancement office conducts prospect research and solicitation and donor stewardship, with a focus on gifts of $10,000 and above
Manages a portfolio of 150 or more major-gift level prospects
Manages the solicitation process and completes a minimum of 36 major solicitations per year, including revocable intentions and five new face-to-face meetings weekly; recommends proposal ask amounts
Assists with fundraising initiatives established by department leaders and the board of trustees
Prepares reports, proposals and special events as related to fundraising
Participates in the supervision of the charitable contributions program, including coordinating the approval process, screening requests for financial support and directing the disbursement of funds
Develops strategic and structural plans, including short- and long-term goals, to position the university’s growth and development
Cultivates strong relationships with individual donors, alumni, foundations, corporations and friends of the university for the purpose of securing major gifts
Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Models, supports and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity and teamwork
Implements a thorough donor acknowledgement and stewardship system
Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration
Plans programs that promote goodwill and foster relationships with community leaders
Advises the assistant vice president on internal and external constituency relations
Provides leadership to campus constituents on current, effective fundraising techniques
Leads major gift initiative planning meetings
Represents the university on committees and boards and at events
Job may require other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of 1 year in development or sales environment; sales preferred
Experience in higher education environment; participation in a comprehensive campaign preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
Knowledge of researching, writing for and facilitating grant and private foundation funding
Knowledge of the field’s best and current concepts, practices and procedures, including planned giving techniques and vehicles
Ability to cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts of $10,000 and above
Empathetic listener with corresponding excellence in verbal and written communication
Detail oriented, with ability to multi-task accurately under deadlines
Ability to use discretion with confidential information
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
General office setting
Some night and weekend work and travel
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.