The Senior Director of Development, Engineering assists the Associate Dean in planning and implementing the programmatic vision on behalf of the School of Engineering.
In addition to identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, and friends for major gifts, the Senior Director also supports the Associate Dean in coordinating operational services and activities, and helps to integrate the major gift fundraising efforts with the work of the Engineering development team.
The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
DAR's university development team is responsible for seeking new resources from alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations to support key fundraising priorities at School of Engineering.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Director of Development participates in setting fundraising goals for the department, manages a portfolio of top prospects, assist in overseeing a budget for operations and travel, and serves as a representative within the Engineering leadership team.
Help design, implement, and coordinate Engineering's development programs, consistent with the overall development program at Vanderbilt University.
The Senior Director works to effectively engage boards, committee, or councils whose membership includes alumni or other supporters and whose responsibilities - in part or solely - include increasing philanthropy.
The Senior Director of development is charged with assisting in the setting, tracking, and assessing progress towards Engineering's fundraising goals in coordination with other DAR teams (e.g. Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, the Parents and Grandparents Campaign, and Planned Giving).
The Senior Director will assist in working with the Dean to effectively engage boards, committee, or councils whose membership includes alumni or other supporters and whose responsibilities - in part or solely - include increasing philanthropy.
The Senior Director will work closely with the Development Coordinator and Communication Associate on special projects to support the Associate Dean.
Secure major gifts.
The Senior Director of Development serves as a major gift officer for Engineering - driving forward the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of approximately 65-75 prospects that are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or greater.
Outright gifts, pledges, and planned gifts at this level are all part of the Senior Director of Development's portfolio.
Secure face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects for identification, cultivation, and solicitation, and plan business travel accordingly.
Make 15-20 solicitations at the $100k+ level each fiscal year
Develop, annually, a business plan identifying key prospects for solicitation in the coming fiscal year. Maintain and update this plan on a regular basis.
Secure $1.5M+ annually in philanthropic gifts
Increase the overall fundraising success for Engineering.
The Senior Director of Development is charged with assisting the comprehensive fundraising program that will drive larger success in securing funds to support key priorities, which could include, but are not limited to -- endowed scholarships and chairs, academic program support, research funding, and capital.
Develop solicitation strategies for potential major gift donors; make direct solicitations; staff dean, faculty, and volunteers as needed.
Serve as liaison to other development teams. To maximize the success of Engineering's effort, the Senior Director will work in collaboration with other members of DAR staff to be successful and support university-wide objectives. Offices that contribute to the success of Engineering development outcomes include: Principal Gifts, Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Research and Prospect Development, Parents and Grandparents Campaign, Athletics Development, DAR Communications, Alumni Relations, Special Events, and Stewardship.
Collaboration with other schools, colleges, and programs as well as developing prospect strategies for the effective utilization of the Dean, around the most significant fundraising opportunities that support the academic and research mission of Engineering.
Establish oneself as a knowledgeable staff member by:
Learning the Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt and Engineering's responsibilities to the mission
Attaining an in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals in Engineering.
Collaborating with DAR staff to build and maintain best practices in soliciting major gifts.
Support the Associate Dean in coordinating operations regarding major gifts fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, and communications. This includes working with prospect research, gift processing and accounting, reporting and analysis, office management, budgeting, and collaboration with the school/college and DAR colleagues as needed.
Work closely with other Major Gift Officers on the Engineering team, supplying strategic direction and sharing knowledge, when needed
Responsible for being a strong #2 to the Associate Dean of Development, leading the team while the Associate Dean is out of the office.
Enhance departmental performance standards by:
Maintaining a level of reliability that helps stability in the department
Fostering a spirit of cooperation
Understanding and effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Conveying thoughts/ideas to the Associate Dean of Development on improving team performance
Approach each situation with a professional attitude by:
Exercising good judgment in discussing issues and results
Maintaining composure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations
Respecting the need for confidentiality of donors and colleagues
Performing other duties as assigned
This position manages one Assistant Director and one Associate Director of Development on the Engineering team.
This position reports administratively and functionally to the Associate Dean of Development, Engineering.
Education and Certifications:
A Bachelor's Degree, or the equivalent, is necessary.
A relevant Master's degree is preferred.
Experience and Skills:
The Senior Director of Development must be a professional and polished fundraising officer who understands and is able to articulate the nature and importance of a major research university, and in particular, the significant role of Engineering within this larger academic community. Leading candidates should have:
3 years of relevant experience, or the equivalent is necessary
5 or more years of development experience preferred, with a background in a higher education setting
Experience managing and mentoring other development officers is preferred
Willingness and ability to personally solicit gifts of $100,000 and larger
Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences
Interpersonal skills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanor when dealing with alumni, parents, friends, and employees
Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information
Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, and Vanderbilt's donor management system
A proven record of achievement in major gift fundraising from individuals
Good written and oral communication skills, specifically in the areas of proposal and presentation development
Demonstrated success in working across teams and disciplines - facilitating solutions and driving forward priorities
Familiarity with Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment is preferred.
The capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment
Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities
Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education, research, and to the principles governing Development and Alumni Relations
Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Routine overnight travel is required
Some evening and weekend work, as needed
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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