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DIRECTOR MAJOR GIFTS

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Position Details 

Position Details

Job Title DIRECTOR MAJOR GIFTS
Position Number 8101291
Job Category University Staff
Job Type Full-Time
FLSA Status Exempt
Campus Chicago-Water Tower
Department Name DEVELOPMENT
Location Code MAJOR GIFTS (03634A)
Is this split and/or fully grant funded? No
Duties and Responsibilities

This development position advances the mission of the University by securing philanthropic support for institutional priorities from alumni and friends; develops and implements strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts prospects with the capacity for a major gift of $50K to $1M who reside within the Chicago area or regional territory; provides strategic direction and leadership for University alumni and friends as they make philanthropic and volunteer decisions.

This position reports to the Associate Vice President for University Development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Maintain a comprehensive understanding of University priorities, vision and mission.
2. Design and implement fundraising strategies to secure major gifts ($50K or more) in support of the University.
3. Manage relationships with assigned portfolio of prospective donors and will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these important constituents of the University. Prospect portfolio will consist of Chicago metro area prospects and will require travel to areas outside Chicago at least three times a year for prospect visits to assigned geographic territory.
4. Create and execute annual engagement and fundraising plans for assigned regions with School/College/Unit fundraisers, Alumni Relations and other internal stakeholders.
5. Make a defined number of visits and solicitations per year designed to move prospects toward making a philanthropic commitment to the University. Maintain appropriate contact with prospects and record all contacts in University Advancement prospect management system in a timely manner.
6. Plan and/or participate in quarterly strategy planning sessions for assigned regions with internal university stakeholders
7. Participate in monthly development meetings and professional development activities.
8. Work collaboratively with departments and colleagues to secure appropriate project information and create proposals that will be used to secure gifts.
9. Create monthly reports as required by management that accurately reflect activity and performance and track progress toward meeting fundraising goals. Utilizes a “return on investment” strategy in managing a donor portfolio.
10. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Three to five years related experience in advancement or related field required. Experience in higher education strongly preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Qualifications

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Proven track record of major donor cultivation and solicitation and willingness to embrace a team approach to fundraising.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively multitask.
- Flexibility and willingness to attend evening and weekend events and/or meetings.
- Knowledge of and experience with development/advancement software.
- Familiarity with faith-based programs and affinity and appreciation for the Jesuit mission of the University strongly preferred.

Certificates/Credentials/Licenses

Bachelor’s degree required. 3-5 years advancement experience, or proven equivalent business experience. Self-starter with proven track record of major donor cultivation and solicitation and willingness to embrace a team approach to fundraising. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Advanced skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of University goals/ priorities and securing gifts. Skill to meet predetermined goals and objectives through effective planning, organization, execution and evaluation. Flexibility and willingness to attend evening and weekend events and/or meetings.Familiarity with faith-based programs and affinity and appreciation for the Jesuit mission of the University strongly preferred.

Computer Skills

Knowledge of and experience with development/advancement software.
Experience with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Supervisory Responsibilities No
Required operation of university owned vehicles No
Does this position require direct animal or patient contact? No
Physical Demands None
Working Conditions Irregular Hours
Open Date 06/29/2017
Close Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/5203

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a bachelor’s degree in related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you possess a minimum of three years of related experience in advancement or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents