Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations

University of Michigan
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 19, 2021
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

To be considered for this position, apply directly here: http://bit.ly/2XRr3lu To learn more about our development community, including other opportunities, visit: www.giving.umich.edu/careers

Job Summary

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) is looking for an Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations. We are a community of scholars, dedicated teachers, students and professional staff who share a desire to make a difference in people's lives. You will support this commitment in the areas detailed below.

As the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the school, reporting directly to the Dean, you will manage a comprehensive gift fundraising and stewardship plan, including participation of individuals, corporations and foundations. The Executive Director will work with the Dean to specify development goals; will conceive and implement strategy; and will identify and cultivate prospects. The school seeks to expand individual giving and to maintain our focus on major gifts from foundations and corporations.

For more information about UMSI, please visit our website.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expense

Development & Fundraising

  • Oversee the major gift activity, annual giving operations and alumni relations program for the School of Information. Lead and enhance a growing development program that includes foundations, corporations, and individuals (alumni and friends of the School). A key focus will be the capital campaign for our new building on U-M's North Campus.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation prospects with the capacity for gifts of $50,000 or more. This includes ensuring appropriate contact, making solicitations, and ensuring stewardship.
  • Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies designed to work towards current and life-time giving potential. . Develop creative approaches to expanding the school's donor base.
  • Plan and direct solicitation of prospects by the Dean. Provide executive staff support to the Dean related to fundraising activities, including strategic planning for the Dean’s fundraising travel, providing briefing materials, and with the marketing and communications team, prepare proposals, draft correspondence and speeches.
  • Direct fundraising and stewardship activities including donor and scholarship events, alumni communication, participation, and giving, and corporate and foundation relations. Represent the school and the University at designated functions and events related to fundraising.

Strategy & Planning

  • Meaningfully contribute to the planning for the next comprehensive campaign.
  • Work with other UMSI staff and leaders on the development of promotional materials and regular communications with alumni and the identification of student recruiting and development opportunities, and new ideas on the coordination of corporate gifts.
  • Set strategies for the development team in planning alumni engagement activities for the purposes of long-term individual donor cultivation.
  • Evaluate and report on efforts and outcomes of development activities, and make appropriate revisions to the strategy.
  • Prepare budget proposals and reports and demonstrate fiscal responsibility for the school’s office of development and alumni relations.

Management & Leadership

  • Oversee recruitment, selection, and management of UMSI Development staff members. Focus on retaining and attracting an increasingly diverse talent pool, providing them with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Contribute to an increasingly positive culture by exemplifying an approach that is defined by collaboration and be an advocate for UMSI’s DEI programs.
Required Qualifications*
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Minimum seven years progressive experience and experience in gift fundraising in an organization with a comprehensive development program.
  • Experience developing strategic development plans, with proven success in personally soliciting and closing gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations at the six-figure level.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading a diverse team, including setting technical and strategic direction for a fundraising team. Formal and informal leadership experience will be considered. Ability to work across functional boundaries in a complex and decentralized organization.
  • Experience generating and analyzing prospective donors, and demonstrated ability to tailor approaches concerning size of ask, areas of interest and timing.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; experience writing and editing a broad spectrum of fundraising materials created for a specific audience such as prospective donors, family foundations, corporations, and alumni.
  • Experience displaying high integrity and ability to work with high-level donors while maintaining discretion and confidentiality.
Desired Qualifications*
  • Advanced degree in Business Administration or related field.
  • Successful comprehensive campaign experience at a multi-faceted institution.
  • Knowledge of and curiousity about information and information technology fields, library sciences, and related information fields a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the University of Michigan or similar institutions.
Work Locations

While staff positions are currently remote; this position will be based on the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus after in-person operations are deemed safe to resume. Will require travel to multiple locations on and off campus. Will require domestic and international travel (when allowed/safe), up to 25%.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.