We are seeking a professional with a highly cooperative spirit,
strong communication and relationship-building skills, a
forward-thinking approach, the ability to relate to multiple
constituencies and to represent the University with tact, diplomacy
and passion. The successful candidate will be able to convey
enthusiasm for the mission and role of the College of Visual Arts
and Design and will, upon employment, work with the dean to be able
to convey detailed knowledge and passion about the college’s work
in studio art, the FabLab, design, art education and art history,
and other areas.
The Sr. Director of Development leads the development team for the
College of Visual Arts and Design and works in consultation and in
close coordination with the Dean to design and implement a
comprehensive development program to identify, cultivate, solicit
and steward prospects and donors for major gifts in support of
college priorities. The Sr. Director will work with faculty to
develop a dynamic and multi-platform strategy to engage foundations
and individuals to secure needed funding for suitable projects and
initiatives. The Sr. Director collaborates with UNT’s advancement
services, donor relations, annual giving, corporate and foundations
relations, planned giving and communications teams to implement
effective recognition and messaging.
The position reports to the Associate Vice President for
- Develop and implement an annual strategic plan including
determining fundraising objectives and unit goals. With an emphasis
on discovery efforts to effectively build the prospect
- Solicit and successfully close major gifts.
- Identify and qualify prospects with the goal of building and
maintaining a prospect portfolio of 80 – 120 active prospects.
- Initiate and facilitate new relationships between foundations
and the university.
- Plan, design and implement prospect and solicitation strategies
in support of college priorities.
- Develop proposals and serve as lead solicitor for College of
Visual Arts and Design major gift solicitations to individuals,
corporations, foundations and organizations.
- Establish and cultivate cross-campus partnerships to identify,
engage and solicit prospects for multi-disciplinary UNT
- Collaborate with colleagues across the university to fulfill
donor goals and objectives and to implement appropriate stewardship
- Participate in and support any special project fundraising for
university priorities as assigned by the Associate Vice President
Bachelor’s Degree and seven years of professional experience in
fundraising, donor relations, public relations, or sales; or any
equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Extensive knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising
- Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining
effective professional relationships with internal and external
- Ability to plan, organize, develop and execute strategies.
- Ability to attend numerous off site events and meetings and
travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary.
- Ability to establish and maintain cordial, productive, and
professional working relationships with internal and external
- Exceptional communications skills.
- Ability to master University policies and procedures and apply
these in specific situations.
- Ability to exercise resourcefulness and good judgment.
- Ability to manage multiple streams of work.
- Demonstrated excellent analytical skills, problem solving
ability and strong critical thinking skills.
The University of North Texas System and its component
institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all
applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and
affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its
component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or
veteran status in its application and admission processes,
educational programs and activities, and employment practices.