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Senior Director of Development, College of Visual Arts & Design

University of North Texas
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts
Academic Centers, Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Overview

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 Development.

Job Duties

  • 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 pipeline.
  • 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 initiatives.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the university to fulfill donor goals and objectives and to implement appropriate stewardship and recognition.
  • Participate in and support any special project fundraising for university priorities as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Development.

Minimum Qualifications

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 principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • 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 stakeholders.
  • 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.

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