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Director of Development or Assistant Director of Development, Institutional Advancement

Southern Utah University
Utah, United States
$55,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Dec 28, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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Southern Utah University seeks a Director of Development or Assistant Director of Development in the office of Institutional Advancement, depending on experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing relations with major gift donors. The Director will work with high-wealth individuals, corporations, and alumni/friends to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors to enhance connection and loyalty to the University through philanthropy.

Remote work is negotiable if residency is near population centers in Utah or southern Nevada.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, corporate and foundation donors at the $10,000 level and above. The Director will complete personal visits during the fiscal year for the purpose of cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts.

2. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Directors of Development, Dean of the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business and other fundraising staff to develop and execute an aggressive fundraising program to meet the strategic priorities of the university.

3. Work with deans, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to achieve the fundraising priorities of the college/school including the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business.

4. The Assistant Director will raise funds for restricted and unrestricted gifts and will manage a portfolio of 100-150 donor prospects, create and document prospect strategies, document contact reports in SUU's Banner database system, and create an annual work plan.

5. She/he will also be responsible for developing funding agreements, as well as connecting prospects with the opportunities and needs of the college, department, or program.

6. She/he will participate in other duties and activities of a fast-paced donor-centric advancement team including annual giving and donor pipeline development and donor events.


Education and Experience Requirements:

Education, Training and Skills-

1. Bachelor's degree required and a Master's degree or equivalent professional experience preferred.

2. Demonstrated initiative and experience asking for major gifts through face-to-face solicitations.

3. A sound knowledge of fundraising principles, ethics, and best practices in campaign planning and execution.

4. The ability to represent the university with a high degree of professionalism and integrity.

5. The ability to articulate a compelling case for support of the university and interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships among faculty, staff, volunteers and donors.

6. Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.


1. A minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, sales, business development or related field.

2. Strong background and proven track record in relationship building and strategic achievement.

3. Experience in higher education, specifically academic business programs, preferred.


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