Summary: Responsible for fundraising for the School of Divinity
and Wait Chapel initiatives, including annual, capital, and
endowment support. The Assistant Dean is charged with leadership
for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects, making personal
visits to alumni, parents, and friends to identify, steward, and
solicit major gifts and supporters of the school. Assistant Dean
works with the Dean on all functions of the School of Divinity
Board of Visitors and is an integral member of the School of
Divinity senior staff.
This Job Is For You If You Are Able To….
- Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising goals,
objectives and plans for the School of Divinity and Wait
- Create and carry out effective plans for promoting capital
needs (including future renovation of Wait Chapel), endowments, and
other long-range funding activities.
- Coordinate the School of Divinity Board of Visitors.
- Write and submit proposals which reflect fundraising priorities
of the School of Divinity and Wait Chapel.
- Interface with congregations, denominations, and ecclesiastical
fellowships that support and extend the work of the Divinity
- Prepare reports for donors on the use of gifts.
- Contact donors and prospects via direct mail, email, telethons,
and personal visits.
- Establish and implement short-term and long-term departmental
goals and objectives; evaluate program effectiveness and effect
changes required for improvement.
- Represent the University in various institutional divisions as
well as the general public and local community.
- Assist with University Advancement departmental events as
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute
to a mission-driven organization.
- Contribute to a transparent and equitable organizational
culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are
understood and lived out by all staff.
- Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making
a difference in people’s lives every day.
What Skills Do You Need?
- Bachelor’s degree with eight to ten years of fundraising
experience, or equivalent combination of education and
- A demonstrated and successful track record as a major and
principal gift fundraiser.
- A skilled manager and leader of people and programs. Experience
at the leadership level in promoting an environment of change and
growth; possession of the cultural sensitivity and political acumen
necessary to lead a proud, tradition-laded institution to new
levels of aspiration and accomplishment.
- Confidence personal will, political savviness, decisiveness,
and courage of conviction.
- Superior strategic thinking skills with exceptional
communication and relationship-building skills.
- Ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and
- Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
- Ability to prepare and analyze data and to develop and deliver
presentations and stewardship reports.
- Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and
the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, and other productivity software
- Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills both
speaking and in writing.
- Ability to supervise and train staff.
- Ability to organize workflow and coordinate activities.
- Knowledge and understanding of ecclesiastical practices and
- Ability to travel as required.
- Must be able to meet the requirements of the University’s
- Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.
- Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement
and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a
willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all
aspects of the work.
Desired Skills and Abilities: As the incoming
Assistant Dean of Development, School of Divinity and Wait Chapel,
you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following
characteristics and qualifications:
- Possesses an understanding of the donor cycle.
- Some experience in sales and marketing, or public relations
- Familiarity with theological education.
- Responsible for own work; meets goals for monthly visits,
solicitations and commitments.
- Responsible for monitoring travel and entertainment
- Responsible for supervision of administrative and
*Applications for this position will be accepted through June 3,
2022 @ 11:59 p.m. EST*