The Division of University Advancement is dedicated to inspiring
the community to become involved with the growth and progress of
the University of North Texas. Gifts to UNT are transformative.
Every gift – regardless of size or form – makes a difference for
our campus, students, and programs.
Working in the Division of University Advancement aids in the
support and execution of these transformative gifts. This division
is the connector between the donor and project and accomplishes the
goals of the university by establishing and continuing mutually
beneficial relationships that result in donations that support and
empower the future leaders of our generations. The Division of
University Advancement can be extremely rewarding for those who are
motivated by making a lasting impact on the campus, students, and
programs on campus.
The Executive Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations
proactively anticipates, initiates, and develops strategies and
actions to secure funding from a variety of sources for the
priorities of UNT. The Executive Director will work with faculty,
staff, and institutional leadership to develop a dynamic and
multi-platform fundraising strategy to reach foundations, secure
needed funding, as well as drive efforts at enhancing collaboration
across departments within the University to encourage the
submission of funding proposals for suitable projects and
initiatives. This position will be extensive in foundation
fundraising with minimal emphasis on corporations.
The position reports to the Assistant Vice President for
- Career track of progressive, documentable accomplishments in
driving impact, outcomes, and success as a resolute, experienced
professional with a history of fundraising success working at a
tier one research institution. Advanced knowledge of fundraising
principles and practices, capacity to provide visionary leadership
for fundraising efforts, direct successful capital campaigns, and
oversee the progressive growth of a major donor development
- Ability to develop and manage a portfolio of highly strategic
corporate and foundation relationships in support of significant
UNT initiatives. Skill to initiate and facilitate new relationships
between foundations and the university. Skilled and knowledgeable
in the submission of grant proposals, reports and high-level
briefings, and other collaterals for communication with prospective
- Maintains appropriate percentage of constituents in all stages
of the development cycle: discovery, cultivation, solicitation,
stewardship/re-cultivation, and perpetual stewardship resulting in
securing seven and eight-figure foundation gifts.
- A mindset to inspire broad-based personal participation and
passionate commitment to philanthropy and support of
advancement/development initiatives among university faculty,
staff, and leadership.
- Skill to work in collaboration with other members of
institutional leadership in developing marketing plans for existing
and potential programs of interest to corporations and
- Highly innovative, bringing a diverse strategy that encompasses
inventive models of funding to leverage a variety of demographics,
geographies, corporate and foundation partnership approaches, and
regional/national resources in addition to effectively managing a
portfolio of existing and potential contributors.
- Proven skills in data analysis, conducting research and
evaluations designed to identify, reach out to, and secure gift
- Demonstrated expertise in cultivating and managing donor
relationships to inspire a passionate commitment to the university,
connect prospects and donors with the UNT mission, and elicit
long-term participation by the donor community.
- Documented skills to ensure sound management of the
department’s fiscal affairs.
- Proven record of establishing and maintaining a supportive and
effective team culture. Management skills and a strong desire to
grow the skill sets of the department staff through professional
leadership and mentoring.
- Other related duties, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field and at least eight (8) years of
increasingly responsible leadership and/or management experience or
any equivalent combination of education, training, and
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.