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Director of Development-Major Gifts

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 13, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Development-Major Gifts
Yakima, WA

Recruitment Period: 09/26/2022 - Until Filled
Status: Full Time

Applicants for all positions will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 during the hiring process. Valid medical or religious exemptions will be considered.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit medical institution in 2005 aimed at increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest.

The University currently offers the degrees of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Master of Arts in Medical Science enrolling over 550 students annually with plans to develop other programs and/or colleges. Interprofessional education partnerships with other universities adds another 100 students to the population. The campus includes 300 employees with academic programming spread over a five state region.

PNWU is located in Yakima, WA, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle, 170 miles from Portland, and 200 miles from Spokane. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

General Summary:
The Director of Development-Major Gifts reports to the Executive Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives and is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of university donors. The Director of Development-Major Gifts works alongside the Executive Director and the Associate Director of Development & Advancement Services to design, develop, and implement the university's major gift program. This position is responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as discovering new relationships. The Director of Development-Major Gifts needs to effectively communicate the university's mission and inspire donor support.

Essential Job Functions:
• Develop solicitation strategies and cultivate relationships with prospective donors
• Manage a portfolio of existing and potential donors
• In partnership with the Stewardship and Development Communications Manager, create proposals and presentation materials
• Personally cultivate and close, annually, $1M to $2.5M in countable gifts
• Work closely with key university leaders, including the President as well as program leads to successfully cultivate donor relationships
• Perform related administrative duties including contact reports, budget management, and meeting scheduling
• Support the Associate Director of Development Events and Communications in event strategy and execution
• Provide visible leadership as a member of the university's development staff by engaging in activities such as meetings and events
• Handle confidential student and donor information with tact, discretion and in compliance with university confidentiality policies
• Complete job functions from a donor-centered philosophy
• Understand accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards
• Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU
• Other duties as assigned

• Required: Bachelor's Degree

• Required: 3 – 5 years' experience working in fundraising
• Proven track record of successful major gift fundraising

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Strong organization, interpersonal, and planning skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; strong listening skills; ability to work in a team and flexibility to work with others in a variety of circumstances; ability to problem solve by analyzing issues and creating action plans; ability to manage projects and people and prioritize and self-direct workflow; ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases; and ability to schedule activities and/or meetings.

To ensure full consideration submit:
• A letter of introduction outlining background and qualifications for the position
• Detailed curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three professional references

The job announcement above is not the full job description, but represents the job responsibilities and requirements. A full job description can be provided upon request.

PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.

For information about life in Yakima visit our PNWU page.

PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.

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