Director of Advancement, School of Theology and Religious
The Division is responsible for raising major, endowed, and planned
gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Such
gifts range from five to nine figures and will support the
University’s funding priorities and the campaign’s funding
priorities. Stewardship of these donors and institutions, as well
as communicating with them regularly about both the impact
philanthropy makes on the University and on the priorities for the
Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Diocesan Relations, the
Director of Advancement will identify, cultivate, solicit and
steward a portfolio of major gift prospects for the School of
Theology & Religious Studies. S/he will serve as a member of
the Advancement team in the division of University Advancement.
His/her primary focus will be to solicit and close major gifts
(defined as gifts of $50,000 and higher) for the benefit of the
School of Theology & Religious Studies. The position
collaborates closely with the central University Advancement team,
which provides resources and strategic counsel, and uniform metrics
to help drive results within the schools and across the University.
The Director also participates in the collaborative efforts of
building alumni engagement and communicating the School’s mission,
vision, and achievements to key donors, alumni, and additional
external constituencies. He/she participates in setting annual
targets and long-term philanthropic strategy for the School of
Theology & Religious Studies, and helps to execute the Schools’
philanthropic priorities in order to maximize external
Build, grow, and manage a portfolio of approximately 125 major gift
prospects based on new and past donors including TRS Alumni. Major
gift prospects are defined as having the capacity to make a $50,000
or higher commitment to the School of Theology & Religious
Studies. The Director of Advancement will be expected to conduct at
least 100 prospect visits annually, soliciting and closing 15-25
major gifts and qualifying the same number of new major prospects
each year. While yearly gift revenue goals will vary, the Director
must build upon a program that currently generates 6 figure revenue
annually. Collaborate with the Associate Vice President of
University Advancement and the Dean, TRS to develop an annual work
plan, consistent with prescribed practice in the Division of
University Advancement. The work plan will include a personal
fundraising goal, goals for number of new major gift prospects
identified, number of major gift and annual fund solicitations and
number of prospect visits sufficient to meet established
fundraising targets. Collaborate with, and successfully guide
academic partners through the major gift prospect development
process; supporting them in building lasting and productive donor
Build and maintain volunteer leadership alumni or external
constituencies key to the School's fundraising success. Actively
manage and recruit for the School's Board of Visitors. Participate
in the school efforts in planning, executing and marketing events
and special initiatives aimed at cultivating donors, engaging
alumni, and enhancing the visibility and reputation of the school.
Supports the Division of University Advancement in achieving its
strategic and fundraising goals, through positive and productive
interaction and collaboration with all departmental staff,
University liaisons, and external constituents.
Bachelor’s degree required and at least 5 years of professional
experience with 3 of those in major gift fundraising, including
personal solicitations with a documented record of productivity.
Knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission
is preferred. Higher Education experience is preferred. Must be
polished, passionate and have exceptional interpersonal skills.
Must possess the ability to lead and obtain results from
professional colleagues and exceptional ability to communicate
verbally and in writing. Must have effective planning skills.
Proficiency in Google suite of products. Experience with Raiser’s
Edge is desirable but not required. Familiarity with generally
accepted office procedures. Skills in planned giving and wealth
management are desirable.
Skill in using development-related database systems. Possession of
current and valid U.S. driver’s license appropriate to the type of
university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record
(MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual
administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety.
Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental
Health and Safety.
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