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Director of Development

Company: National University
Date Posted: August 24, 2016


General Purpose:

The Director of Development will plan, implement and lead strategies for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, tracking, and stewardship of major gift prospects to secure outright gifts up to the level of $100k and above range for National University. Special emphasis will be placed on creating and implementing strategies for successful solicitations and building strategic relationships with prospects and donors. Incumbent serves as a liaison and coordinator across campus and is well-versed in understanding and articulating National University initiatives to a range of potential donors. 

Essential Functions of the Position:

Duties include identifying funding sources and priorities, preparing written and oral presentations to potential donors, developing gift opportunities, cultivating and soliciting gift prospects. 


A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field; or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in an academic environment.


Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration. Solid track history of securing major level gifts, staffing senior-level university administrators and closing gifts ($100k and above) from individuals, corporations and foundations, both local and national. Demonstrated record of writing proposals for a significant project/gift ($100k+) directed to individuals and foundations/corporations.

Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct line fundraiser with five (5) or more year's development experience in higher education preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors. Strong written and oral communication skills that demonstrate correct grammar usage, syntax and format, with the ability to make oral presentations and/or interpret various related programs to potential donors.

Excellent communication skills to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and Central Campus Development. Demonstrated skill in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various documents.

Proven interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, volunteers and University officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.

Knowledge of principles and practices of developing and utilizing volunteer leadership and organizing and maintaining volunteer support organizations.

Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters as they relate to sensitive donor relations issues. 


National University is an Equal Opportunity Employer