The Director of Development for Athletics works to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts as determined by the needs of the Athletics development program. This position manages a prospect pool of approximately 100+ prospective donors capable of making gifts of $50,000 or above. The Director works closely with the Senior Associate Athletics Director and other Athletics development officers to create opportunities for increased philanthropic support from constituents, with primary focus on those managed within the prospect pool.
Minimum of 4 years of professional development experience, with demonstrated fundraising success at the major gift level (five- and six-figures). Equivalent experience in sales or marketing will be considered.
Demonstrated understanding of volunteer relations, the vital importance of public higher education and the breadth and complexity of a major research university.
Excellent communication and writing skills critical for communicating with a diverse audience, including internal leadership and external donors.
Sound judgment and strategic decision-making skills with proven ability to think creatively and reach logical conclusions based on the information available.
Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize activities to maximize productivity and efficiency, accomplish goals and meet deadlines.
Previous experience working with senior level executives.
Skilled in using current office technology, including remote connection software (Zoom, Skype).
Valid driver’s license.
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