The Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development is responsible for major gift fundraising duties at the University of San Diego. Tis position develops a comprehensive fundraising program for private support from faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and individuals in the San Diego community and across the country to solicit donors at all levels of giving to the university but with particular emphasis on major gifts.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Initiate, cultivate, solicit and steward all assigned and major gift prospects for all approved fundraising priorities for USD Athletics; actively cultivate a portfolio of major giving donors.
- Identify priority prospects annual, special, and major gift prospects and implement fundraising strategies.
- Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects.
- Achieve fundraising goals as established by the Senior Associate Athletics Director for specific metrics, including but not limited to dollars raised, contacts made, and proposals submitted; meet established capital campaign goals.
- Develop relationships with alumnae, parents, faculty, staff, and friends leading to solicitation ofgifts that will result in increasing both the number and amount of contributions.
- Work closely with the Offices of Advancement Services, Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, Parent and Family Relations, and other directors of development throughout the university to identify new qualified major gift prospect alums, parents, friends, faculty, corporations, and foundations.
- Work closely with the Office of Planned Giving to secure deferred and estate gifts.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum of five years' professional experience, and two years' fundraising experience or related, including demonstrable management and administrative skills; experience in higher education preferred.
- Proven record of knowledge in the full spectrum of philanthropic fund development, including special gifts, major gifts, capital campaigns, annual giving, special events, prospect research, proposal development, and gift planning.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate, solicit, close, and steward major gifts. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking; ability to communicate positively and effectively with a diverse audience.
- Strong professional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, advancement professionals, academic administrators, senior executives, coaches, volunteers, and trustees of the university.
- Must exhibit attention to detail with excellent organizational and time management skills; remain professional under pressure.