Director of Major Gifts

Director of Major Gifts

Human Resources
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Responsible for the development and implementation of fund raising programs, including major gifts and planned giving programs, annual giving, corporate and foundation support, and major events sponsorships. The Director of Major Gifts reports directly to the Vice President for University Advancement. He/she will maintain a portfolio of existing and prospective donors, support the Vice President and President with capital and restricted fundraising campaigns, and work in coordination with members of the advancement team, the Office of the President, and the university community at large.
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Advancement
Reports To: Vice President for University Advancement (Joan Canty)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Main Campus

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Job Description:


Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors for restricted and unrestricted giving programs.

Oversee the corporate campaign for the Wesleyan Fund. Assist with meeting the annual goals for the annual fund.

Develop and implement a sustainable and successful planned giving program.

Recruit and manage volunteers as needed for university fundraising campaigns.

Create and execute direct mail programs as needed for university fundraising campaigns.

Create grant requests/proposals for submission to corporations, foundations, and other donors/organizations.

Prepare written correspondence (call reports, letters, proposals, acknowledgement letters, research reports, etc.) for the Office of Advancement and the Office of the President in support of restricted and unrestricted giving campaigns.

Create targeted fundraising programs for specific constituent groups of alumni, friends, faculty/staff, current and prospective donors.

Develop plans for the stewardship of various giving programs.

Serve as the division’s liaison with the Dean of the School of Business Administration.

Serve as the division’s chief fundraiser and liaison to the Business Hall of Fame annual event.

Participate as a member of the Office of Advancement at campus-wide events and programs.

Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree required, master’s preferred.

Minimum of five years fund raising experience, preferably in higher education.

Extensive experience with managing a planned giving program; demonstrated success of increasing commitments in a planned giving program.

Broad-based development experience to include annual, planned, corporate, and capital giving programs.

Successful grant writing experience.

Experience working with and implementing new fundraising technologies in an advancement office.

Outstanding presentation skills; strong writing skills; powerpoint presentation experience; high level of organizational skills.

Experience in managing diverse funding opportunities; successful experience with growing a program with new major donor support.

Preferred experience with the Raiser’s Edge fundraising software system.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.

Ability to work with volunteers and others.

Ability to demonstrate a professional demeanor and maturity

Demonstrated knowledge of fund raising methods and ethics.

Ability to support and follow University and departmental policies and procedures.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Exceptional ability to write persuasive correspondence. Ability to effectively and persuasively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, donors, and University employees.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Must be able to work flexible work hours to support evening and weekend activities.

To apply for an open faculty or staff position please send a current resume and a cover letter indicating position desired to:, or Office of Human Resources, Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan, Fort Worth, TX 76105.

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources
Oneal-Sells Building, room 110

Phone: 817-531-4403
Fax: 817-531-4402
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm

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