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Senior Philanthropic Advisor

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Interested applicants will need to submit a cover letter and resume to Faith Eutsay at The search firm of Lois L. Lindauer Searches is handling the search for this open position.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Department Development
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18187
Open Date 11/15/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Senior Philanthropic Advisor is responsible for developing professional cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospects rated at the $5M and higher level; plays a critical role in developing fundraising strategy and cultivating relationships with unaffiliated or loosely affiliated principal gift prospects; and works to build Rice’s portfolio of prospects capable of giving $5M or higher.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Master’s degree.

Experience Required 10 years or more
Type of Experience

Professional fundraising experience including individual donors capable of gifts of $1 million or more, and demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual gifts; and experience working in a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Fundraising experience in an institution of higher education; track record of project-related fundraising in a research-intensive organization; experience working on gifts of $5 million or more; experience in manipulating database information.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

Strong computer skills using computers in a Windows environment; familiar with word processing and spreadsheet use; strong interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and be able to represent Rice favorably; possess a personality which merits the confidence and trust of prospective donors; ability to plan and implement effective development strategies; strong team management skills in working with diverse personalities and interests; strong record of success in expanding donor participation in giving efforts, and expertise in working with high-level giving constituencies; strong time management and organizational abilities and able to delegate responsibilities to others as necessary; energetic, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision; ability to maintain confidentiality of donor information and development records.

Skills Preferred

Knowledge of fundraising database software concepts.

Internal / External Contacts

INTERNAL: Will have personal contact with all areas of the campus in person and by telephone. Will have extensive contact with the upper levels of administration, including the President, Provost, and other senior officers.

EXTERNAL: Will have personal contact with Rice’s largest donors, Board members, volunteers, alumni, friends, and allied professionals related to donor cultivation and solicitation.

Physical Demands

No unusual requirements. Must be able to travel out-of-town alone.

Working Conditions

Will be required to attend after-hours functions during the year. There will be some travel for cultivation/solicitation purposes.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants will need to submit a cover letter and resume to Faith Eutsay at

The search firm of Lois L. Lindauer Searches is handling the search for this open position.

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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Fundraising
Description of Job Duty

- Develop and implement specific strategies and plans to involve wealthy individuals and families who do not have strong pre-existing connections with Rice in the long term achievement of the University’s goals and objectives.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name Leadership and Volunteer Support Management
Description of Job Duty

- Support the President and other academic and volunteer leaders in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of leading philanthropic families in Houston and other communities who have not been adequately engaged by Rice’s development process.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name Relationship Building
Description of Job Duty

- Develop relationships with faculty, staff, and students that will enhance Rice’s ability to integrate donors and potential donors into the Rice community and represent Rice across the campus and throughout the community.

Percentage of Time 15
Job Duty Name Principal Gift Strategy
Description of Job Duty

- Support the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and other development officers in refining strategies for other principal gift prospects.

Percentage of Time 10

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