Director of Development

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Director of Development
Department Development
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18283
Open Date 02/02/2018
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

Reporting to a Director of Development – Team Lead, this person will plan, organize and manage the development of complex major gift support for university fundraising priorities. Specific responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donor prospects capable of gifts at the $100K to $1M level. The Director of Development will work directly with senior University officials, prospects, and key volunteers and prepares the way for solicitation by the President, other senior campus administrators (including deans and directors of academic units), members of the Board of Trustees, or other senior level volunteers. This position may also be responsible for developing and executing the fundraising strategy for a specific campaign program priority or school in conjunction with the program chair(s) and/or dean and faculty.

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

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred
Experience Required 5 years
Type of Experience

Successful major gift fundraising experience at the $50K level with demonstrated success at the $100K+ level.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement

Experience Preferred

Seven years experience and fundraising experience with an institution of higher education.

License/Certification Required

Must possess (or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license with no more than three moving violations and/or at fault accidents within the past 36 months, and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years.

License/Certification Preferred

CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)

Skills Required

- Good computer skills, preferably using PC compatible equipment in a Windows environment.
- Strong interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills, especially in preparing effective fundraising proposals.
- Ability to relate well to, and understand the needs and interests of, major individual donors and foundation program directors.
- Ability to relate to, and develop excellent working relations with, donors and senior academic leaders.

Skills Preferred

Knowledge of fundraising database software.

Internal / External Contacts

INTERNAL: Will be in personal contact with all areas of the campus in person, by telephone and electronically. Will have extensive contact and occasional travel with the upper-level administrators.

EXTERNAL: Will be in personal contact with a wide range of volunteers, donors and alumni.

Physical Demands

Must be able to travel out-of-town alone and must be able to drive an automobile.

Working Conditions

Will be required to attend after-hours functions. Will be required to travel up to 50% of time.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Job Duties

Description of Job Duty

a. Maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors with an emphasis on $100,000+ gifts.
b. Create annual development plan with goals and objectives for the benefit of Rice University in consultation with development leadership, and provide regular progress updates toward those goals.
c. Facilitate the involvement of recommended faculty, staff, and volunteers in major gift solicitations.
d. Partner with development colleagues in support of fundraising initiatives and strategies for major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, gift planning, and principal gifts.
e. Travel for the purpose of developing prospect relationships and solicitation of prospects.

Percentage of Time 65
Description of Job Duty

a. Develop, under the guidance of division leadership, the fundraising priorities for the region, along with commensurate goals, objectives, and strategies in support of those priorities.
b. Serve on a regional task force in collaboration with campus partners to develop an integrated strategy of engagement opportunities.
c. Serve as liaison between other university functions and the Development and Alumni Relations Division for the purpose of executing the regional engagement strategy.

Percentage of Time 15
Description of Job Duty

a. Exercise effective strategic planning skills through portfolio analysis and prospect strategy development.
b. Exercise effective communication skills through inter-office interactions, written correspondence, and timely entry (and updates) of information in the database.
c. Exercise effective collaboration through the use of prospect management and proposal submission protocols.
d. Produce high quality written documentation for the purpose of strategic briefings, correspondence, and call reports.
e. Follow the travel and expense policies in an effort to maximize the efficient use of resources.
f. Develop an ongoing professional development plan.

Percentage of Time 10
Description of Job Duty

a. Participate in staff/university meetings, team planning retreats and workshops, and interviews for benefit of the Development and Alumni Relations Division.
b. Attend University activities and events both on and off campus.
c. Represent the division of Development and Alumni Relations at events and on University teams and committees.

Percentage of Time 5
Description of Job Duty

a. Provide strategic oversight and coordination of volunteers for specified advisory boards and committees in support of fundraising initiatives.
b. Facilitate board and committee meetings by preparing for the involvement of volunteer leadership, creating materials to support volunteer efforts, and presenting updates on the status of fundraising objectives.

Percentage of Time 5

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five years of successful major gift fundraising experience at the $50K level with demonstrated success at the $100K+ level?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you possess (or have ability to obtain within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you had four or more moving violations and/or at fault accidents in the past three years?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have any convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years?
    • Yes
    • No