Executive Director - Development
DEPARTMENT: Office of Advancement
LOCATION: Grand Rapids - W.A Lettinga Campus *Hybrid Schedule *
REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President-Advancement
PAY: $110,000 - $120,000
Davenport University seeks a highly motivated and experienced fundraising professional to serve as the Executive Director of Development within the Office of Advancement. This key leadership position will report to the Executive Vice President for Advancement. They will be responsible for creating and executing a strategic fundraising plan to achieve major gifts and annual giving objectives in alignment with the university's mission, vision, and strategic priorities. The Executive Director will play a vital role in building relationships with a diverse group of constituents, including individuals, alumni, corporations, foundations, and more, to drive philanthropic success for Davenport University in achieving their $35M campaign goal for ELEVATE: A campaign for Davenport University. http://www.davenport.edu/elevate
? Major Gift Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive major gift strategy and annual plan, focusing on raising significant funds to support the university's philanthropic priorities.
? Collaborative Approach: Collaborate internally to create compelling cases for support, proposals, and stewardship materials that resonate with donors and prospects.
? Leadership Role: Serve as a key member of the Office of Advancement leadership team, contributing to the overall strategy, planning, and execution of short and long-term fundraising goals and oversee the assistant director of development.
? Donor Portfolio: Manage a portfolio of 125-175 current and prospective donors, conducting at least 150 visits annually and producing a minimum of 24 proposals above $50,000 for solicitation.
? Foundation Engagement: Maintain strong relationships with Foundation Trustees, ensuring their participation, trustee giving, relationship growth, and identification of new prospects.
? Prospect Research: Develop a robust prospect pool for research on potential donors and alumni in collaboration with department staff.
? Cultivation and Solicitation: Conduct prospect and donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship while overseeing a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects.
? Annual Giving Strategy: Oversee the creation and implementation of the annual giving strategy.
? Live our STAIR Values: Serving with Quality, Trustworthiness, Accountability, Innovation and Creativity, Respect and Inclusion,
What can you expect?
? Davenport University and the Office of Advancement highly prioritize employee work life balance
? Small collegiate feel with the world class resources of an institution of higher learning
? A driven & results-oriented team environment
? Committed, competent and engaged leadership at all levels
? Hybrid Schedule
? Advancement fundraising position with low travel expectations
? Strong healthcare and retirement benefits
? Free and significantly reduced tuition for employees, dependents, and spouses
? Bachelor's Degree in a related field.
? Minimum of seven years of successful fundraising-related experience.
? Minimum of five years of experience in major gift cultivation and solicitation.
? Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships that generate institutional support.
? Experience in managing teams and achieving desired outcomes.
? Strong goal-setting and deadline management skills.
? Proficiency in various fundraising facets, including capital campaigns, major gifts, and planned giving.
? Exceptional planning, organizational, and implementation skills.
? Proficiency in computerized data systems.
? Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills for diverse audiences.
? Ethical, motivated, and dedicated to the university's mission.
? Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.
? Masters Degree in a related field.
? Prior Higher Education experience in Advancement and Development.
About Grand Rapids, Michigan:
Join our dynamic team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where work-life balance is not just a concept, but a way of life. Nestled along the scenic Grand River and situated in close proximity to the breathtaking shores of Lake Michigan, our city offers an unparalleled quality of life for individuals and families alike. Experience the charm of a city known for its friendly philanthropic community, diverse cultural scene, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including pristine beaches and water activities on Lake Michigan. Grand Rapids is not just a workplace; it's a place where your family can thrive amidst a strong sense of community, excellent schools, and a wealth of family-friendly attractions. From award-winning craft breweries and farm-to-table dining to world-class art exhibits and music festivals, Grand Rapids provides an enriching environment for both personal and professional growth. Join us in a city where every day is an opportunity to blend career success with the joys of family life.
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