Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
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- Job Category:
- Fundraising - Director of Development
- Reports To:
- Dean and Executive Director, Leadership Gifts and Presidential Development Activities, College of Architecture and Urban Planning
- Date Posted:
- Experience Range:
- 7 to 10 Years + Management Experience
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The Director of Development and Alumni Relations oversees the development and implements strategies which support the fundraising efforts for Taubman College; responsible for major gifts solicitation (above $100,000) as well as planning, and supporting and directing the solicitation of prospects by the Dean, faculty and staff and overseeing annual giving and related efforts is expected.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, with an emphasis on gifts of $100,000K and above.
- Plan and direct the solicitation of College prospects by the Dean, President, Provost, and Vice President for Development as appropriate.
- Identifying, assessing, analyzing and conceiving appropriate strategies for approaching prospects and making the vitally important selection of the appropriate donor interest match with program and curricular needs within the College. Specifically, this includes short- and long-term planning of solicitations and the analysis of prospects with respect to size of ask, areas of interest, timing of solicitations and identification of compelling needs within the College.
- Provide executive staff support to the Dean as related to fundraising activities including: strategic planning for Dean’s fundraising travel, providing briefing materials for meetings and visits, and drafting correspondence.
- Manage volunteer identification, recruitment, training and involvement in fund raising activities for the College and staff their ongoing activities.
- Oversee fund raising and stewardship activities for the College including donor events, scholarship events and volunteer meetings
- Oversee the annual giving, planned giving, and alumni relations operations for the College. Lead all efforts to coordinate on behalf of the College by the central major gifts, planned gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation offices.
- Work with the Dean, faculty, and senior administration of the College to articulate funding priorities and communicate the College’s funding objectives to both internal and external constituencies.
- Serve as a member of the Dean’s senior staff and advise on all alumni and development activities.
- Represent the College and the University at designated functions as required
- Maintain DAC and ROI central electronic files for all prospects, generate thank you letters, initiate and maintain communication (written and verbal) with Arch and Urban Planning prospects and donors.
- Direct research on prospects by the research department.
- Plan and execute events related to Development in key cities for the College
- Manage two staff, providing leadership, setting and evaluating individual goals, developing and sustaining appropriate training, mentoring, and assigning and monitoring coverage of primary areas of focus.
- Effectively manage a comprehensive budget to increase annual fundraising results.
- Initiate reports, conduct studies, and perform other tasks related to development at the direction of Dean.
- Other projects as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree highly desirable.
- Considerable experience (at least seven years) in academic fund raising at a College or university with a comprehensive development program is expected; comprehensive campaign experience at a multi-faceted institution is a plus. Commitment to leading a campaign though its entirety.
- Demonstrated leadership ability to develop strategic plans, implement programs, organize, initiate, and motivate is required.
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.
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