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The Director of Development, Regional Philanthropy and Engagement is part of the Department of Alumni Relations (DAR) Development Team at Vanderbilt University, and is a manager responsible to help lead the regional gift fundraising efforts for the assigned region (Houston), along with increasing alumni engagement and annual giving programs to drive greater levels of engagement and support.The Director manages a portfolio of their own prospects, helps oversee a budget for operations and travel, and serves as a mentor for assigned Associate Director development officer.The Director is required to develop and maintain a strong working relationship with the Executive Director of Development, Regional Philanthropy to facilitate partnerships around goals, priorities, and outcomes.The Director is expected to reside in the assigned region.The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.Duties and ResponsibilitiesHelp implement and coordinate Regional Philanthropy’s development programs, consistent with the overall development program at Vanderbilt University.DAR’s university development team is responsible for seeking new resources from alumni, parents, and friends to support key fundraising priorities at Vanderbilt University. The Director is expected to coordinate, plan, and work closely with the Executive Director and leaders within the assigned regional hub.In preparation for Vanderbilt’s comprehensive campaign, the Director helps with setting, tracking, and assessing progress towards Regional Philanthropy’s fundraising goals in coordination with other DAR teams.Secure major gifts.The Director serves as a major gift officer – driving forward the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors, stakeholders, and prospects that can make gifts of $100,000 or greater.Increase the overall fundraising success for Vanderbilt.The Director is charged with helping to build a new Regional Philanthropy program at Vanderbilt in conjunction with the universities larger regional vision. This includes helping drive a comprehensive fundraising program that will achieve success in securing funds to support key priorities, which could include, but are not limited to — endowed scholarships and chairs, academic program support, research funding, and capital projects. The Director also works closely with the Executive Director for Regional Philanthropy in the goal setting process each fiscal year to set targets that are both ambitious and achievable.Serve as liaison to other development teams, university offices, and school leadership.To realize the success of the Regional Philanthropy’s efforts, the Director will work in collaboration with other members of DAR staff to be successful and support university-wide objectives, along with a commitment to being donor-centric. Offices across the university’s key to success include: Leadership and Philanthropic Engagement, Provost areas, Planned Giving, Parents, Athletics Development, Marketing & Communications, Alumni Engagement, Career Advancement and Engagement, etc.Collaboration with other schools, colleges, and programs as well as developing prospect strategies for the effective utilization of the Chancellor, Provost, Deans, and other university leaders around significant fundraising opportunities that support the academic, athletics, and research mission of Vanderbilt is also part of the Director’s role. Strategic planning and advice are highly valued, as these are skills frequently utilized to compliment philanthropic efforts beyond development.Will work diligently with donors and volunteers to identify their peers to help increase the Vanderbilt sphere of influence.Establish oneself as a knowledgeable staff member by:* Learning the Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt’s responsibilities to the mission* Attaining an in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals* Collaborating with DAR staff to build and maintain best practices in soliciting major giftsEnhance departmental performance standards by:* Maintaining a level of reliability that generates stability in the department* Meeting or exceeding department performance standards* Fostering a spirit of cooperation* Understanding and effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures* Clearly communicating concerns and questions to team* Conveying thoughts/ideas to the leadership team on improving departmental performanceApproach each situation with a professional attitude by:* Exercising good judgment in discussing issues and results with the team* Maintaining composure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations* Respecting the need for confidentiality of donors and colleagues* Performing other duties as assignedSupervisory Relationships:This position has supervisory responsibility for one Associate Director of Development. This position will report directly administratively and functionally to the Executive Director of Regional Philanthropy.Qualifications* Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, is necessary* Three years of relevant development experience, or the equivalent, is necessary.* Five or more years of development experience preferred, with a background in a higher education setting.* The Director must be a seasoned and polished fundraising professional who understands and is able to articulate the nature and importance of a major research university, and in particular, the significant role of Vanderbilt’s academic community.* Willingness and ability to personally solicit gifts of $100,000 and larger.* Experience in managing development officers is preferred.* Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences.* Interpersonal skills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanor when dealing with alumni, parents, friends, and employees.* Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information.* Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, and Vanderbilt’s donor management system.* A proven record of achievement in major gift fund raising from individuals.* Excellent written and oral communication skills, specifically in the areas of proposal and presentation development.* Demonstrated success in working across teams and disciplines – facilitating solutions, designing new ideas, and driving forward priorities.* A working understanding of education and research that will help drive forward new interdisciplinary initiatives.* Familiarity with Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment is preferred.* The capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment.* Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities are essential.* Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education, research, and to the principles governing Development and Alumni Relations.* Routine overnight travel is required.* Some evening and weekend work, as needed.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and InclusionAt Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.#LI-HYBRID
Associated topics: administrative, administrative assistant, administrative officer, assist, associate, chief operations officer, document, front office, operation, records management

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