Development Director
Park University - Parkville, MO

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Development Director

Serve as the Development Director for the University to solicit alumni and friends for gifts to support the University, its academic units, programs, faculty and students.

  • This position has a primary focus on identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects in order to build a portfolio of individual donors both locally and nationally.
  • This position requires travel up to 50%.
  • The position requires fundraising ability and knowledge to align prospect interest with institutional need that leads to successful solicitation of annual gifts, major gifts and planned gifts.
  • The Development Director will assist with fundraising for special projects and programs in support of academic units.
  • This position will require solicitation of corporations for support of University programs and events as assigned.
  • Serve as a liaison to represent Park University at official functions.

(How Tasks Are Performed)Develop and execute solicitation strategies for donors in a selected portfolio; work with various University departments and personnel to determine appropriate fundraising opportunities and strategies; business writing as necessary; this position is required to travel more than 50%.

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years directly related fundraising experience required
  • Experience with securing five to six figure major gifts preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Strive to achieve financial and non-financial objectives while adhering to ethical standards
  • Key abilities needed include relationship development, team work and problem solving
  • Ability to work extended hours periodically in support of key University events
  • Ability to travel 50%