Director of Development- Albers School of Business & Economics
Seattle University - Seattle, WA

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Director of Development to join our community.

The Director of Development is responsible for leadership of a comprehensive development and major gifts program for the Albers School of Business and Economics, supporting the Dean of the School and reporting to the Assistant Vice President ( AVP ) for Development in University Advancement.

Supervises one full-time position, the Assistant Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving for Albers School of Business.

Essential Job Functions

The Director works closely with the Dean and University Advancement (UA) colleagues to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects and funders and provides stewardship in recognition of their philanthropy.

The Director manages a portfolio of donor/funder and potential donor relationships to secure major gift commitments. In addition, this position collaborates with the Planned Giving Office to solicit and steward planned giving prospects and Legacy Society members.

Prepares visit briefs, compelling written proposals and stewardship reports, including proposal development for corporate and foundation funding in coordination with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office.

The Director prioritizes personal visits to engage and qualify major gift prospects. This person is a knowledgeable, effective representative of the school, faculty, students and university.

The Director manages the Albers annual development operating plan and oversees the Albers alumni relations and annual giving program in coordination with the university’s offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.

Fosters a successful fundraising environment in the School including faculty and staff giving.

The Director supports the School’s volunteer leadership efforts that relate to fundraising.

Manage solicitations and donor relations for the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board and other selected boards.

The Director manages donors and prospects in conformity with the university’s prospect management protocol. Meets university’s standards for recording proposals and personal visits with donors and prospects in Raiser’s Edge, including efforts by Dean. Collaborates with UA stewardship program in stewarding donors and coordinating school scholarship awards.

Marginal Job Functions

The Director plans School donor or cultivation events including invitations, logistics, and briefs for Dean, President and Vice President and Assistant Vice President for Advancement as appropriate.

Facilitates the participation of Dean, faculty and volunteers in university development and alumni activities. Seek sponsorships and host guests at university events such as the Gala.

Oversees part-time work-study positions.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean of the Albers School of Business and Economics or the Assistant Vice President for Development that support university/School advancement.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of progressively responsible experience in higher education fundraising or comparably complex organization.

Position requires excellent interpersonal communication and writing. Candidates are required to have proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel, and will need to learn the University’s Raiser’s Edge database system.

Position requires some travel and attendance at evening/weekend events.

We seek a results-oriented, collaborative individual with the ability to organize multiple priorities concurrently. Initiative, positive attitude, alignment with the university’s and School’s mission.

Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising with an emphasis on individual donor cultivation and solicitation experience.

Demonstrated effectiveness in engaging and networking with business leaders.

Salary will be discussed during the interview process and is commensurate with qualifications.

Excellent Benefits Package

Our excellent benefits package currently includes: Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, significantly subsidized for employee and dependents; generous retirement plan: 10% of salary contributed by University (after 1 year); vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays plus Christmas week off, community service leave; Transportation pass 75% paid; Automatic payroll deposit; Library privileges for employees; University fitness facilities free for employees; S.U. tuition for employees and dependents administered in accordance with University policies.

Application Instructions

Please apply online at: Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying.

Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.

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Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.

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