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SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Development will be responsible for assisting with the daily operations and programs designed to meet University fundraising goals. This position is responsible for developing, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding constituents, including but not limited to former students, current and former parents, community members, businesses, University staff and faculty, board members, planned gift and endowment donors, and other prospects. Responsibilities include but are not limited to managing the annual fund campaign, a portfolio of 75 donors, the volunteer program and other community-based programs, stewardship activities, and events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Oversee, manage, and achieve fundraising goals for Schreiner’s annual fund. The annual fund includes but is not limited to community development (non-alumni constituents) and raising funds for Hill Country College Fund and operating program support. Manage and train Hill Country College Fund volunteers.
  • Engage donors and potential donors through personal visits, community and University events, online meetings, phone calls, emails, or other strategies as appropriate.
  • Manage a portfolio of up to 75 non-alumni constituents, develop written solicitation strategies and proposals, purposefully guide prospects to make major investments in Schreiner, and build long-term relationships that encourage lifelong giving.
  • Coordinate and work cooperatively with the Director of Development, President, Vice President, foundation officer, alumni officers, and others on cultivation activities, solicitations, and strategies to increase and inspire new multi-year giving for annual, capital, endowment, and planned giving programs.
  • Assist the Director of Development in departmental affairs, administration, and developing short and long-term strategies.
  • Plan, implement and manage fundraising programs and events as assigned that are designed to support institutional priorities. The strategies and tactics may include, but not be limited to, personal gift solicitation, major and planned gifts, special fundraising events, direct marketing programs such as direct mail, e-solicitation, and phone solicitation.
  • Assist with the development and writing of materials that identify funding priorities and articulate the case for supporting the university. Materials may include solicitation appeals, proposals, programs for events and marketing and communication materials targeted to donors.
  • Manage community and stewardship activities and events, and related budgets including but not limited to the annual donor recognition banquet, annual student letter writing, and Schreiner Alliance.
  • Manage the volunteer program by recruiting, placing, and retaining volunteers on campus to help the university fulfill its mission.
  • Manage budgets for the Volunteer Program, Schreiner Alliance, Hill Country College Fund, and other assigned activities, events, and projects.
  • Assist with serving as fundraising counsel to athletics and varsity programs.
  • Participate in the prospect management process to ensure coordination of high-end annual funds, major gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Participate in and assist with Schreiner University activities such as the annual Schreiner University Christmas Tea, Recall (homecoming), cultivation events, and other activities/duties as assigned and, when possible, support the campus activities and groups: choir, athletics, student life, etc.
  • Utilize the alumni and donor database to record contact activities, proposals, and gift documentation as appropriate.
  • Travel as necessary in the fulfillment of these duties.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s Degree and five years’ experience in fundraising or a related area, preferably in higher education, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, collaboratively, and within a team structure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate and motivate a broad spectrum of people, including donors, volunteers, board members, and colleagues, as well as University leadership and students.
  • Superior written and oral communication, public speaking, negotiating, organizational, analytical, and fundraising skills.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan, implement and lead development projects and successful events, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes and tracking and reporting progress to senior managers.
  • Creative ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement programmatic activities from only very general guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to read financial reports, gather and analyze data and compile information for written reports.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and adapt to changing priorities and last-minute requests.
  • Knowledge of database management software such as Raiser’s Edge is desired.
  • Knowledge of the techniques and tools available for individual prospect research and tax laws affecting charitable giving.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft platforms and tools such as Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); and online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft platforms and tools such as Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); and online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • Ability and willingness to travel overnight periodically and work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Must have a valid Texas driver’s license, related-insurance, and good driving record.
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