The Director of Development and Alumni Relations provides oversight and management of the Development and Alumni team and is responsible for strategy development, implementation and accountability of major gift fund-raising and alumni relations efforts for the Jackson School of Geosciences.
Serve as Chief Development Officer for the school and works to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward lead and major gift prospects and donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations. Develop strategies for major gift solicitations. Communicate the Dean's philanthropic vision for the school to constituents. Report directly to the Dean. Plan, develop, and execute strategies for obtaining private philanthropic donations through individuals, corporations, and foundations. Coordinate efforts across the school to identify, cultivate, steward and upgrade individual prospects and donors through major gifts, planned gifts and outright gifts. Identify new prospects through assessment and strategic research and in partnership with central development research group. Oversee and/or plan fund-raising, stewardship and cultivation events. Provide the Dean opportunities to share the vision of the JSG with individuals and groups to assist in furthering advancement of the mission of the school. Coordinate personal meetings between the Dean, individuals and corporate and foundation representatives. Provide leadership and overall program strategy in planning, coordinating, and implementing Jackson School alumni engagement through the Friends and Alumni Network (FANS), regional chapters and programming, and general alumni activities. In partnership with the Dean, provide strategic direction for the Advisory Council board. Provide leadership in the development and execution of two annual Geology Foundation Advisory Council meetings. Coordinate the AC member nomination process. Engage AC membership in the life of the school and coordinate continued communication between the Dean and AC members. Work directly with AC members to share the Dean's vision and encourage personal and/or corporate philanthropic contributions. In partnership with Financial Affairs, assure management of Foundation accounts are in accordance with donor intent. Oversee stewardship efforts and donor recognition of Foundation accounts. Oversee the gift recording process for endowment, outright and non-monetary gifts through the Foundation; oversee pledge process in partnership with central development. Manage the annual budget for Development/Alumni; allocate use of available resources. Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for alumni and friends to participate in the life of the school. Oversee briefing materials for the Dean and provide staff support during select alumni events. Supervise development staff, professionals and volunteers. Serve as part of Dean's Office management team. Determine staffing requirements; hire and train new staff. Set staff goals and objectives; monitor staff performance, including performance reviews. Work with central development on productivity and resource status reports. Work with central development to maintain integrity and accuracy of VIP system. Evaluate development processes; plan and implement procedures and systems to maximize operating efficiency; establish and maintain controls; formulate JSG Dev/Alumni policies and practices. Have a minimum of 13 face-to-face personal meetings with individuals or representatives of corporations/foundations per month (160 per year); Submit at least 25 proposals per year. Build collaborative relationships across UT and the JSG between faculty, staff, Texas Exes and UT development community.
Serve as a consultant on alumni events/fund-raising activities and provide event support to JSG units. Other related functions as assigned.
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree; and a minimum of 7 to 10 years of fund-raising experience, with a minimum of five years in a supervisory capacity, preferably in higher education; Business management skills are required, including budgeting and finance, human resources, project and program development. Superior verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including strong presentation, liaison and negotiation skills. High degree of organization, analytical and project management skills, including the ability to anticipate risks and a creative approach to problem solving. Evidence of strong leadership skills, including setting visions, defining strategy and communicating them to others. Highly capable and confident leadership skills. Demonstrated experience as a strong and effective manager and supervisor of staff; a propensity to reward and inspire staff while building a truly team-oriented departmental culture. A natural inclination to think and act institutionally as opposed to individually; proven success in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of seven-figure plus gifts. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Master's Degree. Marketing, communication, graphic design, print and web media experience. Ability to translate technical content into compelling marketing collateral and communications.
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity