The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Director of Development - Director of Development for Major Gifts

Hiring department University Development
Monthly salary OPEN
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 17-12-20-01-0437
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 2
General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To raise philanthropic support from major gift donors with a capacity of 100,000 to 1 million dollars. Will work on gifts of 100,000 dollars plus annually. Will be part of an expansion of the Major Gifts team to provide dedicated support to colleges/schools/units in key regions and priority areas for the university.

Essential Functions

Build and carry an active portfolio of 100 to 150 prospective donors. Engage in qualification, strategy, relationship building and closing of major gift(s) at 100,000 dollars plus. Within 36 months of start date, consistently produce 2 million dollars plus per year. Participate in proposal preparation, strategy development, and stewardship as required for donors in the portfolio. Effectively work with faculty and academic leaders. Maintain appropriate electronic documentation on a timely basis, including proposal tracking, contact reports, donor strategies, and forecasting in VIP. Develop timely reports, letters, proposals, or gift agreements following a contact. Work collaboratively, proactively, and in a professional, service-oriented manner with all University development officers to further the development goals of the University.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree. A minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in major gifts fundraising or related fields. Experience in developing a strategic development plan for soliciting and securing gifts from private sources. Proven and measurable track record of successful face-to-face interactions with prospective donors. Experience in establishing strategies for identifying, qualifying, and cultivating prospective donors. Experience in developing and presenting gift proposals to prospective donors. Experience supporting senior administrators, faculty, and fellow gift officers. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects. Proven project management skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment. Must be able to travel to visit prospects and donors. Capable of working independently. Work with integrity and professionalism. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in individual major gifts fundraising with a track record of consistently closing numerous major gifts to raise 1 to 3 million dollars plus annually. Experience working in a large-scale development operation including but not limited to a comparable research university or a large health-care and/or non-profit organization. Experience with prospect management systems, e.g. VIP, Raiser's Edge, etc.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Must be able to travel days, evenings, and weekends when necessary.

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