The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Director of Development - Director of Development

Hiring department Wildflower Center
Monthly salary $6,000+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 830AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-02-26-01-0437
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Position is located at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.

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 lead a dynamic team and direct all development activities involved with the solicitation of donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. This includes directing and coordinating efforts to solicit and secure operating, capital and planned gifts of significant value.

Essential Functions

Direct the Center's capital campaign, endowment, planned giving and annual fundraising efforts. Develop strategies and goals to increase fundraising effectiveness including corporate gift giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, grant acquisitions, and special events. Direct the Center's membership, corporate sponsorship, and tribute gift programs. Personally solicit and obtain planned gifts, capital gifts, endowment and major gifts to the Center. Develop long term relationships with donors and cultivate prospects as potential donors to the Center. Develop and administer the departmental budget. Monitor gift accounts including endowed and expendable funds to ensure they are being managed in accordance with the donors' gift agreements. Recruit, hire, supervise and evaluate a dynamic departmental staff. Provide primary staff support for advisory council fundraising-related committees within the Center. Participate as part of the Center's executive management team, including Master Planning and Strategic Planning processes. Ensure appropriate recognition of donors, oversee donor communications and special recognition events. Ensure that proper records are kept for all donor solicitations. Meet annual fundraising goals for the Wildflower Center. Meet annual donor contact goals and provide a monthly accounting of donor contacts to the Executive Director.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned. Some weekends and evenings required to support mission related events.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree and proven track record of successful fundraising required. Minimum of eight years experience as a senior development executive, ideally in an organization that sustains and nurtures a broad base of members and relies on annual and major gifts for its support. At least four years experience managing a team of development professionals. Background in such fundraising and development areas as annual campaigns, major gifts, corporate and foundation donations, and planned giving. Must be capable of working with sensitive information with complete confidentiality. Well-developed interpersonal skills to create strong relationships with current and future donors and constituencies, as well as the executive presence necessary to perform successfully at senior levels. Strong management and motivational skills. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree preferred. A demonstrated interest and/or commitment to the environment, plant conservation, sustainability, etc. Experience working with committed advisory council members, enthusiastic volunteers and a strong staff. Knowledge of Austin and Texas-based foundations and corporations and national environmental foundations. Working knowledge of the UT Austin structure, policies, procedures, and the UT VIP donor database. Working knowledge of Altru or other Blackbaud software programs.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Light to moderate overnight travel (up to 30 percent) by land and/or air. Occasional evenings and weekends for outdoor mission related events.

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