The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah is at the leading edge of innovation in the professions of architecture, design and planning stemming from four commitments: responsibility, resilience, respect and response. These four commitments are game-changers that suggest that care is the ethical imperative of our professions demanding new modes of thinking and doing to transform the world into a better place. The college serves approximately 500 students with 24 full-time faculty and 14 staff and has a 97 percent placement rate at the time of graduation. Quite simply, this is a special place at a special time where there is a convergence of faculty, students and professional communities that seek positive, transformative change within a collaborative and creative environment.
The Director of Development is responsible for the strategic planning, organizing, and directing of all the College of Architecture + Planning’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. As such, this person directs all development activities involved with the solicitation of donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. This may include directing and coordinating efforts to solicit and secure gifts of various amounts including gifts of significant value and/or developing, planning and coordinating the Annual Giving Program. Most of the efforts of the Director will be devoted to identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects and donors. The Director will manage a portfolio of 100 or more major gift prospects and be expected to close five-figure and six-figure gifts on a regular basis.
This individual will also interface with the University’s Central Development Office and co-direct the activities of a shared Major Gifts Officer with that office or will have the opportunity to hire a Development Specialist as the strategy unfolds. The Director works closely with the Dean in all development and fund raising endeavors and serve as the primary conduit to the College’s Advisory Council.
University of Utah Job ID# PRN13275B, College of Architect & Plan-Dean
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Occasional weekend and evening work required.
COMPENSATION: $65,000 to $85,000/year. Strong benefit package including tuition reduction program, generous leave accrual, retirement and health plan options.
- Plans strategies and goals to increase fund-raising effectiveness including; corporate gift giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, grant acquisitions, scholarships, special events, telemarketing and crowdsourcing.
- Develops and administers the College development budget. May monitor the gift accounts including endowed and expendable funds to ensure that they are being managed in accordance with the donor/’s gift agreements.
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate development staff and volunteer staff.
- Prepares and analyzes market research to aid in fund raising.
- Develops long term relationships with potential donors. Responsible for cultivating prospects as potential donors to the department or college.
- Ensures appropriate recognition for donors, and may oversee annual donor newsletters and communications for special events in conjunction with the College public relations staff.
- Organizes and directs various boards and committees within the college/department.
- Tracks the solicitation progress and ensures that proper records are kept of each solicitation to avoid duplication of efforts and possible embarrassment. Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information.
- Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization.
This position has the authority to hire and fire development staff, to approve expenditures of the department/colleges operating and personnel budget consistent with the approved long-range goals and advancement plans. The incumbent makes direct contact with potential donors or foundations, maintains and updates potential and current donor relations within the procedures determined by the University President/’s office related to donor clearance. The major challenges of this position are achieving annual fund-raising financial objectives in a competitive market; creating new revenue streams and supervision of a creative workforce.