Auburn, Alabama

Director, Development (College of Architecture, Design and Construction), Auburn University

The Organization

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Job Summary

The Office of Advancement and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction are conducting a search for a Director of Development who can effectively and diplomatically work with prospects and donors, colleagues, high-level administrators, volunteer leaders, parents, corporations and foundations, and other constituents to secure philanthropic support that enhances the student experience at Auburn University. The ideal candidate is a collaborative, energetic professional with strong management skills and sound judgment who can perform the role of a major gift fundraiser and unit leader for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Philanthropy Office. The Director will jointly report to the Vice President of Philanthropy and the Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

It is an exciting time to join Auburn Advancement which includes Operations and Strategy, Talent and Culture, Engagement, Philanthropy, and Communications. Led by Senior Vice President John Morris, an energetic, experienced, and respected advancement leader, this newly formed organization has a vision to lead and shape the future of advancement. It will embrace purpose, collaboration, innovation, and production as core values. Auburn Advancement is committed to a culture that fosters mutual respect, inclusion, accountability, and professional development. It offers a modern work environment where employees are trusted to realize their full potential and earn their pinnacle career experience.

Essential Functions    

•               Manages and coordinates the functions and operations of a Development office that includes supervision of staff and sole budget responsibility.

•               Creates a strategic plan for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Philanthropy Office that supports the fundable initiatives for the college.

•               Updates and informs supervisors and other staff of goal status, new plans, and project proposals, and ensures that a cooperative team effort is made to meet goals and objectives.

•               Identifies potential prospects for cultivation through research, initial contact ratings, peer reviews, development officers, and other relevant resources and conducts follow-up actions.

•               Secures an appropriate level of private support in relationship to goals.

•               Solicits gifts through person-to-person visits, group presentations, and phone contacts.

•               Provides stewardship to include acknowledging and showing gratitude and impact for donating either by letter, phone call, and/or participating in/attending events and functions for donors.

•               Develops campaigns and/or presentation proposals related to funding priorities in order to keep top prospects informed, interested, and involved and to meet development goals and objectives.

•               Assists in producing marketing materials to support development efforts.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level: Bachelor’s degree

Field of Study: Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or related field

Years of Experience: 7

Area of Experience: Proven successful experience in development, fundraising, donor relations, alumni relations, public relations, and marketing/communications.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels      

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Requirements for Additional Job Levels      

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities  Knowledge of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gift regulations, fundraising techniques and strategies, and accounting and budgeting principles and practices. Ability to plan and implement fundraising programs and marketing strategies.

The candidate selected for this position should have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse stakeholders, have evidence of success in cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships, and possess superior interpersonal and communications skills including public speaking and persuasive writing. Excellent organizational skills; the desire and ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team-based environment; and the ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives which include targets for fundraising goals are required. Must be able and willing to work some weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection.

Minimum Technology Skills 

Minimum License and Certifications  Valid Driver’s License


Desired Qualifications

Proven track record of successful gift solicitation in higher education and a strong motivation to exceed annual goals. Demonstrated experience in public speaking, organization of events, and leadership roles is also desired.

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range   $74,400 – $133,900

Job Category   Development/Alumni Affairs

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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