Dayton, OH

Senior Associate Director, Development, Diversity & Access Initiatives, University of Dayton

The Organization

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

Position Overview

As part of the University of Dayton’s commitment to diversity, equity, and access to higher education the Senior Associate Director of Development is responsible for establishing and managing a comprehensive fundraising program to effectively engage alumni, friends, and parents in supporting underrepresented students and programs. Reporting to the Executive Director of Leadership and Annual Giving, this position will work in collaboration with the University Provost, as well as the offices of Student Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Multicultural Affairs to identify funding priorities that will provide access, resources, and affordability for current and future students. Key responsibilities for the Associate Director of Development include but are not limited to the following:

Partner with the office of Alumni Relations and reunion staff to develop a plan that successfully engages and collaborates with underrepresented alumni and affinity groups in order to provide more affinity-based programming as well as a more inclusive alumni and donor experience.

Qualify, cultivate, and solicit University of Dayton alumni/ae, parents and friends capable of making leadership annual gifts and 3-5 year pledges.

Recruit, train and manage volunteer fundraisers to participate in Peer to Peer solicitations in order to increase overall alumni participation rates. Engage key volunteers and effectively utilize established events and other activities to move solicitations forward.

Devise and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies that utilize telephone, email, and in person meetings in order to meet activity and revenue goals. Travel to assigned regions as needed to secure philanthropic support.

Develop and implement retention and growth strategies to upgrade donors and to achieve and maintain leadership annual giving renewal rates with his/her portfolio of prospects

Solicit leadership annual gifts to fund core priorities as they relate to diversity and inclusion opportunities and identify and qualify future major and principal gift prospects.

Participate in events and programs in support of development activities for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Conduct appropriate stewardship activities to further enhance the relationship between assigned donors and UD. Initiate and maintain contact to promote positive donor relations.

Effectively communicate progress of cultivation efforts and results of visits with relevant staff and in contact reports, with particular emphasis on major donor prospect identification

Act as liaison between the Office of Development and various university departments and donors especially as it relates to providing an open and accepting community.

This position must be willing to travel.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.

Demonstrated experience working with a diverse campus community.

Three years of experience in higher education fundraising or non-profit fundraising.

Previous successful experience working with underrepresented students and alumni.

Demonstrated experience in volunteer management.

Successful demonstration in reaching defined goals.

Strong written communication skills.

Experience working in a goal-oriented and metrics-driven environment.

This position requires a valid driver’s license, low risk driving record and insurability by the University.

Willingness and ability to work some evenings and participate in overnight travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in student affairs, college student personnel, higher education, diversity & inclusion or a related field.
Greater than three years of experience in higher education fundraising or non-profit fundraising. 
Demonstrated successful experience in: 
• soliciting and securing gifts face to face with prospects
• problem-solving
• applying organizational skills to a fundraising or sales position held
• developing short term and long-term strategies for prospects
• providing customer service
• adapting to changing needs and environment
• effectively managing multiple, concurrent tasks
• effectively managing volunteers
• maximizing results by defining and following a plan
• developing and maintaining relationships 
• Proficiency in MS Office.
Exercise good judgment and confidentiality in discussing alumni, issues and results.
Maintain composure and calm demeanor in difficult situations.
Previous work experience in higher education or non-profit environment. 
Strong verbal communication experience with various constituent types.
Commitment to the University’s Catholic/Marianist character, personal integrity and a strong work ethic. 
Successful demonstration in exceeding defined fundraising goals
Proficiency in using Raiser’s Edge database.
Effective interpersonal communication skills, including wise judgement of uses for email, phone, and in person.
Effective presentation skills. 
Strong community connections with internal and/or external constituents.

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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