Cedarville University is seeking an Executive Director of Development who will effectively implement strategies and processes for best practice in fundraising and stewardship of donors at all levels. This position supervises all director level positions in the development department. This is a full time, exempt position that reports to the Associate Vice President of Advancement.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:
ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION (45%)
Engage with other division leaders as a member of the Vice President’s Cabinet.
Supervise all aspects of the University’s donor solicitation program including annual and major gifts, foundations and grants, and gift planning.
Collaborate with campus partners, providing processes and best practices for development efforts within schools and departments.
Develop strategies for scholarships, endowment, gift planning, athletic, and academic fundraising initiatives. Supervise major gift solicitations.
Supervise marketing for gift planning and endowment fundraising.
Serve as primary liaison with business office pertaining to gift planning.
Participate in quarterly dynamic portfolio reviews
Train, motivate, and evaluate direct reports.
RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT AND SOLICITATION (45%)
Manage relationships with an assigned portfolio of approximately 75 – 100 donor prospects who have demonstrated capacity to make gifts of $10,000 or more annually. Responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding each relationship according to established performance standards and metrics, which includes total number of contacts, visits, and funds raised in a fiscal year. Travel averages approximately 7-10 days per month.
Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
Work collaboratively with University staff, faculty, and leadership to effectively cultivate and steward donor relationships, applying sound strategy, humility, and grace.
Identify and facilitate strategic opportunities for prospects to interact with University leaders, including the President, Chancellor, board members, and administrators.
Represent the University at donor, community, and alumni events as necessary.
MONITORING AND REPORTING (10%)
Document activity according to departmental standards
Attend regular Advancement staff and organization-wide meetings
Maintain consistent office presence in between travel for the purpose of building community and facilitating effective communication
Seven to ten years of successful experience in major gift acquisition required. Three years of supervisory experience preferred. Campaign experience, preferably in higher education, preferred. Knowledge of planned giving and grant writing preferred.
Expertise in the following is required:
Interpersonal, written, and verbal communication
Possession of valid driver’s license and ability to comply with university vehicle-use requirements. Willingness and ability to travel.
All official inquiries should be directed to Teresa Day, Director of Staffing Services. Applicants must agree with and be willing to abide by Cedarville University's doctrinal statement, community covenant, and general workplace standards.
This position is subject to the University's verification of credentials and other information required by law and Cedarville University policies, including the completion of a criminal history investigation. Cedarville University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Cedarville University is an exceptional Christian university in Southwest Ohio. As one of the top Christian colleges in the Midwest, Cedarville University attracts 4,193 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887 for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, Cedarville is recognized nationally as a Baptist college with caring, authentic community; rigorous and Christ-centered academic programs; strong graduation and retention rates; intentional focus on the Gospel; accredited professional and health science majors; and leading student satisfaction ratings. Cedarville University has been honored as one of the top-ranked Christian universities granting bachelor’s degrees and a "best college" for studying the Bible. Cedarville University academic teams regularly win or rank in the top tier of national and international competitions. Cedarville is also recognized among the best universities in Ohio.
Except as provided below, qualified applicants are considered for all positions, and employees are treated without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability – if such disability may be ...accommodated without undue hardship.
The University, under various sections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (as amended), reserves the right to discriminate on the basis of religion, marital status or gender (with regard to certain positions) where approved job description for a position indicates that the determination relates to a bonafide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular position, or where the job description can demonstrate that the University is unable to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious observance or practice without undue hardship in the conduct of that position's responsibilities and activities.