The Department of Development and AlumniRelations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, bothhuman and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for theidentification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals andorganizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those ofVanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
TheDirector of Development assists in planning and implementing the programmaticvision on behalf of the School of Engineering.
Inaddition to identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, friends, firms andfoundations for major gifts, the Director also supports the Associate Dean incoordinating operational services and activities, and helps to integrate themajor gift fundraising efforts with the work of the Director of AlumniRelations, the Annual Giving team, and other DAR colleagues. The Director helps to direct the work of twoAssociate Directors of Leadership Annual Giving, and is supported by a Developmentand Alumni Relations Assistant.
Duties and responsibilities
Help design,implement, and coordinate the School of Engineering's development programs,consistent with the overall development program at Vanderbilt University.
DAR's university development team isresponsible for seeking new resources from alumni, parents, friends,corporations and foundations to support key fundraising priorities at theSchool of Engineering. The Director ofdevelopment is charged with assisting in the setting, tracking, and assessingprogress towards Engineering's fundraising goals in coordination with other DARteams (e.g. Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, Corporate Relations,Foundation Relations, the Parents and Grandparents Campaign, and PlannedGiving). The Director will assist in workingwith the Dean to effectively engage boards, committee, or councils whose membershipincludes alumni or other supporters and whose responsibilities – in part orsolely – include increasing philanthropy.
The Director of Development serves as a majorgift officer for Engineering – driving forward the identification, cultivation,solicitation, and stewardship of approximately 65-75 prospects that are capableof making gifts of $100,000 or greater. Outright gifts, pledges, corporate and foundation awards, and plannedgifts at this level are all part of the Director of Development's portfolio.
Increase theoverall fundraising success for the School of Engineering.
The Director of Development is charged with assistingthe comprehensive fundraising program that will drive larger success insecuring funds to support key priorities, which could include, but are notlimited to -- endowed scholarships and chairs, academic program support,research funding, and capital.
Develop solicitation strategies for potentialmajor gift donors; make direct solicitations; staff dean, faculty, andvolunteers as needed.
Establish oneselfas a knowledgeable staff member by:
Learningthe Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt and the Schoolof Engineering's responsibilities to the mission
Attainingan in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals in Engineering.
Collaboratingwith DAR staff to build and maintain best practices in soliciting major gifts.
Support theAssociate Dean in coordinating operations regarding major gifts fundraising,alumni relations, public relations, and communications. This includes working with prospect research,gift processing and accounting, reporting and analysis, office management,budgeting, and collaboration with the school/college and DAR colleagues asneeded.
Enhancedepartmental performance standards by:
Maintaininga level of reliability that helps stability in the department
Fosteringa spirit of cooperation
Understandingand effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Conveyingthoughts/ideas to the Associate Dean of Development on improving team performance
Approach eachsituation with a professional attitude by:
Exercisinggood judgment in discussing issues and results
Maintainingcomposure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations
Respectingthe need for confidentiality of donors and colleagues
Performingother duties as assigned
This position has no supervisoryresponsibility, but will help train and coordinate tasks with fellow teammates –An Associate Director of Development, 2 Associate Directors of LeadershipAnnual Giving, a Development Coordinator, and 2 DAR Assistants.
This position reports administratively andfunctionally to the Associate Dean of Development, Engineering.
Profile of anIdeal Candidate
The Director of Development must be aprofessional and polished fundraising officer who understands and is able toarticulate the nature and importance of a major research university, and inparticular, the significant role of Engineering within this larger academiccommunity. Leading candidates should have:
A Bachelor's Degreeis required, however, an Advanced degree is preferred.
3years of relevant experience, or the equivalent is necessary.
5 or more yearsof development experience preferred, with a background in a higher education setting
Willingnessand ability to personally solicit gifts of $100,000 and larger
Excellentorganizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the abilityto articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt Universityto a wide range of audiences
Interpersonalskills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanorwhen dealing with alumni, parents, friends, and employees
Abilityto exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information
Abilityto use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, andVanderbilt's donor management system
Aproven record of achievement in major gift fundraising from individuals
Goodwritten and oral communication skills, specifically in the areas of proposaland presentation development
Demonstratedsuccess in working across teams and disciplines – facilitating solutions anddriving forward priorities
Familiaritywith Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research universityenvironment is preferred.
Thecapacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academicenvironment
Abilityto work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projectssimultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities
Exhibitpersonal characteristics enabling effective interaction with importantconstituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement ofeducation, research, and to the principles governing Development and AlumniRelations
Valuesthe importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and iscommitted to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Routineovernight travel is required
Someevening and weekend work, as needed
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located inNashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a fullrange of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt issituated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 facultyand staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently citeNashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part ofthe Vanderbilt community. VanderbiltUniversity is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledgeexpanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity issought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as oneof ‘America's Best Large Employers’ and the top employer in Tennessee and theNashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).
VanderbiltUniversity offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health,dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disabilityinsurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
VanderbiltUniversity is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusiveacademic community of faculty, staff, andstudents. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campusvalues.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.