Director of Development
Title: Director of Development
Date: January 24, 2014
Department: Institutional Advancement
Bridgewater College is seeking a full-time Director of Development.
The Director of Development will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and is responsible for the overall management of the major gifts program, which is responsible for managing relationships and securing support from donors. The successful candidate will develop and implement a plan for major gift fundraising. Primary duties include:
- Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.
- Manage 3-4 staff members.
- Develop and implement programs for professional development of major and special gifts staff, including tracking, documenting, and assuring continued growth and improvement.
- Work closely with advancement staff to insure effective coordination with their programs and to reinforce the prospect relationship continuum.
- Participate in institutional advancement team efforts, including development and moves management strategy meetings for key prospects and internal planning efforts.
- Keep current on programs and faculty/research/student initiatives at the College; network with faculty and staff.
- Coordinate the endowment program, including strategies for building scholarship and non-scholarship endowment as well as the recognition of those donors who have supported the endowment.
- Coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of major and special gifts donors in coordination with the Director of the Bridgewater Fund.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have;
- Bachelor’s degree (required) or Master’s degree (preferred)
- Five or more years of individual major gift fundraising, preferably in higher education
- Two or more year’s experience in managing and motivate a team of paid as well as volunteer staff
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Capability to work independently and as part of a team
- Positive attitude and flexible approach to working with people and events
- Goals/results-oriented approach to work
- Ability to see big picture and how Major Gifts fundraising integrates with larger College goals.
- Attention to detail to ensure that all relationship-building events are conducted in accordance with quality standards that represent the College
- Willingness and ability to work frequent evenings and some weekends
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
- Demonstrated proficiency with electronic and social media technologies
- Good driving record (required)
GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880. Located only two hours southwest of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of approximately 1,800 students representing 28 states and 10 countries. Bridgewater admitted women from the time of its founding and was the first private liberal arts college in Virginia to do so.
Bridgewater offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple areas of emphasis and concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 22 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: contact Todd Lilley, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement by email at email@example.com.
APPLICATION: Please complete our online application and attach a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference.
DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position is open until filled.
Bridgewater College is committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.
Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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