Director of Major Gifts - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States


Detailed Job Description

In 2010, the Metropolitan State College of Denver launched the Exceptional Place, Extraordinary Possibilities (EPEP) campaign to continue the pursuit of its founding mission to provide accessible, excellent education to any student with the desire to achieve. Toward this end EPEP identified four critical needs: 1) the creation of the Hospitality Learning Center for the rapidly growing Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department; 2) to complete the new permanent location of the Center for Visual Art; 3) growth of scholarships for deserving students; and to solidify Metro State's role as a community resource through our Centers for Excellence.

The Director reports directly to the AVP of Development and works closely with the VP of Advancement and External Relations and campaign volunteer leadership in setting up systems and carrying out the day-to-day activities to run and manage the campaigns. The Director is responsible for overall campaign management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking strategy, task assignment, solicitation and maintenance of timelines. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, detail-oriented, entrepreneurial development professional who possess significant capital campaign experience and success in securing major gifts from a broad range of constituencies.

- Develop, plan, execute and manage a capital campaign with the immediate goal of $25M.

- Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects.

- Work collaboratively with colleagues in the Development Department and Office of Sponsored Research & Programs to research, identify and cultivate funding prospects from the public, corporate and foundation sectors.

- Effectively manage and maintain positive relationships with campaign volunteers as assigned.

- Recruit and support campaign volunteers, building capacity and results by organizing and effectively engaging volunteers and managing volunteer assignments, time-lines follow up and appreciation.-

- Manage the writing and development of campaign print and electronic materials and coordinate their design and production.

- Oversee and ensure timely and accurate campaign record keeping.

- Manage the campaign budget and related expenses in consultation with AVP and AVP of Development.

- Ensure donor acknowledgement, stewardship and public recognition as appropriate. In collaboration with other gift officers and development staff, prepare an annual plan that includes goals and timetables for prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The plan will also include strategies to increase existing donors' giving levels.

- Document contacts, strategies and proposals in Raiser's Edge and other prospect-tracking modules.

- Preparation of donor proposals, presentations and stewardship materials and related reports as necessary and participate in solicitations as appropriate.

- Conduct research to expand the pool of major gift prospects and evaluate those brought forward from others sources including Foundation Board members, faculty and staff.

- Work cooperatively with colleagues to prepare the President and other members of the senior leadership team for meetings and interactions with donors and potential donors.

- Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

- BA Degree

- Exceptional interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, community volunteers, Foundation and Trustee Board Members, donors and prospective donors.

- Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear goals and objectives.

- Outstanding demonstrated success building, cultivating and stewarding new relationships leading to measurable results i.e., larger donor base, increase in campaign revenue, increase in volunteer participation and partnership.

- Superior verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

7-10 years professional prior experience as a development professional, with a track record of success and specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and major gifts. Commensurate professional experience in relationship development, client and business development, or other relevant experience will be considered.

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

Copies of Transcripts will be required of all finalists.

Keyword Phrases

  • Director of Major Gifts
  • Development Office
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelor's and master's degrees
  • Other Executives
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  • Development and Fund Raising Executives
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 5/25/2012