The Senior Associate Director of Development

Position Overview


The Senior Associate Director of Development will provide vision and leadership for the fundraising related to the College of Education along with all related constituencies in accordance with the Advancement Division and the University as strategic plan. This position will also be asked to manage fundraising for Butler University in the Southeastern part of the United States. Essential to this role will be the ability to develop strong working relationships with campus administrators including the President, Provost, Academic Deans, Athletic Director and other key members of University leadership including major and principal gift prospects. S/he will report to the Executive Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving and serve as a member of the Development Team and a key contributor to the University as forthcoming comprehensive campaign. The position requires excellent collaborative skills to be applied with the Development Officers, other front-line fundraisers and across departments.


Duties and Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Vice President of Advancement, Executive Directors of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, Development & Campaign Programs, Alumni & Engagement Programs, Advancement Services, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts, and front line fundraisers, develops the goals, strategies, and tasks associated with closing gifts for the College of Education at Butler University. Responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and/or stewarding a portfolio of 75 - 100 prospects within a collaborative and accountable infrastructure with a minimum of 9 face to face visits monthly. Develops written proposals, gift agreements and other appropriate correspondence necessary to close and document new gifts and commitments. Works as a collaborative partner with colleagues in all Advancement departments to further the overall goals of University Advancement and Butler University. Exhibits effective and open communication with the Executive Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, colleagues within Advancement, as well as Butler University's leadership including the President, Provost, Executive Council, and Board of Trustees. Attends appropriate meetings and performs other related duties as required and deemed appropriate to effectively accomplish responsibilities of position. Travels as necessary locally and regionally to manage portfolio of prospects effectively and to assist with managing events. Represents Butler University with integrity and professionalism.


Position Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required, Master as preferred with 1-2 years of professional and progressive experience is required; must have a demonstrated record of successfully closing major gifts; higher education experience is preferred. Candidates with fundraising and writing experience will be given strong preference. Education/experience equivalents considered, especially in sales. Commitment to and track record of superior customer service. Demonstrated success working in a team environment. Ability to handle multiple deadlines and projects and prioritize accordingly. Understanding of philanthropy as it relates to higher education. Ability to use discretion in working with confidential and sensitive data. Strong interpersonal and written communications skills with demonstrated attention to detail and ability to relate to individuals at varying levels internally and externally. History of success in developing and managing relationships with major donors, prospects, or clients. Computer software skills, including Microsoft Office is required, and knowledge of integrated client database systems is preferred. Professional in appearance, demeanor, and decision-making. Willingness/ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Demonstrated success working in a team environment