Director of Athletics Development

South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 02, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Athletics Development

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Job Title:
Director of Athletics Development

Job Family:

Full time

Compensation Grade:

Pay Type:

Athletics Development

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Senior Associate Athletics Director - Executive Director of Athletics Development, this position directs the operations of the Athletics annual fund - the Paladin Club - and contributes to the Athletics Development team by managing a major gifts portfolio, raising funds to advance the university's fundraising priorities in the areas of Athletics annual giving, capital projects, and endowment. The Director plans and implements an ongoing strategy for engagement and annual giving to Athletics from alumni, friends of the university, corporations, parents, lettermen, university faculty and staff, Athletics staff, students and season ticket holders.

Job Description:


Plans and executes an effective annual fundraising campaign for the Paladin Club by engaging alumni, friends, corporations, lettermen, faculty and staff, students and season ticket holders.

Acts as a liaison between Athletics and the University Development office to drive Athletics' annual fundraising efforts. The Athletics Development staff are essential members of the University Development team.

Coordinates Athletics fundraising priorities, strategies, and prospects with the Senior Associate Athletics Director - Executive Director of Athletics Development, the Director of Athletics, and the Vice President of Development.

Manages a portfolio of major gift prospects capable of making gifts of $10,000 and larger to meet annual fundraising goals.

Aggressively seeks new Paladin Club members each year.

Seeks major gifts to advance Athletics priorities in the areas of Athletics annual giving, capital projects, and endowment.

Identifies ways to increase the value of Paladin Club membership for our donors.

Develops a marketing plan and prepares printed and digital materials to advance fundraising efforts.

Works closely with the Athletics External Operations team and University Development Annual Giving to develop compelling messaging for printed materials, digital campaigns, and social media content.

Coordinates with the Athletics Ticket Office on the execution of member benefits, special offers, and ticketing opportunities utilizing priority points. Oversees the fulfillment of parking for football and men's basketball.

Works with direct reports to assist with strategies related to managing their individual portfolios and advancing donor relationships.

Prepares reports and in depth analysis for the Director of Athletics, Senior Associate Athletics Director - Executive Director of Athletics Development,, Athletics CFO, and Vice President of Development which reflect the current and long range strategies for Athletics annual giving.

Oversees and manages the Paladin Club budget.

Oversees the hiring and management of Paladin Club personnel, including the Athletics Development Coordinator and Athletics Development Fellow.

Plans and implements fundraising events for purposes of stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation.

Oversees the coordination of the annual Hall of Fame event and facilitates the selection process.

Coordinates the meetings and activities of the Paladin Club Board of Directors.

Consults/provides guidance to coaches regarding annual fundraising strategies for their programs.

Conducts industry research and maintains a professional network to keep pace with current trends, policies, and best practices for athletics development.

Performs all other duties as assigned.

Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information; including maintaining up to date information about the department and university.

Completes performance review process with supervisor/employees to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and university goals.

Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisor, and other departments to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information and make suggestions related to mutual goals.

Frequent contact with coaches and teams to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information and make suggestions related to mutual goals.

Frequent contact with the general public, alumni, Paladin Club members, parents, and corporations to influence, motivate or persuade parties to obtain desired results.

Responsibility for Final Decisions:

Direct supervision of 2 - 3 employees.

Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.

Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.

Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.

Reports To: Senior Associate AD - Executive Director of Athletics Development

Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of law, policy, rule, complex procedure or request for exception is required.

Education/Skill Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree with 5 - 7 years of experience in related field.

Experience fundraising in a higher education setting.

Excellent communication and organizational skills required.

Marketing and public relations experience preferred.

Fundraising experience required.

Must have ability to handle confidential data.

Work Conditions:

Work is performed under usual office or athletic facility conditions requiring basic safety precautions.

Education Requirements:
Bachelors (Required)

Certification Requirements:

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