Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Health and Human Services

Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Working Title Assistant/Associate Director of Development, College of Health and Human Services Department University Development Compensation Title Position Number 30000499 Position Status Regular Work Schedule

8:15 am to 4:30 pm; Varies depending on need; Some travel nights and weekends is required.

Hours per Week 37.5 Months per Year 12 Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of Position

The Associate Director of Development is responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for donors to the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University. This position will have primary responsibilities for building, managing and providing strategic direction for a development program to fulfill the priorities of the college.

Primary Responsibilities

• Responsible for identifying, executing and providing strategic direction to fulfill the priorities of the College of Health and Human Services. Activities will include conducting high-level cultivation events, strategic and operational planning for the fundraising program, stewardship, volunteer engagement, and corresponding meetings and communications.
• Work closely with the Dean, faculty, volunteers and other staff to prioritize needs, define ‘case for support,’ and present fundraising priorities.
• Prospect solicitation: Drives the strategic planning for prospect solicitations including acquisitions, renewals and upgrades. Serves as an active participant in a minimum of 42 planned solicitations annually at a leadership annual giving level of $1,000 and above or a major gift level of $25,000 and above. Raises a minimum of $500,000 annually.
• Identify, manage and personally solicit a portfolio of 75-100 donor prospects for gifts of $25k and above; conduct 15 personal visits with current donors and prospects monthly; collaborate with prospect researchers and appropriate faculty/staff to identify prospects.
• Write and deliver compelling proposals and local/private foundation grants demonstrating a case for support to inspire giving.
• Advise the Dean on development activities, important events and programs to attend; be a highly informed advocate for the college inside and outside of campus. Assist and advise the Dean on cultivation and solicitation of donors.
• Document and maintain quality records in the donor database (Raiser’s Edge NXT ). This portfolio of managed prospects will be created through engagement with alumni, community supporters, and companies.
• Develop an ongoing comprehensive strategy to raise a minimum of $500,000 for assigned unit annually while adhering to agreed performance metrics.
• Coordinate appointments and materials used by senior staff, faculty, board members, and volunteers for meetings, visits, events, or phone calls. Work with shared administrative staff to ensure effective daily operations.
• As needed, provides training to staff within or outside of immediate department or division in regard to function.
•Some travel and weekend/evening work required. Other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s Degree with two years minimum experience;
• Strong written communication skills to prepare and edit effective correspondence, proposals, and persuasive solicitation materials for individuals and groups;
• Organizational perspective, ability to work in a fast paced environment, comfortable with change and associated ambiguity are valued competencies;
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships to deliver measurable results;
• High attention to detail, experience managing multi-phase projects from inception to completion while building consensus;
• A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows application is required and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus;
• Ability to problem solve and generate creative solutions in order to maintain and strengthen high quality relationships with donors;
• Exceptional ethics and integrity, ability to be discrete and maintain confidentiality;
• Must have passion for philanthropy, higher education, NKU, and the community that it serves.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Resume review will begin March 1st.

Minimum Education Bachelor's Degree Preferred Education Master's Degree Minimum Experience 2 years Salary tbd Pay Grade S73
Requisition Number 2021S1314 Job Open Date 02/17/2021 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Quick Link Is this an internal only posting? Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • NKU Jobs Site
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Employee Referral
    • Other
  2. What is your highest level of education?
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree or higher
Documents Needed to Apply
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. References
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