The primary objective of the Director of Major Gifts and Foundation
Relations is to develop long-term relationships built on a firm
understanding of donor’s interests, passions and values matching to
the strategic goals of the university. Assists in the attainment of
Philanthropy and Alumni Relations fundraising and participation
goals; manages and stewards a portfolio of major gift prospects
within their assigned territory; writes proposals in collaboration
with advancement colleagues, faculty and program leaders for
presentation to alumnae, foundations and corporations; assists in
execution of events for alumnae and other donor prospects; records
donor activity into Raiser’s Edge.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage a portfolio of primary prospects in the assigned primary
territory, with a primary focus on private foundations and grants
- Manage prospect activity in the primary territory.
- The Director provides stewardship and solicitation of existing
donors, while engaging new individual and foundation
- Regular travel within the primary territory to meet with donors
- Attend national osteopathic meetings to meet with alumnae and
represent the university.
- Ensure that moves management for donors and prospects is
recorded properly into Raiser’s Edge to ensure accurate reporting
of their activities.
- Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
- Secure support for a set of campus-wide priorities that include
academic programs such as the medical research, endowed chairs,
scholarships, facility renovations, new facilities, campus
improvements, community outreach and unrestricted support.
- Write succinct and engaging proposals centered around the
university’s campus-wide priorities that are matched and tailored
to the interests of the donor prospect.
- Work collaboratively with university advancement officers.
Offer prospect strategy counsel to Philanthropy and Alumni
Relations peers and University leadership who are managing other
- Represent the University favorably and in accordance with
established Core Values and expectations.
- Perform other duties as assigned or directed to meet the goals
and objectives of the organization.
- Bachelors Degree required. CFRE accreditation recommended.
- Five+ years’ experience in philanthropic development required.
Higher Education experience recommended.
- Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and
major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them
and the University
- Successful experience in making cold calls as well as
developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated
record of completing assignments.
- Must be willing to travel.
Demonstrating respect, honesty and
Caring for students, patients, and
colleagues and all humanity
Achieving quality in all that we do
Working with others to recognize
diverse perspectives and achieve mutual goals
Intellectual Curiosity -
Pursuing personal and
Embracing new practices to improve
Remain true to our Midwestern values and
the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine
- Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders
repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use
a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various
levels, including overhead
- Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly
and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate
exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the
telephone, and in a group setting
- Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for
extended periods of time (4 or more hours)
- Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data,
evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid
conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions
The essential physical and mental requirements described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Equal Opportunity Employer
KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity
workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all
employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their
demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic
information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy,
sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial
status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other
status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.
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for the last three years, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics
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