Woodbury University invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Development & Alumni Affairs. Woodbury’s Senior Director of Development & Alumni Affairs serves as the chief development officer reporting to the President. Develops relationships with external and internal constituents through stewardship, communications, media relations, social media, alumni relations, special events and other programs to build an institutional culture of philanthropy. Plays a central role in enhancing the visibility of and fundraising capabilities of the university. In collaboration with the President and Deans, the Senior Director will build a development operation to advance Woodbury’s fundraising programs to ensure fundraising strategies support the growth and long-term financial sustainability of the university.
This position qualifies for university sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, annual vacation, sick, and paid holidays), subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program.
- Promote the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the University in concert with the Board of Trustees, university president, senior campus leadership, and community constituents.
- Develop the operations and strengthen productivity in the areas of development, annual fund, major gifts, scholarships, planned giving, and alumni relations.
- Collaborate with the president in all phases of development and major campaign leadership activities.
- Develop and maintain a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals and secure major, capital and planned gifts, as well as advance annual gifts and endowment support.
- Seek and cultivate partnerships to enhance the mission and services of the university.
- Develop relationships with potential and existing key donors and develop strategies that secure major gifts and donations in various forms for the university. Utilize effective engagement and solicitation strategies to move prospective donors through the traditional cultivation, solicitation and stewardship cycles.
- Be well aware of, develop and execute fundraising plans that utilize best practices.
- Maintain an active and engaging presence in the higher education philanthropic profession to leverage the visibility of the university.
- Develop and implement plans to advance the university financially through a comprehensive, coherent and consistent development program that includes annual funds, mini-campaigns, grants, major gifts and planned gifts.
- Participate in the activities of committees and organizations to ensure that appropriate development policies, procedures and safeguards exist and function in the best interest of the university.
- Foster a culture of personalized, quality service to internal and external customers and influencers.
- Work with academic deans and program directors on special fundraising initiatives and activities.
- Ensure effective processes in all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Develop annual plans and budgets for Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Gift Planning, Comprehensive Campaigns, Major Gifts, Grants Development, Stewardship and Development Services.
- Develop and implement short and long-term strategies aimed at increasing Alumni Engagement.
- Serve as the liaison for Development & Alumni Affairs to the Board of Trustees and the Board Committee on Development & Marketing.
- Plan, develop and implement effective internal and external messaging and methods of communication.
- Serve as an exemplary university advocate in the community.
- All other duties as assigned.
- A bachelor's degree is required, graduate degree is preferred.
- At least five years of progressively responsible and relevant fundraising experience at a university or comparable non-profit organization.
- Familiarity with and willingness to learn relevant development software.
- Ability to understand and match the needs and objectives of prospective donors with the fund-raising goals of the university.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies in a university environment.
- High level communication skills to express the university’s mission, fund raising and public affairs objectives verbally and in writing to varied audiences; including potential donors, legislators, community members and alumni.
- A track record of organizing successful fundraising programs and in soliciting and closing gifts.
- Possess the knowledge and experience in all areas of Development & Alumni Affairs that will be overseen, including annual giving, planned gifts, corporate and university relations, research and prospect management, stewardship, and alumni and parent relations.
- Inclusive, innovative and a collaborative leader who thinks strategically and is results oriented.
- Strong knowledge of the principles of fundraising and ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
- Problem-solving, research and analytical skills.
- Solid relationship-building skills and ability to interface effectively with internal and external constituents.
- Willingness and ability to travel and to work an extended and varied schedule that frequently includes evenings and weekends.
- Ability to work well as a part of a cooperative management team.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- Close vision, hearing/listening, and clear speech.
- Hand/fingers dexterity to work with computers.
- Walking, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds.
- Ability to utilize office equipment such as computers and copiers.
- Kneeling, stooping, bending, sitting, squatting, standing, etc.
- Works with/around and has verbal and face-to-face contact with others.
- Works indoors in an office environment most of the time.
- Complex reading and writing ability.
APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin Immediately and remain open until filled.
All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered. Submissions must include:
- Current resume/CV listing educational and employment history
- Cover Letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position
- Contact information for at least three professional references
About Woodbury University
Located in Southern California at the global epicenter of creativity and influence, Woodbury University earns its reputation as a leading creative university thanks to nationally ranked programs in its School of Architecture and School of Media, Culture & Design. What makes the university unique is the array of unparalleled academic offerings in its School of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university has been named a College of Distinction for 7 years running and has earned NASAD (MCD, architecture), AACSB (business), WSCUC, ACBSP (business), CIDA (architecture), and NAAB (architecture) accreditations. With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students learn from one of the most professionally accomplished faculties in the world, intern and work at the most innovative companies in the world, and go on to build careers that others only dream of. Please follow the link to learn more about Woodbury University: https://woodbury.edu/about/about-woodbury/facts-and-figures/
Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.
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