Purpose: The Director of Development for the UMKC School of Science
and Engineering (full-time) leads the school's fundraising
activities in concert with the Dean and the UMKC Foundation’s
Assistant Vice President of Development. Responsibilities include
donor visits, proposal development, and soliciting leadership,
major, and corporate gifts. In addition, the Director develops
annual fundraising plans based on the school's priorities as
identified by the Dean. Serving as the liaison between the School
of Science and Engineering and the UMKC Foundation, the Director of
Development is an integral member of the UMKC Foundation
The position must sustain positive and mutually rewarding
relationships between the School of Science and Engineering and its
donors, partner with other Development and Advancement Directors to
determine the best strategies for effective engagement and
stewardship of donors and maintain ongoing and active networking
with internal and external constituencies.
Organizational Relationships: The Director of Development has a
dual reporting relationship with the Foundation's Assistant Vice
President of Development and the Dean of the School of Science and
1. Prepare and implement strategies to attain fundraising goals and
2. Manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors with the
capacity to give
$10,000 or more.
3. Cultivate and secure corporate sponsorships to support school
and student initiatives; activities may include hosting cultivation
events for corporate partnerships on campus, visiting potential
corporate sponsors at their workplace, and attending corporate
events where there may be opportunities for cultivation
4. Achieve key performance indicators, including substantive
visits, proposals, and net production.
5. Effectively employ the Dean as a partner in strategy
development, donor cultivation, and solicitation.
6. Serve on the Dean's leadership team and work effectively with
unit staff and faculty to stay informed about student, program, and
7. Work with advisory boards as they relate to fundraising and
8. Ensure the communications and marketing efforts of the unit are
coordinated with development and alumni efforts.
9. Work as part of a supportive team of advancement
10. Collaborate with university leadership, faculty, and
Knowledge Required: The incumbent will be skilled at managing
prospects from identification through stewardship. They will
communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Other
essential skills include:
• Creative thinking,
• Interpersonal relationship savvy,
• Data analysis,
• Public speaking,
• Organization and ability to prioritize work tasks,
• Ability to routinely meet goals and objectives,
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team,
• Familiarity with database computer systems and
Education and Experience: A bachelor's degree and a minimum of five
years of experience in fundraising or related field are required.
Experience in higher education or a comparably complex organization
is preferred, as is experience working with major gift
solicitation, corporate sponsorship, and volunteer boards and
committees. CFRE is preferred but not required.
Supervisory Controls: The incumbent must have high independence in
accomplishing the position's responsibilities. Goals, priorities,
and major and corporate giving projects are reviewed and discussed
on an ongoing basis with the Assistant Vice President.
Guidelines: Guidelines are provided by the goals and objectives of
the position, by fundraising strategies and techniques, by key
performance indicators and stewardship guidelines, and by the goals
of the UMKC Foundation and the mission of the University.
Confidentiality and discretion are mandatory.
Complexity: The ability to interact comfortably, tactfully, and
effectively with varied internal and external constituencies is
essential. Must display a high level of maturity, personal
integrity, and ability to understand, develop, and sustain
resilient and dynamic relationships with donors, colleagues, and
Scope and Effect: Responsible for building and maintaining
relationships with donors, this position significantly affects
private giving. Success in this role affects the School of Science
and Engineering's ability to meet its goals, provide the best
possible education, and conduct life-changing research.
Environmental Demands: This position does not require unusual
physical ability. Although considerable pressures exist, little
physical exertion is involved; the ability to handle tension and
stress positively is required. The physical surroundings or job
situation impose no risks or discomforts upon this position.
Frequent travel, as well as evening/weekend work, are
Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000, commensurate with
To be considered for the position, you must apply directly with
the appropriate attachments to UMKC Foundation at https://umkcfoundation.org/about/careers/
The Foundation is a separate organization outside of the
university. Do not apply to the posting available on the
university careers page. All application materials must be
submitted directly to the Foundation
to be fully considered. Click
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The UMKC Foundation is a separate but affiliated enterprise devoted
to raising funds for the university and for exercising fiduciary
responsibility over endowments and other philanthropic investments
made to UMKC. To learn more about UMKC Foundation, visit umkcfoundation.org
About the School of Science and Engineering: The largest academic
unit at UMKC, the School of Science and Engineering provides
undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
computing, analytics, and math; energy, matter, and systems;
biological and biomedical systems; and natural and built
environment. The newly constructed Plaster Free Enterprise building
hosts cutting-edge learning opportunities in its 58,000 square
feet, including a high-bay structural lab, virtual and augmented
reality equipment, "big data" analytics labs, an energy learning
and research facility, a clean-room and scanning electron
microscope, and research-grade 3-D printing equipment.
The UMKC Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that values
diverse perspectives and backgrounds.