Job Description Summary:The Director of Campaign Strategy
and Initiatives (DCSI) works in close coordination with the Vice
President of Advancement and Communications, the senior management
team, academic leaders, and campus partners to plan and execute
high-level fundraising and operational goals. The DCSI reports
directly to the Vice President of Advancement and Communications,
serving as a key partner in helping achieve the strategic goals and
vision for philanthropy at Samuel Merritt University.
The DCSI will also manage a portfolio of major and leadership gift
prospects and will actively solicit gifts for fundraising
priorities. In addition, the DCSI is responsible for providing
leadership to the following areas: Campaign Strategy,
Interdisciplinary Fundraising, Strategic Initiatives, Major Gifts
and Planned Giving. The DCSI is a key member of the Samuel Merritt
University community and will work with the SVP, institutional
leaders, and faculty to ensure a coordinated, consistent
development effort, while developing and maintaining a high profile
for Samuel Merritt within its various constituencies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Campaign Planning and Strategy:
Develops and implements fundraising strategies in support of
priorities established by the President, Provost, and University
leadership working closely with the VP of Advancement, Advancement
team colleagues, and all campus development partners. Serves as the
lead and central point of contact for fundraising priorities
associated with student support. Manages an overall campaign
operations plan and timeline and develops tools to monitor overall
campaign progress. Manages and coordinate campaign volunteer
structure and engagement efforts and oversees efforts to maximize
the impact of campaign volunteers. Provides support for campaign
leadership as appropriate. Ensures the coordination of all
university-wide campaign initiatives.
Team Leadership: Provides leadership to develop case for
support and specific initiatives that will inspire major and
principal gifts for the fundraising campaign. Collaborates with the
Planned Giving program and works closely with the Director of
Planned Giving to grow planned giving fundraising for the campaign
and beyond. Serves as a liaison from the Advancement/Communications
division for campus units and other campus programs as assigned by
the Vice President. Ensures administrative tasks related to
campaign functions are handled efficiently and effectively.
Major and Leadership Gift Fundraising:
Manages an active portfolio of up to 25 major and leadership giving
prospects and develop/execute long-range and short-range strategies
and plans to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects capable of
making gifts of $1M to $5M.
Baccalaureate degree required; Advance degree preferred.
A minimum of 5 years progressive development experience including
extensive involvement in campaign leadership, planning and
execution for academic institutions.
Proven experience and success in closing six-and seven-figure
Experience in setting and achieving individual goals, developing
and sustaining appropriate training, mentoring, and assigning and
monitoring coverage of primary areas of focus.
Strong organizational and analytical skills with ability to
initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic plans
and programs that support Samuel Merritt University's mission and
contribute to the goals and objectives of the fundraising
Ability to develop good working relationships with internal and
external constituency groups and to work collaboratively with
colleagues in a team environment.
Significant knowledge and experience building and communicating
campaign strategies. Discretion and an ability to interact with
Excellent communication skills, coupled with strong writing and
presentation skills, as well as the ability to present before a
Sound organizational ability, a high degree of energy, creativity
and initiative; the ability to project the unique aims and values
of Samuel Merritt University and its donors and alumni.
Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet
challenging and changing deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans, implement
programs, manage and implement change.
Ability to maintain highly confidential information on a variety of
Must be able to work varied hours, including nights and weekends;
occasional overnight and/or out of state travel for events and
Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:Full time
Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for
all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on
local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be
determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not
limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant