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Director of Development - School of Education, Social Work & Psychological Sciences, UMKC

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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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Purpose: The Director of Development for the UMKC School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences (SESWPS) leads the fundraising activities of the school in collaboration with the Dean. Responsibilities include donor visits, proposal development, collaborative grant writing, and identification and solicitation of major gifts (more than $25,000) from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Director develops annual fundraising plans based on the school’s priorities as identified by the Dean. Serving as the liaison between SESWPS and the UMKC Foundation, the Director of Development is an integral member of the UMKC Foundation team.

The position must sustain positive and mutually rewarding relationships between SESWPS and its donors; partner with other Directors of Development, and Alumni Relations Directors to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; and oversee recognition events, marketing and communications for the school’s donor society.

Organizational Relationships: The Director of Development reports to the Assistant Vice President of the UMKC Foundation and has a dotted line to the Dean of SESWPS.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director leads and participates in a comprehensive major and planned gifts program for the UMKC School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences.
  • Identify and take the lead on existing and new funding opportunities to support all areas of SESWPS, including academic departments, Community Counseling Assessment Services, Urban Education Research Center, and the Edgar L. & Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of the Institute for Urban Education to secure annually multiple multiyear, six-figure gifts in support of student scholarships required to sustain the program’s work.
  • Facilitate active relationships with assigned prospects while endeavoring to match UMKC’s funding needs with prospects’ interests.
  • Work with prospect research staff to evaluate and prioritize donor prospects and maintain a balanced portfolio, develop written strategies, including target amounts and target dates on all actively managed prospects.
  • Collaborate with the UMKC Foundation Leadership Team to develop and implement an overall strategic plan for the solicitation of major gifts to meet the Foundation’s goals.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with UMKC Foundation, Alumni Relations and External Relations colleagues to ensure operational needs are met.
  • Meet with Dean, Department Chairs, and Center Directors to further unit fundraising performance and make suggestions and encourage partnership in meeting objectives and goals.
  • In addition to these general skills, the position requires the ability to effectively participate in all aspects of the gift cycle so that annual goals and performance metrics are met, including: (1) to initiate contacts with potential major donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations when appropriate; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Shift

Full-time, benefit eligible staff position. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Flexible arrangements are available (two days per week) after 90 days of employment.

Occasional travel and sporadic evening/weekend work are required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A minimum of four years of experience in fundraising or related field.
  • CFRE, experience in higher education or a comparably complex organization, and experience working with volunteer boards and committees.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple tasks at a time.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, time management, and organization skills.
  • Skilled at managing prospects from identification through stewardship.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Major gifts moves management, planned giving, annual giving, and corporate and foundation grant development.
  • Techniques for managing and motivating a variety of individuals, in person, via Zoom, and over the telephone.
  • Knowledge of and experience with major gift fundraising campaigns.
  • Principles and techniques of preparing effective written materials.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship savvy.
  • Articulate and persuasive speaker.
  • Ability to meet goals and objectives.
  • Effective organizational and marketing skills.
  • Works independently as well as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with database computer systems and Microsoft suite of products.
Anticipated Hiring Range

$58,573 - $90,000 per year commensurate on education, experience, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, for best consideration apply by June 16, 2024.

Other Information

About the UMKC Foundation: The UMKC Foundation is a separate but affiliated 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to raising funds for the university and for exercising fiduciary responsibility over endowments and other philanthropic investments made to UMKC.

About the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences: The UMKC SESWPS prepares educators and educational leaders, researchers, mental health practitioners, and social workers to meet the needs of those they serve through an equity-minded, social justice lens. Our nationally recognized faculty engage in rigorous research that meaningfully and positively impacts members of the Kansas City community, Missouri, and beyond. Working with and for our community is at the heart of everything we do.

Community Information

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

UMKC’s campuses are conveniently nestled in the middle of all the action. Volker Campus is just minutes from the legendary Country Club Plaza, perfect for shopping or restaurants for lunch or after-work happy hours. Surrounded by hip neighborhoods and eateries, the Health Sciences Campus is located downtown near University Health Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

UMKC is proud to be “Kansas City’s university,” and the campus and its people celebrate all the characteristics of the surrounding community. To learn more about life in Kansas City and find more resources, visit VisitKC.com.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/eeo or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

Company

UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC VISION
UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

MISSION STATEMENT
As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

KANSAS CITY INFORMATION
The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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