Senior Director of Major Gifts

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Saint Joseph's University
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Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.

Under Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., one of the emerging leaders in Catholic higher education, Saint Joseph’s is experiencing increased student demand, improved admissions selectivity, and an enhanced profile of scholarship and service. Its academic and financial ratings are both on the rise, and a strategic planning process will soon conclude with the University’s strategic and campaign priorities for continued growth.

Accordingly, Saint Joseph’s University is about to embark on a journey to even greater academic and institutional achievement nationally and around the world and will soon launch a new comprehensive campaign to drive these initiatives. The success of our major gifts efforts will in large part determine the success of our campaign and we are seeking talented major gift officers who in tandem with our existing staff will form a high-performing team.

The Senior Director of Major Gifts is responsible to cultivate, solicit and steward prospects in their portfolio that are capable of making gifts of $50,000 – $1 million and ensuring all donors, specifically the graduates/friends of the College of Arts & Sciences, receive a positive and satisfying donor experience.

This position serves as the liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and works closely with the Dean to advance strategic fundraising priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Duties):
• Manage a portfolio of 130 – 150 major gift prospects.
• Secure 150 quality visits per year, 12-15 per month.
• Secure $1.5M-$2M annually in outright gifts and/or new commitments.
• Serve as liaison with the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), including but limited to working with the Dean on the identification of fundraising priorities, education of key faculty and academic leaders on fundraising potential, development of fundraising strategies for all advisory board members within CAS and future recruitment of a fundraising team dedicated to fulfilling the fundraising priorities of CAS.
• Develop strategies for each prospect in their portfolio based on the gift cycle; Manage and update strategies and key next steps as necessary, utilizing the Donor Engagement Process (DEP) prospect management system.
• Supervise, support and evaluate a Director of Major Gifts including serving as a resource to ensure that s/he is moving strategies forward and securing gifts according to goals/metrics.
• Prepare briefing memos for senior leadership (e.g. President, Deans, Vice Presidents) and work to effectively utilize their talents as part of the University’s fundraising initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications (Education/Training and Experience Required):
· Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising
· Previous experience in Major Gift fundraising
· Previous experience fundraising for a college or university
· Minimum of 2 years previous supervisory experience
· Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills
· Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills
· Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Saint Joseph's University
written communication skills
· Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Saint Joseph's University

Physical Requirements or Unusual Work Hours:
· Standing for long periods of time at events
· Some travel required including the ability to travel outside Philadelphia region
· Evening/weekend hours required, especially during academic year

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