The Development Director for the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions assists donors in accomplishing their philanthropic goals while simultaneously working to help South Dakota State University advance its mission. This individual will work closely with the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and college leadership team on engagement of donors and prospects with great potential to support the college’s priority funding objectives. This individual will work with the Dean to set the strategic direction for fundraising efforts and implement a comprehensive plan for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts to increase support and achieve goals that truly make a difference within the college.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Relationships and Fundraising
- Solicit donations to increase philanthropic support for the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and South Dakota State University, focusing on commitments or $50,000 of more.
- Establish and manage relationships in an evolving portfolio of approximately 75 to 125 prospects and donors, including individuals,corporations, and foundations.
- Build and nurture collaborative, donor-centric, long-term relationships with major gift donors.
- Ensure consistent, appropriate, and timely stewardship through personal recognition, ongoing communications, and invitations to key events.
- Effectively match the interests of prospects and donors to specific college and university needs.
- Draft and customize correspondence, proposals, and other written materials for identified prospects and donors.
Strategy and Prospect Management
- Gather data, assess prospects, and develop comprehensive long-range and short-term strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects.
- Design and execute appropriate and effective cultivation and solicitation strategies to move assigned prospects through the gift cycle.
- Develop a pipeline of future major donors capable of making significant gifts to the university by participating in the identification,qualification, and evaluation of major and planned gift prospects.
- Maintain accurate and detailed records of pertinent communications and contact reports following prospect and donor engagements within the database.
Engagement with University Partners
- Ensure that the Foundation is viewed as a transparent, collaborative, responsive partner to be able to professionally address both opportunities and concerns.
- Coordinate with the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions to create and implement a comprehensive major gift development plan.
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the priorities of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, as well as major priorities of the university.
- Collaborate with the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions leadership team to identify and prepare volunteers, including Faculty/Staff, Trustees, and Development Council members, to assist in the development process when applicable.
- Through collegial consultation and cooperation, model and encourage a donor-centered culture of collaboration that includes multidisciplinary priorities supporting the overall goals of the university.
- Actively collaborate across the holistic development programs for the College including Annual Programs, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, and the Alumni Association.
- Serve as an advocate for the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, SDSU, and the SDSU Foundation.
Travel and Event Attendance
- Travel regionally/nationally as well as attend evening and weekend activities as required.
- Annually attend/participate in a wide sampling of university and campus events related to your assigned college/unit and others that fall outside of your primary area or responsibility to gain a strong understanding of South Dakota State University.
Other duties may be assigned to meet the organization’s needs.
Bachelor's degree is required.
Minimum of three years of professional fundraising experience or appropriate related experience (such as public relations, sales, marketing, or alumni relations) required. Background within Higher Education fundraising is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to carry out effective prospect identification, assessment, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Experience in developing a strategic plan for soliciting and securing gifts from private sources or the equivalent in customer/client relationships.
- Work environment requires consistent attention to detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
- Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
- Proficient in using the most recent versions of computer software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (i.e. MSWord, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team environment with professional demeanor, self-reliance and resourcefulness.
- Must be dependable and punctual.
- Must have high level of interpersonal skills, both in person and by phone, to handle sensitive and confidential situations with varied internal and external constituencies.
- Must have high energy, a positive attitude, and a high degree of initiative.
- Must have customer service skills including the ability to communicate clearly in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to accomplish projects with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to navigate working with cross-functional teams for best outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise a high degree of sound judgment and diplomacy and a commitment to confidentiality.
Machines and Equipment to be Used
Computers, calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.
Typical Physical Demands
Requires sitting, standing, bending, reaching, and some lifting. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone, and other office and/or clerical equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Regular attendance is required in this job. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship. The SDSU Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.