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Senior Director of Development, Academic Enterprise

ASU Foundation
Job Location:
Tempe, Arizona
Development and Fundraising

Senior Director of Development Academic Enterprise 

The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking an Senior Director of Development Academic Enterprise.

The Sr. Director of Development for the Academic Enterprise is a proven and forward-looking fundraising professional who understands how to generate philanthropic support for ASU from multiple stakeholders - individuals and organizations. This leader will implement all philanthropic aspects of the exciting and innovative model for comprehensive university-wide programs and initiatives driven by the Academic Enterprise. The Office of the Provost leads the Academic Enterprise at ASU, encompassing all academic efforts that empower degree-seeking students and support faculty engaged in teaching and research at the university. The Sr. Director of Development will work collaboratively with the Executive Vice President and University Provost, as well as ASU Foundation colleagues, to create and implement fundraising strategy in a multitude of areas including ASU EdPlus, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Global Academic Initiatives, ASU's LIFT (Listen, Invest, Facilitate, Teach) Initiative, and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, among others.

The Sr. Director will work in a highly collaborative unit of ASU working directly with the Executive Vice President and University Provost of Academic Enterprise and the leadership team.

What you'll do:

  • Develop, coordinate, and execute a comprehensive fundraising program for the purpose of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting annual, major and planned gifts from individuals
  • Responsible for overall fundraising metrics related to AE initiatives, including overall donor count, identification of new prospects, growth in cumulative giving, donor retention, major gift proposals submitted, and new gifts and commitments
  • Collaborate with academic unit-based development officers to develop and implement sustaining and major gift fundraising strategies for AE prospects
  • Collaborate with Sun Devil Giving to develop and implement sustaining gift fundraising strategies and lead Sun Devil Giving Day strategy for AE giving
  • Coordinate with colleagues in the Knowledge Enterprise, Learning Enterprise, Educational Outreach and Student Affairs, and Cultural Affairs as a part of the broader Enterprise Development team
  • Coordinate with Presidential Advancement for prospecting and related fundraising strategies
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of major gift ($25,000+) prospects regionally and nationally, developing and executing strategies leading to solicitation and investment that leverage the donor's interests and connect them to ASU's opportunities
  • Responsible for core personal fundraising metrics, including high impact contacts, growth in cumulative giving from the prospect portfolio, donor retention, major gift proposals submitted, and new gifts and commitments
  • Travel when necessary to execute strategic development plans for regional and national major donor prospects
  • Develop and submit written proposals, budgets, and other collateral materials as needed for securing philanthropic investments
  • Ensure appropriate donor strategies and recognition of donors in portfolio and collaborate with donor relations on broader strategies for all parent and family donors
  • Work with university and foundation systems staff to maintain an expanding database of parent and family constituents
  • Work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities
  • Other duties as assigned

What you'll need:

  • Collaborative style combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Foundation and University business and confidential prospect information
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • An advocate's belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Self-starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Ability to travel nationally when necessary to engage and solicit major prospects
  • Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems such as Salesforce
  • Documented success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure
  • Demonstrable experience in donor relations plans leading to additional investments
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate meetings and events 
  • Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations

Relevant qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and seven to ten years successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education.

Mental demands:

Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects or deadlines.

Working conditions:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. This position may require some early mornings and evenings to accommodate meetings and events. This position currently requires you to work from the office.

Working equipment:

This position will require a Surface/laptop computer, a mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement), business cards, corporate credit card and University Club membership.

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