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Associate Director of Development, School of Business (Hybrid)

University of Connecticut Foundation
Job Location:
Storrs, Connecticut
Development and Fundraising
Job Tracking ID: 512948-803427

Salary: $0

Job Description

***This position can potential be a hybrid work position based out of the UConn Stamford Campus or UConn Storrs, Campus***

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Development will play a critical role on the School of Business development team as a frontline fundraising position primarily focused on securing and major ($50,000+) gifts. Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement, School of Business, the Associate Director supports a collaborative environment between the UConn Foundation and the School of Business. The person promotes a positive culture of philanthropy and contributes to annual and long-range fundraising goals.

The UConn School of Business is one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation, offering academic programs at the bachelors, masters, doctorate, and advanced certificate levels, in four Connecticut locations - Storrs, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury. The School of Business has established a strong reputation for high quality research, teaching, collaboration, and outreach, spanning a wide array of functional disciplines including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations and Information Management. The School has over 45,000 alumni worldwide and is one of the top four academic fundraising programs at the University historically raising $6-8M in philanthropic support annually.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Secure gift commitments in support of the University of Connecticut with special attention on the philanthropic priorities of the School of Business.
    • Identifying and manage a caseload of major gift donors and prospects through the donor continuum
    • Draft proposals, gift agreements and naming memorandums in collaboration with appropriate Foundation staff to ensure accurate documentation of gifts
    • Serve as lead on fundraising initiatives and assistant with board management
    • Work with Department heads to identify and advance their fundraising needs
    • Build a sustainable pipeline of $750k - $1M in annual activity
  • Participates with the Sr Director of Advancement, School of Business in planning and implementation of programs to achieve fundraising objectives for the school and with the Dean's priorities.
  • Ensure stewardship of donors to the School and their philanthropic funds at the Foundation.
    • Ensure all gifts from donors on assigned caseload are acknowledged and celebrated
    • Assist dean and department heads in messaging impact to donors of their existing Foundation funds
  • Actively build pipeline of major and principal gifts to the School that supports long-term fundraising growth.
  • Document activity, proposals and engagement plans in relationship management database to accurately reflect professional Development work.
  • Values the diversity of Foundation colleagues, UConn faculty and staff, alumni, and community members and how that positively impacts the work of philanthropy.
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Competencies

  • Demonstrate the ability to personally solicit gifts at $50,000.
  • Values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • High level of motivation and assertiveness, as well as an ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tack, and diplomacy. The ability to build productive, beneficial relationships with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including ability to effectively communicate University priorities to donors and prospects, and to positively represent the University and Foundation
  • Familiar with the use of computers and information management tools, such as CRMs (Blackbaud).
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to engender trust and confidence of donors and prospective donors and to maintain confidentiality of donor information; ability to represent the UConn Foundation to prospects, donors, faculty, administrators, and others.
  • Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40-hour work week
  • Must be willing to travel; reliable personal transportation is required for this position.
  • Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal transportation is required for this position.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.

Experience and Skills

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 3+ years of experience as a major gift fundraiser or relevant experience.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office suite and donor management systems.
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