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Job ID: 900336
Job Family: Unclassified
Department: Development and Alumni Affairs
Pay Range: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
The Assistant Director of Development as part of the national fundraising campaign, SMU Unbridled, The Second Century Campaign, is a fundraising, portfolio-driven position with prospect management responsibilities. The position has responsibility for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current donors to the Lyle School of Engineering in Dallas and other areas in Texas and major U.S. markets where there is a concentration of Lyle School alumni.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work with the Lyle School Director of Development, Dean, faculty and senior staff, as well as with SMU Development and External Affairs (DEA) leadership and staff, to develop cultivation and proposal strategies for major gift prospects (capacity of $25k - $100k+) as well as prospective donors to the annual giving priorities for the school;
- Responsible for management of a major gift prospect portfolio for the Lyle school that will include cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities including donor research, personal visits, correspondence, proposal preparation, grant writing, volunteer management, strategy and next steps, oversight and tracking special event involvements and regular reporting on activity;
- Participate in overall central development related activities for the Lyle School including working with the Director of Development to determine establishing fundraising priorities, for the Lyle School and integrating them into the DEA priorities and working with staff of the Lyle school and DEA teams to reach objectives set for major and annual giving, planned giving and corporate and foundation relations programs;
- Work with Integrated Marketing, Alumni Giving and Relations, National Major Giving and other DEA and Lyle School teams to incorporate school programming with SMU alumni programs and activities;
- Coordinate marketing and solicitations materials that highlight the priorities of the Lyle School;
- Incorporate school related functions for donor stewardship and cultivation.
A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years professional experience is required, preferably in a fundraising/development, nonprofit or academic environment. Some travel is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to be an insightful, articulate, accomplished and persuasive communicator who is committed to the support of the Lyle School. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
Candidate must possess strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize duties. A strong focus on attention to detail is essential. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability think collaboratively, strategically and creatively.
Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel) is required. MS Outlook and experience with relational database software, such as Blackbaud or Raisers’s Edge is strongly preferred. The ability to learn new applications is desired.
Familiarity with Dallas community is a plus.
For full consideration candidates must provide cover letter, and if available, details of fundraising successes in previous positions.
Priority consideration will given to submissions received by March 5, 2013. Deadline to apply: March 12, 2013; Please visit our website to apply, or submit resume and cover letter to: Search Committee, Job ID 900336, P.O. Box 750232, Dallas, TX 75275-0232.