Job Summary

The Senior Director of Development and Major Gift Officer at Daemen College is a key member of the Institutional Advancement team and will develop and maintain a robust development program. This position will work with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Advancement Services to create a strategic plan of action and evaluation for maintaining a donor pipeline. This position will also work closely with other members of the Institutional Advancement team to execute a comprehensive fundraising and stewardship strategy. In the absence of the Vice President, the Senior Director of Development and Major Gift Officer will oversee the day-today operations of the division.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts of $25,000+ from an evolving portfolio of 150 constituents.
  • Meet or exceed goals and expectations as laid out in the moves management portfolio metrics.
  • Determine the capacity and inclination for leadership gift giving.
  • Prepare gift proposals for solicitation of donations ensuring that they meet with Daemen’s priorities as well as donor desires/intent.
  • Continually research and explore new ideas to improve current fundraising programs and procedures.
  • Serve as a senior member of the Division of Institutional Advancement and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Division of Institutional Advancement in the absence of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • Serve as campaign manager of the “Drive to 75” comprehensive campaign, including execution of all correspondence and marketing initiatives in conjunction with marketing and communications.
  • Participate in alumni events, donor events, and other advancement events and programs as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Job Requirements

  • Proven record of closing major and planned gifts of $25,000+.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising, including annual, major, and planned gifts.
  • Strong background in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships both within and outside the office.
  • Ability to work independently and successfully manage multi-functional and diverse activities at once.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, public speaking, and writing skills.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Capability of working a range of activities regardless of day of the week or time of day/night; flexibility in schedule and ability to travel.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge software strongly preferred.

Minimal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of institutional advancement experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs including Word and Excel.