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Thursday October 02, 2014 | Senior Director of Development
Sierra Nevada College, located in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, is an innovative private four-year college founded in 1969. Its mission is to educate and graduate students to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world by combining the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.
The College is led by the President, senior leadership team, and dedicated Board of Trustees. Sierra Nevada College seeks to be an employer of choice for professionals who value building relationships, acting strategically, delivering results, and making an impact on the future.
Reporting to the President, the Senior Director of Development is responsible for planning and day-to-day implementation of alumni and parent relations programs; annual giving to the SNC Fund; all corporate, foundation, and agency fundraising; and individual major giving. S/he also oversees the following support functions: database management, gift processing and acknowledgement, prospect research, prospect tracking, and gift reporting. The College currently does not have a planned giving program.
The Senior Director of Development is personally responsible for managing a limited portfolio of major gift prospects and advising the President and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees on fundraising strategy and implementation.
- Supervises a team of five, including the director of annual giving, the director of grants and sponsored programs, the director of foundation and corporate relations, the director of advancement services, and the manager of alumni and parents relations.
- Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a personal portfolio of 50-60 major donors and prospects.
- Develops the annual departmental budget.
- Closely manages the work of the development staff team to ensure that annual development targets are met and ideally surpassed.
- Develops robust strategies for expanding the donor base among alumni, friends, parents and organizations.
- Sets the annual development calendar and oversees the creation and communication of operating plans to achieve fundraising goals.
- Establishes individual annual goals for staff team members and provides regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition as well as ongoing professional development opportunities.
- Develops and promotes a strong case for giving and works to increase understanding of the link between philanthropy and SNC’s strategic priorities among volunteers and donors.
- Provides for a prospect assignment and tracking structure and process for the president, key trustees, and development staff engaged in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-end annual and major gift prospects and donors.
- Develops strategies for existing donors to effectively move them through a meaningful cycle of giving.
- Meets regularly with the president regarding program goals and initiatives and routinely reports to the Board of Trustees Development Committee.
- With the director of annual giving, determines annual giving goals and builds strategic and tactical plans for achieving them.
- Benchmarks SNC among peer institutions and ensures that the College is a leader in dollar results, percentage participation, consistency of giving, and average gift size.
Required Personal Attributes and Abilities
- Intellectual toughness, confidence, integrity, polish, and adaptability
- Tact, inclusiveness, personal courage, a service ethic, and sense of humor
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Committed to higher education and the mission of Sierra Nevada College
- Action oriented with an ability to make decisions in a changing environment
- Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information
- Bachelors degree or equivalent (masters preferred)
- Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in annual and major gift fundraising from individuals and organizations
- Excellent managerial skills including at least 5 years of previous experience
- Proven fundraiser who is comfortable working with lead volunteers and high-end donor prospects in all phases of the gift cycle
- Goal-driven leader who maintains a productive work environment and confidently motivates, mobilizes and coaches team members to exceed goals and high standards
- Ability to perform under compressed time pressures
- Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment
Schedule: Full time salaried position
Other: Generous Health, Vision, Dental, Retirement, Vacation and Sick Benefits. Fingerprint check required as a condition of employment.
Sierra Nevada College is an Equal Opportunity Employer