Title: Senior Executive Director of Donor Development
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
- Senior Executive Director of Scholarship Development
- Director of Annual Giving
- Director of Donor Relations
- Director of Special Events
The Senior Executive Director of Donor Development (SEDDD) oversees central donor development services and coordinates sound and effective central fundraising and donor engagement activities for the University of Hawai‘i Foundation (UHF). The SEDDD will establish principles, adhere to effective tactics and apply progressive solutions to maximize philanthropic investment and donor engagement. He/she will build a culture of collaboration and enhance relationships with friends and donors in coordination with University of Hawai‘i offices and campuses. The position manages several functional areas within the central donor development services including scholarship development, annual giving, donor relations, and special events. He/she will provide leadership through strategic guidance.
Specific responsibilities and performance expectations include:
- Works collaboratively and in constant partnership with UHF and UH leadership to assess needs and effectiveness of outreach and engagement efforts.
- Set clear goals, guidelines and outcomes.
- Use progressive, cost effective methods and segmented channels to maximize likelihood of success.
- Create a team structure that enhances and maximizes individual talents and strengths.
- Oversee scholarship development and ensure that donor prospect management is effective and aligned with the overall scholarship development strategy. In addition, develop and implement strategies with UHF development leadership and the University of Hawai‘i programs to maximize student aid impact.
- Develop strategic plans with the director of annual giving with an emphasis on major gift prospect identification. Formulate annual giving vision to address the national trend in declining direct mail and telephone solicitation campaigns.
- Provide leadership and guidance to the donor relations team to increase meaningful donor engagement.
- Implement stewardship strategies in coordination with development staff that may ultimately result in upgraded and leadership level gifts through quality events, communication and targeted engagement tools.
- Oversee special events team to provide guidance on the design and implementation of events to ensure they are aligned with UHF’s development and engagement goals.
- Other duties as assigned, including support of unit based major gift fundraising.
The SEDDD will meet annually with his/her supervisor to develop a strategic plan for the year. At the end of each year, the SEDDD and his/her supervisor will review progress toward the annual goals.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Minimum of a BA or BS
- More than 10 years of experience in higher education advancement with emphasis in major gift fundraising
- Knowledge of current trends in development, annual giving, effective donor engagement, stewardship, marketing and donor stewardship
- Skills should include organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning; demonstrated success developing and monitoring systems to manage both operational and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration
- Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team
- Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems
The Senior Executive Director of Donor Development will work primarily in an office environment and will need to sit or stand for extended periods while either working at a computer, attending a meeting, or performing deskwork. Based at 1314 South King Street, Suite B, Honolulu, HI 96814, this position will involve travel, mostly by auto, but occasionally by other modes of transportation. The Senior Executive Director of Donor Development must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. The employee may need to work some evenings and weekends and must be able to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40-hour workweek. Must be able and willing to travel interisland and nationally upon request.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that provides evidence of the qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: email@example.com
University of Hawai‘i Foundation, Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270
f: (808) 748-0727
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The University of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
The primary purpose of the University of Hawaiʻi's ten-campus system is to provide an environment in which faculty and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of the present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life.
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations.
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.