University of St. Thomas

Director of Development, Dougherty Family College and School of Education

Minneapolis, MN
May 09, 2018
Jun 08, 2018
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Director of Development, Dougherty Family College and School of Education
Posted Date 6 months ago(12/8/2017 2:55 PM)
Number of Openings 1
Closing Date Open Until Filled
Type of Search Staff
Who May Apply This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number 100085
Minneapolis & St. Paul
Department/Unit University Development and Alumni Relations
FLSA Status Exempt/Salaried
Employment Type Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year 12
Benefits Eligible Yes


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director of Development position within the Dougherty Family College and School of Education.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The Director of Development, Dougherty Family College and School of Education, reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Deans of the College and School, and is a member of the University Development and Alumni Relations team. The Director of Development advances relationships between prospective donors and the Dougherty Family College and School of Education for the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more). The Director of Development directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for the College and School and manages institution-wide fundraising activities within these units. S/he works to identify and cultivate sources of funding by planning and implementing short, medium and long-term fundraising strategies and programs to meet the current and future needs of the Dougherty Family College and the School of Education. This position is physically located within one of the two units at the Minneapolis campus.

1. Portfolio Management

  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive major gifts program for the Dougherty Family College and the School of Education by managing a portfolio of qualified, major gift level prospects associated with these units; facilitate active relationships for assigned prospects with DFC and Education partners while endeavoring to match overall University funding needs with prospects' interests
  • Identify, cultivate and qualify prospects; solicit and close major gifts ($50,000+) sufficient to meet or exceed individual, college/school, and team gift goals set annually; demonstrate ability to advance prospect relationships; work closely with research analyst to evaluate and prioritize donor prospects; develop strategies to generate increased levels of giving for Dougherty Family College and the School of Education.
  • Work closely with the Deans to involve and engage in relationship management and cultivation and solicitation of prospects. Coordinate and facilitate the Deans' fundraising efforts to ensure good communication, partnership and follow-through with the prospective donor.
  • Develop a deep working knowledge of the Dougherty Family College and the School of Education, including their teaching, research and community engagement efforts. Understand and support their vision and aspirations; define and articulate a compelling and unique case for support of the College and School that positions them for fundraising success
  • In consultation with the Deans and Associate Vice President for Development, develop a multi-year strategic fundraising plan including specific fundraising, prospect development and programmatic goals with an emphasis on achieving established standards and metrics for the position.

2. Development Partnerships

  • Work closely with the Deans, University leadership and other development staff to identify priorities and opportunities for new major gifts within Dougherty Family College and the School of Education. Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of philanthropic priorities to effectively and convincingly present the schools' case to prospects and donors. Develop a solicitation plan that fosters multiple points of coordinated, strategic contact for each prospect based on research data and information gathered through qualification visits; serve as a resource and partner to the College and School advisory boards.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Vice President of Development, Senior Director of Development, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Senior Director of Planned Giving to develop and implement an overall strategic plan for the solicitation of major gifts to achieve University and College/School goals.
  • Collaborate with gift officers and other institutional advancement leaders who have prospects with interest in DFC and Education. Where appropriate, engage faculty, senior administration and other members of St. Thomas as partners in deepening and advancing the relationship with the University and the College and School.
  • Work with development research to identify new major prospects for future gift opportunities within DFC and Education.
  • Collaborate with donor relations to develop stewardship programs for DFC and Education donors
  • Work collaboratively with key UDAR partners including Donor Relations in setting strategic development activities and donor programs/events for DFC and Education.

3. Reporting and Data Management

  • Complete and file timely reports of donor/prospect contacts by utilizing our donor database; maintain accurate and relevant records within the database.
  • Partner with the Dean of CAS and other University leaders to ensure proper documentation of all prospect visits and/or meaningful interactions with donors in an effort to achieve coordinated communication with all stakeholders in the relationship-building process.
  • When partnering on cultivation or solicitation, prepare strategy documents that articulate the engagement plan and purpose of interaction.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five years of development experience, including major gift solicitation experience

Any equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of higher education and the liberal arts
  • Familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university is a plus
  • A demonstrated ability to solicit and close major ($50,000+) gifts

Knowledge of: Education, issues facing underrepresented students, administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, prospect management , strategic engagement, implementation and evaluation; ethics related to philanthropy, appropriate relationships with donors and the donor bill of rights; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; techniques for working with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone; principles and techniques of preparing effective written materials


On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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