Executive Director of Development
The Executive Director of Development (EDD) reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and provides development leadership to significantly increase gifts for annual operations, endowment, and capital projects in the context of a strategic comprehensive campaign. The EDD manages all aspects of the planned giving program and carries a portfolio of donors / prospects. S/he is an active member of the Institutional Advancement team who works collaboratively and strategically with the IA staff, faculty, and campus leaders to advance the goals of the College. The Executive Director of Development position is full-time equivalent with travel, evening / weekend requirements.
- Manages a portfolio of major/planned gift donors and prospects ($25K - $1M+) that includes alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
- Provides supervision, training, and guidance for development and implementation of work plans to direct reports, including major gift officer(s) and annual giving director.
- In concert with the VP and Associate VP for Development Operations / Research Coordinator, assist gift officers in building active portfolios of high-capacity, high-inclination prospects and donors.
- Serve as a member of the Vice President’s Leadership Team for developing strategic plans and oversight of Advancement goals.
- Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Planned Giving Program
- Develops and implements plans for enhancing a successful planned giving program including marketing and promotion to prospects through print and online materials.
- Provides stewardship of donors who have already a made a commitment to planned giving.
- Generates program reports and presents updates to organizational leaders.
- Serves as the hub through which all planned giving needs funnel.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Demonstrated success in fund raising including personal solicitation and closing major gifts.
- Must be a highly motivated, goal-oriented strategic thinker with the ability to work independently, determine and set priorities, manage multiple and interdisciplinary projects, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Work collaboratively with Institutional Advancement and College staff and faculty as part of a team.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills required and the ability to learn new software
- Ability to travel extensively
- Understanding of church related, residential liberal arts colleges or ability to learn quickly
- Knowledge of planned giving essentials and experience a plus.
Applicants should submit a current resume, a letter of interest and three references who may be contacted about the candidate’s experience and past performance. Application materials should be submitted via email to Sloan McKellar, at email@example.com.
Millsaps College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Millsaps College to offer equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.