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Director of Major Gifts

Company: Avila University
Date Posted: June 8, 2017

Position: Director of Major Gifts

Department: University Advancement

Reports to: Senior Director of Development - Major Gifts

Full-time, Salaried position



Position Summary

The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing support from alumni and friends of the University in the form of cash, pledges, and estate/planned gifts. In order to accomplish Avila’s mission, strategic plan and campus master plan, this position will develop and grow a robust portfolio of prospects at the $10,000+ level. In addition, in coordination with leadership, the Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for growing a robust estate/planned giving program at Avila University. The ideal candidate will be comfortable raising $1 million+ per year.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:


Principal Responsibilities: 

  1. Grow and manage a portfolio of 200+ prospects and donors with the capacity and affinity to give $10,000+
  2. In coordination with department and institutional leadership, identify, develop, propose and implement strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  3. Meet benchmarks for number of solicitations, face-to-face visits and dollars raised; record all interactions with donors in Raiser’s Edge
  4. Build relationships and work collaboratively with Avila faculty, staff, and leadership, including the Board of Trustees, Board of Counselors and Alumni Board to accomplish the major and planned giving strategy
  5. Expand and execute, in partnership with the Advancement team, a comprehensive planned giving plan
  6. Contribute to team effort by accomplishing other assignments and special tasks as requested


Minimum Qualifications 

     Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and CFRE certification preferred.

      Experience: Minimum three to five years proven experience in securing major and planned gifts and meeting fundraising goals

      Skills:  Must have strong interpersonal skills; pay close attention to detail; manage complex tasks and meet deadlines; and have the ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team. Must be self-motivated and disciplined to achieve goals.

      Other: Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as needed; proficiency with Raiser’s Edge as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint a plus. Ability to complete your own administrative tasks. Some travel required.


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NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  The employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the department.