University System of New Hampshire

Concord, NH

Job posting number: #7062368

Posted: November 15, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary of Position
The Director of Development (DOD) for the College of Life Science and Agriculture will join UNH at an inflection point in the University’s 150+ year history as it kicks off the planning phase of its next ambitious campaign. The DOD will partner with the Managing Director of Development and the Dean of COLSA in strengthening a high caliber fundraising program that reflects the University’s culture, mission, goals, and evolving strategic plans. In these efforts, the DOD will work collaboratively and transparently with academic leadership, advancement colleagues, board members, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni. They will strengthen COLSA’s systems and structures for planning and decision making around development and participate in an ongoing institution-wide conversation about fundraising vision, strategy, and goals.

Leadership and Vision:
The Director serves in a highly visible leadership role with direct management of fundraising activities for the college. The DOD will be a member of the Development senior management team and will partner closely with dynamic academic leadership. They will set the tone for high achievement of audacious goals that align with the UNH ethos of innovation and renewal.
With deep knowledge of effective advancement strategies, including significant personal experience raising major gifts and a track record of development program building, the DOD will be a creative, ambitious, and dynamic team player. They will embrace technological and analytical solutions with a keen sense of what is possible and an uncommon level of excellence in communication and collaboration skills, together with a demonstrated propensity for weaving fundraising into institutional values and aspirations.

Strategy and Planning:
The Director will inspire COLSA’s donor base and instill a heightened level of engagement for alumni, parents, students, friends, and other stakeholders within the COLSA community, preparing for the next phase of the University’s fundraising and alumni engagement expansion.

Donor and Alumni Engagement:
Managing a robust major gift portfolio, the Director of Development will continually strive to improve and extend relationships with all constituencies in ways that have a quantifiable impact on philanthropic revenue. In addition, the DOD will participate in leading an expansion of the existing vehicles and practices through which UNH can capitalize on the energy of a passionate and spirited alumni body. The Director of Development will embrace goal-oriented outcomes and metrics-driven engagement activities.

Key Qualifications Summary:
The successful candidate will be a strategic, creative thinker who is passionate about fundraising potential for COLSA and who can support entrepreneurial initiatives to maximize results. The Director will have a proven track record in major gift fundraising or a closely related field of expertise. They will possess outstanding interpersonal competencies, the ability to effectively engage volunteer leadership, and a deep commitment to instilling practices and a culture within advancement that reflects UNH.

Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 5-7 years
Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS1574FY20
Other minimum qualifications
Leadership Competencies and Personal Traits

• Orientation as a team player and leader with strong management skills.
• A metrics-driven, entrepreneurial mindset that informs strategy and work.
• A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree a plus).
• Five-to-seven years of fundraising experience (or equivalent experience e.g. sales/marketing) and proven success in a comprehensive campaign closing major gifts as well as a comfort level with planned and annual gift solicitations.
• Exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and analytical skills, and project management skills.
• Experience with board volunteer management and the ability to maintain a high level of diplomacy.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Openness to travel on behalf of UNH for donor visits or as the University’s representative.
• An advocate for diversity.
• Flexibility and a sense of humor.
• Proficiency in fundraising database technologies and Microsoft Office.

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