The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Student Athletics/National Commodore Club and Athletics Development, the Associate Director of Development assists in planning and implementing the programmatic vision for the Athletics development and alumni relations office.
In addition to identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, friends, firms and foundations for major gifts, the Associate Director also supports the Executive Director in coordinating operational services and activities, and helps to integrate Athletics major gift fundraising efforts with the work of the Director of Alumni Relations, the Annual Giving team, and other Athletics and DAR colleagues.
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Identify, cultivate and solicit alumni, friends, and foundations for gifts of $100,000 and above; make direct solicitations; staff athletics events and volunteers as needed.
Manage a portfolio of approximately 65-75 major gift prospects and donors.
Assist the Executive Director in coordinating operations regarding major gifts fundraising, alumni relations, public relations, and communications. This includes working with prospect research, gift processing and accounting, reporting and analysis, office management, budgeting, and collaboration with Athletics and DAR colleagues as needed.
Assist with implementing a comprehensive fundraising program that will drive larger success in both major and annual giving to support key priorities of Athletics – endowed and annually funded scholarships, renovated and expanded facilities, endowment for coaching positions, outright support for specific sports programs, and growth in the NCC (unrestricted support). Engages other senior leadership at Vanderbilt as needed, and coordinates key volunteers.
Support the Executive Director in strengthening Athletics major gift pipeline.
Develop strong relationships within the Athletics ticket office and marketing departments.
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Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience, or the equivalent, is required.
Prefer three or more years of development experience, including direct solicitation of five- and six-figure gifts from individuals.
Familiarity with Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major university athletics environment.
Experience in managing and leading volunteers
The capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment
The ability to apply sound judgment in all situations is required, as are excellent organizational skills with a meticulous attention to detail
Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities are essential
Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences
Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education, athletics, and to the principles governing Development and Alumni Relations
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