MidAmerica Nazarene University, located in Olathe, Kansas, is seeking qualified candidates for the Director of Development - Major Donor Relations. This Director position exists to assist the entire University community in obtaining the financial resources necessary to fulfill its mission and achieve the ongoing vision of the Board of Trustees and the executive leadership team. The major donor program at MidAmerica Nazarene University is one of several complementary areas within the Office of University Advancement to assist in establishing a strong financial base for ongoing University operations and strategic planning. The Director works closely with other program directors under the supervision of the Vice President for University Advancement. .
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Member of the development leadership team that serves to coordinate activity in fundraising and university relationships.
Works with colleagues responsible for the MNU University Fund, Planned Giving, MNU Foundation, and Alumni under the daily organization and coordination of the Vice President for University Advancement.
Responsible for organizing and implementing programs and activities that result in major gifts from alumni, University constituents, corporations, and foundations.
Assists the development team in identifying and cultivating relationships with persons and corporations who will donate a minimum of $10,000 annually to the University.
Conducts one-on-one solicitations, traveling as necessary, establishing and maintaining excellent donor relations, providing written proposals to major gift prospects as needed, and including University leadership as appropriate.
Responsible for corporate engagement and solicitation activities.
Plays an active supportive role to the Vice President for University Advancement in the planning and implementation of capital and endowment campaigns, especially related to major individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
Plans and implements, with the development leadership team, an annual program of work designed to maximize contact with potential major gift donors.
Organizes and implements major fundraising among individual and corporate constituencies in local, regional and national contexts.
At the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement, represents the University in public meetings, civic events and service club programs where information about the University needs to be presented or information important to the University is presented.
Demonstrated ability with at least five years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or high education, are required.
Demonstrated ability to articulate the need for financial resources at a Christian college or university and to close presentations successfully is a necessity.
Experience in working independently in a fast-paced environment without extensive administrative support and exceptional organizational abilities with fluency in managing multiple projects and competing priorities with professionalism and grace.
Demonstrated communication skills in both oral and written forms are required.
A familiarity with the principles and practices of wealth management is preferred
A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement; preference will be given to persons with studies related to fundraising, organizational development and community relations either by formal education or professional development.
Experience with individual and corporate foundations is preferred.
Experience in organizing and motivating volunteers is preferred.
Application: Include the following documentation when applying on-line at www.mnu.edu/jobs.
List of professional references (minimum of 3 with phone number and email address included)
Statement of faith. See details below.
Statement of Faith: MidAmerica Nazarene University is an intentionally Christian Community and desires that all employees in positions of leadership reflect a foundational Christian position in word, attitude and action. While there is no predetermined length or format for the Personal Statement of Faith, the norm is a one or two page narrative document describing the applicant’s central Christian beliefs, significant formative influences in the applicant’s Christian experience (e.g., religious experiences of conversion or the affirmation of one’s faith, one’s family and/or home life, spiritual aspirations), and ways in which the applicant’s faith is being demonstrated in daily patterns and practices.
MidAmerica Nazarene University is interested in reviewing applications from qualified members of traditionally underrepresented groups in America, including women and racial and ethnic minorities.
MidAmerica Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion,* age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in the hiring process, during employment, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.
*Christian faith and employment at MidAmerica Nazarene University: MidAmerica Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964). Preferred candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to the Christian faith, active participation in a local church, and a philosophy of Christian higher education consistent with the Wesleyan tradition.
Read the university’s full Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement at www.mnu.edu/jobs.