The Director of Development for the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) serves as a member of the UMD Advancement Team which is led by the Executive Director of Advancement. The Director of Development for SCSE reports to the Managing Director of Development and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the SCSE’s advancement strategy including fundraising, development and budget management. This position collaborates closely with the SCSE Dean to advance College priorities through philanthropy. The SCSE Director of Development also collaborates in Advancement efforts related to alumni engagement, marketing and communications.

This role serves as the lead development officer for the College, and helps fulfill the mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth by providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction for the College’s development plan. The person in this role is charged with the goal of increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. The SCSE Director of Development strives to implement high impact philanthropy and engagement with a broad range of UMD stakeholders.

The SCSE Director of Development works closely with the University of Minnesota Foundation to utilize and leverage the central resources and services that support and enhance the SCSE development program. The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) is the philanthropic foundation that accepts and manages gifts for the University of Minnesota and serves as the official fundraising arm of the University. It provides centralized fundraising and related programs and services for the entire University development and advancement community.

This position requires in-person presence with an opportunity to work hybrid. 20% travel commitment, with availability required during nights, and weekends.

The minimum annual compensation for this position is $95,191.83. Final compensation will be determined at the time of offer based on education, experience, etc.

Primary Responsibilities:

Development Leadership (80%)

Serve as the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Development Officer.
In collaboration with the College’s dean, develop philanthropic priorities to be met through major and principal gift fundraising in support of the College’s students, departments, programs and research units.
Manage active portfolios of current and prospective donors, including an active portfolio of a defined number of donors, a discovery portfolio of potential donors and a stewardship portfolio of prior but not future donors.
Secure resources through metric-defined activities for a 3b gift officer, including 15 solicitations of $50,000+ with 10 funded, fundraising production of $1.5m+, 125 substantive contacts, etc.
Serve as a member of the UMD Advancement Team. Work regularly and closely with team colleagues in development, alumni, operations & stewardship, and marketing & communications to advance UMD’s mission through progressive constituent engagement.
Build and maintain productive working relationships with the College dean, faculty and staff and engage these partners to enhance the culture of philanthropy at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
In conjunction with University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Minnesota Foundation, and the team’s Marketing & Communications partners, develop clear, consistent, cohesive, and compelling messaging that articulates a case for philanthropic support of funding priorities.
Serve as an exemplary University of Minnesota Duluth advocate in the community.
Manage special projects, meetings and team activities on behalf of the supervisor as assigned.
Supervise a level 2 Development Officer or student worker when assigned.
Team Collaboration (15%)

Participate in team meetings and projects.
Communicate and collaborate with team members as needed.
Actively participate in building a team culture which promotes a strong sense of teamwork, mission-driven activity, collaboration, nimbleness, problem-solving, creative thinking, excellence, innovation, and professional growth, as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Other (5%)

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.
Minimum five years experience of:
Demonstrated ability to successfully solicit major/principal gifts through identification, qualification, cultivation, successful solicitation and stewardship OR
Experience in marketing, sales, public relations, financial advisement or related field with emphasis on relationship cultivation and solicitation of individuals/businesses
Demonstrated strong organizational and management skills.
Superb oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:

Education, experience or knowledge related to the disciplines represented in the College.
Higher Education fundraising experience.
Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
University HSA contributions
Disability and employer-paid life insurance
Employee wellbeing program
Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
Financial counseling services
Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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