Job Details

Director of Development

Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/05/2018

JOB TITLE: Director of Development
DEPARTMENT: University Advancement
REPORTS TO: Vice President of University Advancement

Marylhurst University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary to provide a high quality academic experience and to educate the underserved in the community. The university has a long standing reputation for providing innovative and personalized approaches to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. In keeping with the foundation created by the Sister’s values and inspirations, the university places a high value on creating a sense of community, service and social justice and ethical leadership. The university is located just south of Portland, Oregon, near Lake Oswego, in one of the most idyllic campus settings, adjacent to the Willamette River. Visitors to the campus are struck by its beauty and peacefulness. Successful candidates are not required to be Catholic, or have any religious affiliation, to be a part of the Marylhurst community. We respect the Sisters' values as the foundation for the way we operate. Please visit for more information about the Marylhurst University community.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Director of Development (DOD) will lead the overall fundraising and alumni relations efforts for Marylhurst University, including personal gift solicitations, corporate and foundation strategies, annual fund, alumni relations, special events and department communications. The DOD will manage the alumni relations manager, donor stewardship manager, grants and communications manager, and advancement services manager. The DOD will work closely with the VP for University Advancement (VPUA) on a major gifts strategy and will manage a portfolio of prospects. The DOD will ensure that alumni relations and development efforts align with the university’s larger strategies for recruiting stronger student enrollment, building community visibility, 125th anniversary plans and additional strategic campaigns as they are developed.

1. Manage employees to ensure quality performance and culture of excellence.
2. Lead advancement staff in creating an annual development plan for the university including goals, timelines and budgets.
3. Attend Advancement Committee meetings and work with Trustees to further advancement goals.
4. Participate in cross-departmental meetings that enhance advancement efforts and bolster university success.
5. Be an ambassador for Marylhurst in the community and participate in outside events as needed.
6. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and constituency groups, both internal and external, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, Sisters of the Holy Names, community and business organizations, the media, and government officials.

1. Develop a comprehensive alumni, individual, corporate and foundation donor program focused on retention and increased gift revenue. Create comprehensive direct mail and email campaigns to build a robust pipeline of donors.
2. Focus on strengthening donor relationships through a disciplined schedule of face-to-face appointments. Grow the President’s Circle though ongoing cultivation and stewardship of donors from $250 to $1,000.
3. Lead the cultivation and solicitation of all individual and alumni giving up to $1,000, including renewal campaigns and new prospect cultivation. Integrate annual fund efforts into advancement officer efforts to ensure consistent communication to donors and potential donors.
4. Manage a portfolio of major gifts ($1,000+).
5. In partnership with VPUA, plan and implement strategies for the cultivation of corporate, foundation and government funders, including the overseeing of grant proposals.
6. Create and manage fundraising and cultivation events.
7. Work with academic leadership as needed to align donor cultivation and solicitation efforts with school programs and needs.
8. Create donor and alumni communications plans that cultivate support and foster awareness.

1. In partnership with advancement services, create reports that provide direction for advancement activities.
2. Monitor weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity to achieve gift revenue goals.
3. Manage review and verification of donor recognition lists.
4. Track and report relationship management activity using constituent management system including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospective and current donors.

1. Proven ability to fundraise and work effectively through all stages of development.
2. Excellent writing skills and the ability to create, execute, and manage direct mail and email campaigns.
3. Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities. It is necessary for the incumbent to possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Being detail oriented, well organized, focused and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy, is essential, as well as adept at problem solving and using judgment in situations requiring independent initiative and tact.
4. Manage a portfolio of donors prospects.
5. The ability to interact comfortably, tactfully, and effectively with varied internal and external constituencies is essential. Incumbent interacts on behalf of the university with donors from all of the university’s various constituencies. Must display a high level of maturity and personal integrity and ability to understand, develop, and sustain resilient and dynamic relationships with donors, colleagues, and senior management.
6. Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel, including ability to obtain/maintain insurability under the university’s vehicle insurance plan.

1. A bachelor’s degree is required.
2. A minimum of three to five years’ experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization), in development, stewardship or related field.
3. Previous experience interacting with donors is mandatory.
4. Experience with managing a diverse team and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
5. Understanding of Microsoft Office products and Raiser’s Edge.
6. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

1. Ability to lift or move materials weighing up to 25 pounds, with or without accommodation.
2. Ability to work for extended periods at computer workstation.

BENEFITS: University-paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee. Four weeks paid vacation; paid sick leave and holidays; tuition waiver program; and life and disability insurance.

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please visit and select Staff Positions found on the Job Openings page or visit

For full consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements, as attachment(s) during the application process. Review of applications will begin immediately and is on-going until the position is filled.

Salary range: $60,000-70,000

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to age, gender, color, race, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law.

Candidates with disabilities requiring accommodations and/or assistance during the hiring process may contact Human Resources.
Employment at Marylhurst University is contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.

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