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Director of Development and Donor Relations

Richmont Graduate University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Date Posted: 02/22/2018
Categories: Education - Fundraising - Marketing/Public Relations
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

This is a full-time position located in Atlanta which reports directly to Dr. Timothy Quinnan, Richmont Graduate University's dynamic new President who assumed office in August of 2017 (https://www.richmont.edu/about/leadership/president-timothy-quinnan-ph-d/). In this vital role, the Director of Development and Donor Relations will co-create and take the lead in operationalizing a comprehensive development strategy for Richmont Graduate University. A critical part of the job will be identifying as well as engaging individual and corporate donors. The Director of Development and Donor Relations will focus on advancing the mission of the University by assessing current resource needs and targeting future growth opportunities. He or she will manage a small development team, which will expand as new fund-raising milestones are reached. This individual must demonstrate initiative, combine vision with practical experience, and thrive working independently as well as on a team. A track record of both increasing responsibilities as well as measurable successes is essential.

 

Primary Duties:

 

  • Work with the President to create a comprehensive, multi-year development plan to expand and diversify Richmont's donor base
  • Spearhead the initial identification and cultivation of individual donors, corporations, non-profit organizations, churches, and other partners
  • Create sustainable revenue streams through solicitation of gifts, grants, and foundation support; set annual goals and monitor/adjust strategies to achieve them
  • Keep abreast of trends in philanthropy as they inform emerging ‘best practices' and introduce those supporting University goals
  • Establish and promote a clear and consistent brand for the university in conjunction with the Director of Communication and the University's Communications Task Force
  • Plan and coordinate donor events and other fund-raising activities with the Director of Alumni Affairs
  • Oversee all grant applications, coordinate submissions with grant-development firm, monitor progress, provide feedback to faculty/staff authors, and track results
  • Establish a synergistic relationship with the President, Vice President of Finance, Board of Trustees, and volunteers to assure the effective use of talents, resources, and ideas in fundraising; instill entrepreneurial practices across the organization
  • Travel in the Atlanta and Chattanooga metropolitan areas to build relationships with current and potential donors
  • Accurately collect, manage, and analyze donor data and prepare donor reports showing results and meaningful trends
  • Provide continual information on development activities to the President.
  • Serve as Richmont's internal "project leader" in executing day-to-day details of a future capital campaign


Required Qualifications:

 

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Strategic thinker with ability to manage short-term and long-term plans and goals, with a record of achieving results
  • Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
  • Outstanding written and verbal communicator
  • Adept at problem-solving
  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also be effective independently
  • Ability to remain organized and multi-task with excellent prioritization abilities
  • Comfort using all Microsoft Office products, especially Excel
  • Poised, professional, polished


Education and Experience:

 

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred in business, marketing or nonprofit leadership with fundraising experience
  • 3-5 years of outcomes-based fundraising experience

 

Timeline: Open until filled. Anticipated start date of June 1, 2018.

 

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

 

About Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University is a private, Christian institution committed to equipping graduates who function at the highest professional levels of clinical counseling and vocational ministry. The University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers graduate-level Master's degree programs from its School of Counseling and School of Ministry. The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by CACREP, which is the highest accreditation available in the mental health field. The University operates two physical campuses in Atlanta and Chattanooga, and a virtual campus online. Richmont is renowned for its distinguished faculty as well as its unparalleled field training, which guarantees all students on-site internships. Through Richmont's ten University-operated counseling centers near its campuses, over 25,000 clients are served annually. Richmont is the oldest faith-integrated counseling program in the eastern United States, and its graduates have consistently scored well above the national average on the national counselor exam. Established in 1933, Richmont enjoys a rich heritage and has over 1,400 distinguished alumni making a profound and positive difference in the lives of others.