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Director - Development
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Jan. 19, 2023
Title Director - Development
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department VP Institutional Advancement
Application Deadline 02/02/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Director - Development

Salary: $67,283.00 - $89,823.00 Annually
Job Type: FT Exempt Salaried Staff
Job Number: FY2300422
Closing: 2/2/2023 11:59 PM Mountain
Location: 800 W University Parkway, Orem
Division: VP Institutional Advancement

Position Announcement
UVU is looking for seasoned fundraising professionals to fill two vacant Director of Development positions. These positions are part of the Institutional Advancement team for strategy and collaboration and are embedded in areas of the institution. One in the Student Affairs division working directly with the Vice President, and the other in the School of Education working directly with the Dean. These positions work to strategically secure resources that support scholarships, programs, and facilities.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Raises funds from external constituencies. Manages an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects, identifies and qualifies prospects, engages and cultivates current and prospective donors, and directly solicits donors for major gifts and stewards donor relationships. Drafts and executes development gift agreements, gift acceptance letters, funding proposals, or other presentations associated with development. Represents the college/unit at key development and alumni events and fundraising or donor engagement opportunities.
  • Organizes and implements development strategy internally. Prepares and implements development plans for the college or unit. Organizes and develops leadership within the unit's fundraising-oriented advisory or volunteer organizations. Monitors college- or unit-based alumni relations efforts and manages volunteers assisting with those efforts. Supports central development efforts, including a majority of colleges or campus units, e.g. the President's Scholarship Ball. Collaborates with development staff across campus to achieve the goals of the College and of the University.
  • Unique to Student Affairs, the Director is also expected to identify and build engaged learning partnerships with academic departments and community organizations for student engaged learning experiences. Additionally, the Director of Major Gifts is expected to document development efforts, to build a donor pipeline and to identify and research potential funding sources and opportunities. The Director must also maintain records on donor prospects according to university standards, including pertinent information on individuals and organizations and their interest in and ability to support the school's initiatives and programs. May supervise full or part-time support personnel and/or student workers or interns.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor's degree in a related discipline plus three years of staff level experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the Summary of Duties totaling seven years.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities


  • Knowledge of and significant direct experience with fund raising procedures, techniques, and the ability to apply this knowledge in personal fund raising.
  • Strong knowledge of effective web-based search engines and search strategies.
  • Knowledge of academic operations, governance, and culture.
  • Knowledge of gift planning strategies.


  • Strong aptitude with standard office productivity software which must include Microsoft Office programs.
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Strong strategic planner and critical thinker skills.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with business, philanthropic, and community leaders.
  • Ability to plan effective development strategies for donors.
  • Ability to think conceptually, globally, and understand the comprehensive operation of an institution of higher education.
  • Ability to appropriately represent the dean/unit leader and the interests of their unit.
  • Experience with administration, including methods and techniques for the preparation, analysis, and conformity with budgets.
  • Ability to effectively manage records and databases.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Possess a professional outlook and keen sense of accountability and be highly energetic, focused, and outcome-oriented.
  • Ability to freely navigate multiple campus sites, including visits to other campus locations.

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