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Job ID: 124527

Director of Philanthropic Organizations
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Date Posted Jun. 17, 2019
Title Director of Philanthropic Organizations
University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, FL, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement
    Alumni Relations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is currently recruiting for a Director of Philanthropy Organizations. Reporting to the Senior Director of Special Initiatives for the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement team, the Director of Philanthropy Organizations manages a diverse array of affinity-based philanthropy organizations aimed at increasing engagement with prospective donors, widening the Eagle network, and attracting substantial annual gift income for scholarships and student or faculty projects.

The Director will work closely with the Dean of each College and other members of the philanthropy and alumni relations team to identify, recruit, engage, solicit, and steward qualified candidates for college-based philanthropy councils. The Director will develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy in collaboration with colleagues in the philanthropy and alumni communications unit and the colleges, publishing monthly content to members of each council and sharing the impact of their contributions. The Director will coordinate or organize campus meetings and special events for the councils, engaging them with their college’s scholarship students, faculty, and leadership.

The Director shall also establish, coordinate or direct other philanthropic organizations, potentially including societies for master pilots and master mechanics respectively, a university-level council, and philanthropic activities of a parents’ organization. The Director will personally engage individuals to cultivate, solicit, and steward members of these organizations and/or may assist colleagues in engaging them. Collaborate with colleagues in alumni engagement to provide supplemental engagement of high-net-worth alumni volunteers and especially network leaders. Implement a town-gown donor acquisition program. May provide consultation to other team personnel and campus partners who are themselves coordinating their own approved philanthropic organizations.

The Director must be a proactive, creative and tenacious problem-solver; unfailingly positive, engaging and gracious; nurturing of professional and client relationships and a careful listener with high emotional intelligence; professional, poised and polished; discrete with confidential material; an exceptional communicator and brand ambassador; and a service-oriented member of the team. The Director must possess the ability to work with a sense of urgency, high attention to detail and commitment to producing excellent, finished work with minimal oversight. The Director must perceive and recommend opportunities for synergy and possess the ability to leverage their advancement experience and professional insights to make sound, independent decisions with strategic and financial impact on the program and the University.

This is a full-time, exempt position.


Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree
3 years of advancement experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:
Professional experience in membership organizations and/or in the fields of volunteer management, persuasive writing, graphic design, and/or events management


Proper business correspondence
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Basic understanding of HTML and web editor’s tools
Proficiency with event planning software; Attend.
Use of general office equipment and computer
Use of the internet as a productivity or research tool
Business and professional etiquette
Development and alumni relations best practices
Basic understanding of research


Effectively use and communicate through social media techniques and platforms
Apply mobile device technology for productivity, communication, and social media
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Problem solving skills, emphasizing a solutions-oriented mentality
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong analytical skills
Basic budgeting and cost-estimating
Customer relations skills
Comprehend, analyze, and synthesize prospect reports, maps, tables, graphs, & other technical information


Ability to master the use of iModules and other tools for social media and its analysis
Ability to ask identify and personally ask alumni for opportunities to become engaged
Ability to work in a team environment
Energetic and self-motivated, well-prepared, with routinely robust follow through.
Demonstrate strong character, emphasizing integrity, caring, honesty, as well as loyalty to the institution
Develop proficiency with University’s fundraising database/software
Maintain positive and respectful engagement with colleagues and clients
Effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Adaptable and resilient when confronted with challenges and changing priorities
Manage and meet deadlines
Adhere to divisional and university policies and procedures.
Compile expense reports
Plan and appropriately execute social engagement activities
Read and generate prospect reports, maps, and other technical information associated with giving and engagement
Work effectively in a multi-faceted organization and develop cooperative and mutually respectful relationships with stakeholders at all levels as well as diverse individuals and communities
Manage sensitive and confidential information
Demonstrate an authentic and enthusiastic interest in the mission of the university
Lift overhead and carry 25 pounds
Optimize travel planning and execution
Be able and willing to travel short and long distances by automobile, train, or aircraft
Require to have current driver’s license
Work frequently on evenings and weekends

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