The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in the region that has resulted in UTEP becoming a top tier research university with a Mexican-American majority student population.
UTEP officially opened in the fall of 1914 and is the second oldest institution in The University of Texas System (www.utsystem.edu). Today, it enrolls more than 25,000 students and is designated an R1 university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, one of only 131 (4.5%) among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. UTEP serves its primary constituency — residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico — with 72 bachelor’s degree programs, 72 master’s programs and 22 doctoral programs, including a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 81% Hispanic student population, UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the bi-national region from which it draws the vast majority of its students. Eighty-four percent of students are from El Paso County and 4 percent are Mexican nationals.
The University of Texas at El Paso was awarded an R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in December 2018. UTEP is one of only 131 (4.5%) universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this distinction. The University of Texas at El Paso is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
The University of Texas at El Paso is currently recruiting for a Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement. The position will report to Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
The position will conceptualizes, plan, and implements development and fund raising program(s) that will result in the generation of private support with a focus on major gifts. Serves as a liaison between Institutional Advancement and the assigned academic college. The department is seeking applicants who will be assigned to work in the College of Business and/or the College of Engineering. The employee will provide leadership to the college’s dean, faculty and staff on designing fundraising campaigns and helps setting and reaching established goals. Primary functions include identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts of $25,000 or greater. This position collaborates and strategizes with the respective dean in all development functions in support of the college.
The primary accountabilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Incumbents may perform all or some of the primary accountabilities listed below. Specific tasks or responsibilities will be documented in the incumbents’ performance objectives as outlined by the incumbents’ immediate supervisor or manager. This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information. Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State where the applicant resides and must be insurable as defined in the UT System BPM 16-05-02, as applicable to the performance of essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans, directs, monitors and coordinates general fund raising and major gift development program(s). Responsible for meeting fundraising benchmarks. Directs organization, planning and implementation of volunteer committees, alumni as appropriate and necessary to meet established fund raising objectives. Develops and oversees the planning, organization and implementation of prospect cultivation and solicitation for assigned programs and priorities of the College/University. Directs planning of strategies and tactics for donor solicitation by volunteers and leaders.
Develops detailed gift opportunities tailored to interest of potential major donors consistent with established needs and priorities. Prepares written proposals and other special materials for use during donor cultivation and solicitation.
Organizes and directs donor solicitation involving key volunteers and academic leaders and participates in major donor solicitations when appropriate. Devises and oversees the implementation of methods for recognizing and maintaining regular contact with past donors.
Encourages the active participation of major donors and volunteers to ensure their constant awareness of current needs.
Prepares reports and updates fundraising initiatives and successes in the assigned academic college on a periodic basis, as requested, and as deemed necessary.
Grow a major gift program including identification, cultivation and solicitation for major donor for the College of Business and/or College of Engineering.
Position will be housed in El Paso, TX and will require travel as deemed necessary.
Attends university and community events to conduct duties on weekdays, weekends and evenings. Organizes donor events locally and out of town.
Participates in various committees, professional trainings, industry conferences, and conventions.
Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use institutional software systems.
Complies with all State and University policies.
Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's objectives, policies and applicable laws.
Minimum Education required: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience required: Five years of experience, related to the statement of duties and responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Travel is required.
5 years’ experience in professional fundraising
Experience in identifying and stewarding prospective donors
Experience in identifying fundraising trends.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and manage data; plan and evaluate program effectiveness; plan and implement special events and long term campaigns; use computer technology for communications, presentations, research, and information management.
Excellent research and writing skills.
Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters as they relate to sensitive donor relations issues.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee is frequently required to use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift and move up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment ranges from moderate to very loud.