Director of Development and Family Engagement

Posted on 11/22/2022

Flagler College

St. Augustine, FL

The Director of Development & Family Engagement is responsible for raising major gifts to meet the priorities of the college. This includes carrying a major gift portfolio of up to 200 major gift prospects and soliciting major and planned gifts of $10,000 or more. The position also works with academic departments to facilitate their fundraising needs and works with the donors associated with the advisory board that supports the department. This position will also focus on major gift solicitation efforts among current and past parents and manages the Parent Leadership Council (PLC). Significant travel is also required.

Essential Functions: 

  • Represents Flagler College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Solicits major gifts of $10,000 or more using a moves management process.
  • Maintain a personal visit schedule of 150 to 200 face-to-face contacts per year including first-time discovery visits.
  • Presents 18 to 24 major gift proposals per year.
  • Works with an assigned academic department and the associated advisory board.
  • Demonstrates teamwork, working with other departments and faculty to meet the funding needs for the college.
  • Directs the planning, development, and promotion of meaningful events and volunteer opportunities that strengthen the parent network and support the fundraising goals of Flagler College. Events in which this position is involved include Roar Up Orientation, Family Weekend, Move-In Days, and Campus Visit Days. Volunteer opportunities identified will include pathways for in-person and virtual engagement.
  • Manages and solicits a Parent Leadership Council board with a goal of securing 7 new members annually.
  • Makes at least 72 (40%) parent visits annually while soliciting 9 major gift proposals from parents.
  • Utilizing RE database to document call reports, historical records, giving history, and communications with donors and prospects.
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Supports the Senior Director of Development and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in fostering a productive, positive, and collegial office setting.
  • Participates in a mid-year performance discussion and a performance evaluation each year.
  • Performs such other College-related duties as may be required by the Senior Director of Development and/or the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required and 1 to 5 years of successful fundraising experience preferred.
  • Experience working with volunteer staff and board members.
  • Qualify for a valid Florida driver’s license and possess the willingness to travel.

Characteristics Preferred: 

  • Ability to organize and manage multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and speak articulately in order to communicate persuasively to key constituencies.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and to make proper independent decisions concurrent with College policy.
  • Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and skill in dealing with diverse constituencies and co-workers.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of sensitive and confidential information.
  • Knowledge of computer programs; willingness to learn and be efficient user of fundraising software.
  • Courteous manner in dealing with the public.
  • Ability to take direction and work with others as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Preference given to a candidate with planned giving experience.
  • Strong proven interpersonal skills to deal effectively with donors, internal organizational leadership, Institutional Advancement staff, as well as donors and prospects and their advisors.
  • Integrity coupled with the ability to engender trust and confidence.
  • Proactive strategic thinker.
  • Energetic team player.
  • Ability to actively listen.
  • Strong communication skills, articulate, conceptual and persuasive.
  • Goal and task oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Good judgment and initiative.
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); Raiser’s Edge

Flagler College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic. In addition to federal law requirements, Flagler College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the College has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of sex and gender may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), or both. Contact information for the above referenced Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the Colleges Sexual Harassment Policy can be found here:

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