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Director of Major Gifts, Health Sciences
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Purpose: The Director of Major Gifts for the UMKC Health Sciences campus leads the fundraising activities of the UMKC School of Medicine in concert with the Dean. Responsibilities include donor visits, proposal development, and identification and solicitation of major gifts (more than $25,000) from individuals, corporations, and foundations. In addition, the Director develops annual fundraising plans based on the school’s priorities as identified by the Dean and the leadership of the UMKC Foundation. This position will also serve as a liaison between the School(s) of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing. The Director of Major Gifts is an integral member of the UMKC Foundation team.

The position must sustain positive and mutually rewarding relationships between the Health Sciences campus donors; partner with other Major Gift and Advancement Directors to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies; and oversee recognition events, marketing and communications for the school’s donors.

Organizational Relationships: The Director of Major Gifts has a dual reporting relationship to one of the UMKC Foundation’s Assistant Vice Presidents and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

Essential Duties:

  1. Prepare and implement strategies to attain development goals and objectives.
  2. Manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors with capacity to give $25,000 or more.
  3. Meet annual goals for personal/face-to-face visits and total contacts a month (as determined by the Foundation)
  4. Effectively employ the Dean and key faculty as partners in strategy development, donor cultivation, and solicitation.
  5. Work with advisory boards as they relate to fundraising, alumni and marketing.
  6. Ensure the communications and marketing efforts of the unit are coordinated with development and alumni efforts.
  7. Work as part of a supportive team of development professionals.
  8. Collaborate with university leadership, faculty and volunteers.

Knowledge Required: The incumbent will be skilled at managing prospects from identification through stewardship. He/she will communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Other key skills include:

  • Creative thinking,
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship savvy,
  • Data analyzation knowledge,
  • Articulate speaker and excellent written communication skills,
  • Ability to meet goals and objectives,
  • Effective organizational and marketing skills,
  • Works independently as well as part of a team,
  • Familiarity with database computer systems and microcomputer applications.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University.
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the University’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees and other volunteers, and the UMKC Foundation team.
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
  • This officer must be able to work independently while also working as a member of the university fundraising team.
  • Ability to see and understand the objectives of the major gifts group, the annual giving program and the alumni association, and to integrate the major gifts program with those objectives.
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic fundraising plans.
  • Ability to articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy into” the vision/mission/goals of the university and understand with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more.
  • Knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
  • In addition to these general skills, the position requires the ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (1) to initiate contacts with potential major donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations when appropriate; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of training and experience. A master’s degree in business or public administration and management, and/or CFRE preferred. A minimum of five or more years of experience in individual major gift fundraising and working with volunteer boards and committees, preferably in higher education, or related field are required. Knowledge and appreciation for health sciences, preferred.

Supervisory Controls: Incumbent must have a high level of independence in accomplishing the responsibilities of the position. Goals, priorities, and major projects are reviewed and discussed on an on-going basis with the UMKC Foundation Assistant Vice President.

Guidelines: Guidelines are provided by the goals and objectives of the position, by fundraising strategies and techniques, by stewardship guidelines, and by the goals of the UMKC Foundation and the mission of the University. Confidentiality and discretion are mandatory.

Complexity: The ability to interact comfortably, tactfully, and effectively with varied internal and external constituencies is essential. Must display a high level of maturity and personal integrity and ability to understand, develop, and sustain resilient and dynamic relationships with donors, colleagues, and senior management.

Scope and Effect: Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with donors, this position has a significant effect on private giving. Success in this role affects the Health Science campus’s ability to meet its goals and provide the best possible education and conduct life-changing research.

Environmental Demands: This position does not require unusual physical ability. Little physical exertion is involved, although considerable pressures exist; ability to handle tension and stress in a positive manner is required. No risks or discomforts are imposed upon this position by the physical surroundings or job situation. Frequent travel, as well as evening/weekend work, are required.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

About the UMKC Foundation: The UMKC Foundation is a separate but affiliated enterprise that is devoted to raising funds for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and for exercising fiduciary responsibility over endowments and other philanthropic investments made to UMKC.

If you are interested in helping grow the culture of philanthropy that supports UMKC, please send your cover letter and resume to: