The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. (UTFI) is seeking a Senior Director for Regional & Research Philanthropy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. Under the supervision of the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs or their designee, the ideal candidate will establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with UTHSC's major internal and external constituencies which include the Chancellor and his leadership team, the Vice Chancellor of Research and his leadership team, and members of related academic, administrative, research, and clinical programs; volunteers and alumni.
Responsibilities include building a portfolio of major gift prospects through ongoing identification work and one-on-one discovery calls as assigned by the Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs; develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects; tripartite asks which include annual, major, and planned gift commitments, are to be the focus of discussions; build close working relationships with college leadership who will be effective in communicating their vision and provide opportunities for individual and group presentations; collaborate in orchestrating reunion and class programs, including the identification and recruitment of volunteers; manage a portfolio of alumni and friends primarily in the western region of Tennessee and nationally; also serve as a member of the regional fundraising team as directed, assume responsibility for contributing to the conceptualization and execution of local and regional events for major donors and prospects; work with colleagues, faculties and volunteers in identifying annual and major gift prospects; develop a knowledge base of the UTHSC Operational Strategic Plan for Research in order to interpret and represent its strengths, implementation plan and funding priorities. The Senior Director will engage in timely stewardship activities and collaborate with colleagues in the coordination of all prospect activities; support the overall goals of the department and be an active participant in UTHSC development and alumni affairs; engage planned giving staff as appropriate on prospective donor calls; accept other major assignments from the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs or their designee that will benefit the overall program; travel as required; comply with the department's policies and procedures.
Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor's degree in a relatable field; a master's degree is highly preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of five or more years of experience in biomedical research and college-based fundraising or related experiences with some management experience. Successful candidate must possess a high level of motivation, initiative, flexibility, and creativity with ability to focus and prioritize. The ability and willingness to travel nationally is required. ANDI experience is preferred.
Skills: The preferred candidate must have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex environment, be flexible, creative, and have the ability to prioritize. The ideal candidate will be able to provide strategic leadership, have a general understanding of biomedical research.
In order to be considered for candidacy, a resume and cover letter must be submitted in addition to the online profile.
The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the University of Tennessee Foundation's legal duty to furnish information.
The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.