Department Name: 81016:AGRICULTURE OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is seeking an experienced philanthropy professional with a passion for agriculture and extension, the Director of Extension Philanthropy position. The Director of Extension Philanthropy will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gift individual prospects/donors that could include a select number of corporate/association partners—using a donor-centered philosophy to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue stream to support the University's strategic land-grant mission. The individual will work closely with the Director of Extension in identifying priorities. The individual will also will create and effectively recruit and manage a group of part-time area extension agents to help build local relationships and provide insight for prospect development. Duties include managing relationships with county extension offices and their staff to develop and strengthen relationships with these key stakeholders and serving as the Extension specialist for philanthropy. Extensive travel throughout Kentucky is required.
A self-managed working style that includes the ability to devise strategies, engage prospective donors and advance relationships to solicit a major gifts of $25,000 or more. Excellent communication skills, written and oral to articulate the value of the University's land grant mission and Colleges' mission to prospective donors and convey how their gifts would make a difference.
Proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $25,000+ level, or equivalent experience in related field. Should have a high degree of computer literacy and management information skills. Travel domestically required.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
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Required License/Registration/Certification :
Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred, plus 5-7+ years' experience in philanthropy, with an experience in major giving from individual donors. Experience in Cooperative Extension work as an agent, specialist, volunteer or client is preferred. Major Gift Philanthropy/fundraising experience preferred.
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