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Executive Director of Major Gifts

Apply now Job no: 493456
Full time/Part time: Full-time
Location: South Orange
Categories: Administrator

The Executive Director, Major Gifts manages Seton Hall’s Major Gifts team and program. The Executive Director develops, implements and adjusts plans, goals and budgets; manages, mentors and guides staff; and is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of 5, 6 and 7-figure prospects, solicitations and gifts, working under the direction of the Associate Vice President, Development and in close concert with Division and campus colleagues to secure significant philanthropic support for Seton Hall.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead, motivate, mentor and evaluate the Major Gift Officers. Develop goals, plans and performance measures. Monitor activity and progress toward goals. Work with the team and individual officers to develop materials and research to adequately support the solicitation of major gifts.
  • Plan, manage and evaluate all Major Gift fundraising and support programs and initiatives including initiatives for schools and colleges, in consultation with each dean, annual fundraising plans, fundraising communications and messaging – in consultation with communications staff, planning, managing and accounting for Major Gift team budget, annual plans, progress toward goals, and other administrative matters.
  • Serve as a valued source of fundraising expertise and guidance to the Associate Vice President, Development and the entire fundraising and Advancement team.
  • Undertake duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of prospects, leading the Major Gift team by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding principal and major gift prospects for University priorities.

Required Qualifications:

  • The position requires Bachelors and 8+ years of demonstrated success guiding teams to success, including a history of being a strategic thinker, a detailed planner, an effective delegator and motivator, and a positive, optimistic leader
  • Demonstrated understanding of and success in fundraising, its best practices and in raising financial support for a variety of causes and capital campaigns; a high level of integrity, trustworthiness, a record of working collaboratively across organizations to meet shared goals, and an ability to inspire staff and volunteers to achieve and surpass goals and objectives.
  • This position also requires someone with an understanding of and commitment to developing support for Seton Hall and its Catholic educational mission.
  • Incumbent must also possess valid driver's license and access to reliable auto for travel related to position accountabilities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree preferred.

Salary Grade:

  • Administrative - AD210


  • Exempt

Physical demands:

  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs
  • General office environment

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Please submit names and contact information for at least three professional references.


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